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New York State government joins the War on Trump

New York State government joins the War on Trump

The New York Attorney General’s Office, and now the state legislature, are targeting a political opponent: Donald Trump, his family, his businesses, and his allies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1yj0NKSsuU

The State government in New York has become part of the #Resistance to Trump, and not just on policy issues.

The law enforcement and legislative functions have been co-opted to target Trump because he is a political enemy. In the war on Trump, important norms are being broken. It’s disgusting and dangerous.

The most prominent norm being broken is by the new Attorney General, Latitia James, who campaigned on the promise to use the full force the the State’s law enforcement powers to target Trump and his family:

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well”

Such targeting of Trump didn’t start with James, she was following up on similar targeting by former (and disgraced) AG Eric Schneiderman and interim AG Barbara Underwood. We documented this long line of Democrat New York Attorney Generals weaponizing the Office for political purposes We wrote about it in December 2018, Incoming NY Attorney General vows to use full power of the State to get Trump.

Since taking Office, James has held true to her promise to target Trump, as CNN reported in early April 2019, The New York AG’s first 100 days of war against Trump:

So far, her office has subpoenaed two banks for records related to Trump Organization projects and has continued to pursue a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, alleging it violated state and federal charities law. Asked by CNN about the lawsuit, Donald Trump Jr. dismissed it, saying there was “nothing to talk about — more nonsense.” She’s even pushed for the state assembly to pass legislation that would allow her office to pursue state charges for anyone the President pardons on federal charges…

Her office’s pursuit of tax records and details of President Trump’s businesses, along with efforts by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, could be critical leading into the re-election campaign as the Mueller investigation has ended and House Democrats are only now accelerating their investigations….

“I will never be afraid to challenge this illegitimate President,” James said during her campaign.

“Most of his business activities are performed in New York,” James told MSNBC earlier this month. “He engages in business in New York. He operates in New York. And it’s really critically important that New Yorkers, and as taxpayers … that we understand and know whether or not he devalued his corporations and he received some tax benefits thereof. That he engaged in false claims against New Yorkers and as a result of that we are seeking to see what we can do legally.”

James’ reference to “this illegitimate president” ends any doubt that she is politically motivated, not motivated by legitimate law enforcement concerns. The NY Attorney General’s Office has identified the political target, now it is searching for the crime.

James’ politicization of her Office doesn’t stop with Trump, his family or his businesses, she’s also going after a key Trump ally, the NRA, seeking to challenge its tax-exempt status:

… the N.R.A. faced a challenge from the New York attorney general, Letitia James, who had opened an investigation into the gun group’s tax-exempt status.

On Friday, Ms. James’s office sent letters instructing the N.R.A. and affiliated entities, including its charitable foundation, to preserve relevant financial records. Some of the N.R.A.’s related businesses also received subpoenas, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. Both the attorney general’s office and a lawyer for the N.R.A. confirmed the investigation….

Even before her election last year, Ms. James had promised to investigate the organization’s tax status, and had told Ebony magazine that the N.R.A. held itself “out as a charitable organization” but was actually “a terrorist organization.”

The NRA and pro-Second Amendment groups are one of the few remaining sources of opposition. Located mostly in Republican-dominated Upstate New York, opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law is a dominant political issue. The NRA has helped with opposition to the SAFE Act, and the executive branch already has retaliated, leading to a pending lawsuit. So the NRA is a de facto political opponent of Cuomo and James, in addition to be viewed as being aligned with Trump, even though the NRA is non-partisan.

The Attorney General’s war on the NRA should be viewed as part and parcel of the war on Trump.

At the same time that the full force of the Attorney General’s Office is turned on Trump world, the state legislature has been co-opted into the war on Trump. When the State Senate was in Republican hands, there was a modicum of checks and balances. But since Democrats took control of the State Senate in 2018, there are no checks or anything to balance the use of the state apparatus to get Trump.

The State Senate is taking up a bill to facilitate U.S. House Democrats getting copies of Trump’s tax returns. Trump already has sued to protect his personal financial information from being turned over to Congress.

As previously NBC News reported, a bill has been introduced to allow the State of New York to turn over state income tax returns at the request of Congress:

As congressional Democrats begin what could be a tumultuous battle to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, New York lawmakers are trying to make it easier for them to get their hands on the president’s state filings.

Legislators introduced a bill Monday that would amend the state law to permit the N.Y. Department of Taxation and Finance commissioner to release any state tax return requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation for any “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.” The bill seeks to amend state laws which generally prohibit the release of such tax information.

It’s clear that this legislation specifically targets Trump, who has sued to prevent Congress from obtaining his personal financial information. The New York Law Journal reports:

Legislation that would allow U.S. Congress to request President Donald Trump’s state tax returns from an agency in New York and another measure that would allow state prosecutors to bring charges against individuals granted a presidential pardon is expected to pass the New York State Senate, Democrats in Albany said Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester, told reporters that both bills have the support of the conference and will come to the floor for a vote sometime in the near future, though the timing on that action is unclear at this point.

“I think we’re very concerned that the federal government, our colleagues in Congress, have an opportunity to make sure the information they need is available to them,” Stewart-Cousins said of Trump’s tax returns. “To the extent that we can or must be helpful, we are certainly willing to consider that and obviously, with the attorney general, things that would be helpful for her doing her job, we want to be able to help.” ….

It fits the mold for the type of action Trump could seek to block through litigation if it becomes law. Trump, late Monday, sought through a lawsuitto block two banks from cooperating with a subpoena from Democrats in Congress seeking information on his finances. Hoylman argued on Tuesday that Trump would have no legal grounds to sue over his bill, or any results thereof.

It’s said that “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In New York State, Democrats and #TheResistance to Trump have absolute power. Unless the Courts stop this abuse of that power, we will see absolute corruption of the state government apparatus to get a political enemy.

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Off-topic (sorry) but how did LI escape the Poynter Institute list blacklisting 515 unreliable (conservative) news sources? Aren’t you insulted? What does it take to win respect?

I despise Obama, and his corrupt, authoritarian polished turd attempt to fundamentally transform America, but I accepted those election results.

I knew that long national nightmare would end in 8 years. However, these petulant Leftists are playing a dangerous game of roulette.

“When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.” – From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

I’m not advocating it. I am simply making an observation.

Hopefully, when Trump leaves office in 2025, he will move his business out of New York.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to snopercod. | May 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I have to wonder if there is not some operation that DJT (and company) has in NY that could be relatively easy to quickly move to another state, thus showing the NY government just how easily tax revenue can be removed from their ledger.

    It might cost him some money, but I get the feeling that he is one who will spend some money to prove a point.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to snopercod. | May 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    And NRA should do the same. Move to a state which actually values the 2nd. Doing so would save money.

The United States Constitution gives a single course for removal of a President before expiration of office impeachment. It does not empower local officials to use judicial process to stage a coup de etat.

I might suggest the Attorney General consider prosecution of these coup plotters under

18 U.S.C § 242 – Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law

    legalbeagle in reply to countrylaw. | May 1, 2019 at 11:33 am

    As Eliot Spitzer and Eric Schniederman found out the United States can usually find simpler transgressions to deal with the likes of Lettie. She had best be sure she has led a sinless life.

    sequester in reply to countrylaw. | May 1, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    “28 U.S. Code § 1442.Federal officers or agencies sued or prosecuted”provides for removal of such actions to Federal Court.

Another renegade deranged Trump stalker. Her vendetta against those of us who elected Trump brings great shame against New York, albeit pale shame compared with the Neanderthal governor.

The attacks on Trump are design to threaten anyone who supports him and future Republican presidential candidates.

Time to re-read Ameritopia by Mark Levine. He read excerpts from it yesterday about Venezuela but immediately applicable to this. Once the threshold is crossed things don’t end well for any country.

It used to be “who is John Gault?” , but now it is “who in Winston Smith?”

iconotastic | May 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

I suspect it would not take much investigation to bring down this clown or the NY governor.

We often say that the problem for Conservatives is we believe in doing things in accordance with the laws. It is time to use the laws to advance our objectives and hinder the Socialist-Democrats who wish us destruction.

    rdmdawg in reply to Edward. | May 3, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    We’re long past the point that we can fight this within the law. We’re in the middle of the struggle of our lifetime, and the Dems long ago abandoned any such pretext.

    Inter arma enim silent lēgēs

This woman – and really almost anyone at the NY state government level – is a disgrace. A completely under-educated, under-qualified, “Affirmative Action in Action” disgrace, a la Kim Foxx, Marilyn Mosby and probably countless others. As a person who has lived in Western NY all my life, I can truly say that none of these people even remotely represent anything I believe in. Never have, never will. As far as I’m concerned, every part of NY from Westchester County down through Long Island should just secede from the rest of the state. Or sink into the ocean.

    Barry in reply to UJ. | May 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    “Or sink into the ocean.”

    Maybe we can get that to coincide with the sliding of the western parts of California into the ocean.

    ronk in reply to UJ. | May 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    maybe the sea level rise with get them, they already have or had a problem with the drinking water for NYC

Ghost Rider | May 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm

She is no better than Adam Schiff for brains and Jerry Nadler. They are all politicians/prosecutors in search of a crime, any crime, they can use to bring Trump down. This is nothing but politically motivated harassment. And unfortunately they are in positions of power where they can harass.

AG James thinks she is going places and seeks as much publicity as possible.

buckeyeminuteman | May 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Seeing as Trump owns property in Florida, he ought to change residency. And his children ought to move the businesses to Florida. (And his daughter and son-in-law ought to get out of the Administration.) No more taxes going to NY when they continue to bite at him like flies. As NY is solidly blue in presidential elections and FL is always a swing state, the extra love to FL could give him an extra boost in 2020.

    wouldn’t make a difference, NY like other so situated are going after residents that take their money and run. NY is claiming if you spend any time at all in NYS, you are considered a part time resident and you should pay state income taxes on the time you resided there, in other words don’t spend a lot of time with kid/grand kids if they live in NYS

    randian in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | May 1, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    They’ve been auditing Rush Limbaugh every year since he left New York. They’ll do the same to Trump and every member of his extended family.

“In the war on Trump, important norms are being broken. It’s disgusting and dangerous.”

Rush is on the radio now saying the same things I am thinking which is that we live in a country where this behavior which we didn’t do before Obama is now not met with backlash from average Americans.

I don’t think this should be looked at as just about Trump. The war on Trump is, itself, a result of an increase in Liberal hostility in general. More and more they’ve moved from simply insulting people who dare to disagree with them, to attempted destruction.

Seeing how Trump’s business includes numerous properties in NYC it would be almost impossible for him to move his business.

    ronk in reply to ConradCA. | May 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    the infrastructure of the business might be in NYS/NYC but I bet they are incorporated somewhere else

Is it legal to investigate without any evidence of a crime?

    Barry in reply to ConradCA. | May 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Sentence first, verdict later.

    Of course it’s legal if it is a prog investigating a republican.

    It will remain that way until some R’s with big enough male parts show up to prosecute and put the commies in jail. I remain hopeful they are on stage now.

Dantzig93101 | May 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm

As long as leftists can damage America at no cost to themselves, they’ll keep doing it. Take the battle to them. And throw in a little “General Sherman’s march to the sea” while you’re at it.

The Leftists are nuts and fascists, no doubt about it , all of them have sold their souls, but a Black female in a position of power is special

Call me racist if you want , but I’ve personally experienced it time and time again.

There have been exceptions, but exceptions indeed.

regulus arcturus | May 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Clear abuse of power.

Remove this fascist bint.

She’s scum. Get her tax returns.

NY’ers deserve this moron, doing the bidding of george soros instead of acting for people of NY. What a bad joke.

texansamurai | May 3, 2019 at 8:58 am

another hoodrat with a title

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