Former President Donald Trump quickly spoke out via Truth Social, his alternative social media platform, after New York state Attorney General Letitia James unveiled a massive lawsuit alleging a years-long pattern of brazen financial misconduct at the Trump family business.
“Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry,” Trump insisted to his followers in a Wednesday afternoon meltdown. “I never thought this case would be brought – until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She is a fraud who campaigned on a “get Trump” platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch!” None of James’s past statements about politics erase the evidence that the attorney general and her team assembled. For instance, the valuation of a golf club in New York’s Westchester County was calculated as though high-dollar initiation fees that didn’t actually exist had been imposed, and at another juncture, the size of Trump’s residence at Trump Tower in Manhattan was overstated.
And at yet another point, the Trump firm more than doubled the valuation of a New York City building at 40 Wall Street after a bank-ordered appraisal put the value at $200 million. Trump’s southern Florida resort Mar-a-Lago was also presented as though money-making residential opportunities were available that were actually limited by agreements the company made. In an additional instance involving an apartment complex including rent-controlled living areas, Trump’s company “listed the overall residential units as worth $292 million, multiplying by six the figure that appraisers had assigned to the building’s residential units and storage spaces,” The New York Times says, based off James’s new revelations, which allege all of this. Multiplying a value taken from an appraisal by six in assembling the firm’s valuation of the property’s residential units suggests a dramatic level of ambition to get around basic standards.
It was more than exaggeration or mistaken impressions. The Trump company was making stuff up that wasn’t there, since in this case, they apparently also failed to provide notice of restrictions on the apartments’ rents. “Attorney General Letitia “Peekaboo” James, a total crime fighting disaster in New York, is spending all of her time fighting for very powerful and well represented banks and insurance companies, who were fully paid, made a lot of money, and never had a complaint about me, instead of fighting murder and violent crime, which is killing New York State,” Trump added Wednesday. “She is a failed A.G. whose lack of talent in the fight against crime is causing record numbers of people and companies to flee New York. Bye, bye!” It’s unclear what the “peekaboo” thing is about, but it’s obviously false she’s just ignoring violent crime in New York.
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