New York AG on Trump investigation: “No one is above the law”

Letitia James responds to Trump family claims that the investigation is politically motivated.
5:24 | 10/13/20

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Last week New York state investigators questioned the president's son Eric Trump as part of an ongoing probe into the trump organization's financial dealings. Let's get an update now of this, attorney general of new York letita James, thank you so much for being with us. We just have to start with the investigation. Of course, yours is looking into allegations that possibly the trump organization kind of inflated some property values for financial and economic benefit, wanted to talk to the president's son Eric Trump, you talked to him, did you get what you needed from him? First, thank you for having me, and congratulations on "Gma3." So as you know, Michael Cohen testified before congress and he testified about alleged financial improprieties. As the attorney general of the state of New York, when it comes to any allegations regarding financial improprieties in the state of New York, I have a duty to investigate. The CEO of the trump organization at the time was Eric Trump, who originally agreed to testify and then changed his mind because of the election, he couldn't, we filed a motion to compel and he came in last week and he provided testimony. Attorney general, you just said it was your duty, it's your duty to investigate, but the trump organization, the trump family says it's very different, they believe that your investigation is politically motivated and as a candidate for attorney general you did make it your mission to investigate the trump organization, president trump. What's your response to how they're qualifying this investigation? All of our investigations in the office of the attorney general, are based on facts, evidence and the law. It's an office that serves everyone in New York. It's important that we keep politics outside of the office of the attorney general. And basically, we investigate all individuals and no one is above the law, including the trump organization, and no one individual, and we have a constitutional obligation and duty to investigate allegations of impropriety. And follow those allegations wherever they lead. We know, as you attorney general do, the election is just weeks away. The president without evidence saying mail-in voting leads to fraud, what are you doing here in New York to avoid any possible lawsuits or threats to the election results come election night? It's unfortunate that the president of the United States, when engaged in suppression of the most basic and fundamental right to vote, and I and other attorneys general will continue to stand up for our democracy as we have done in the past and we'll continue to ensure that the will of the people is not overturn by any one individual. We're prepared and ready to go to the court. You're talking about the will of the people and the president's will right now is to get judge Amy coney Barrett on the supreme court. We know that those confirmation hearings are taking place as we speak here right now, you tweeted, I believe it was last month, saying no confirmation until inauguration, period, what is your concern and you talked about not playing any politics and not wanting to get into any politics, but that seems like a bit of a political statement you're making in that tweet, why should be there a delay in your mind and why put that message out there? Because we should respect the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Two, I respect judge Barrett, I respect her. She's obviously imminently qualified, she has a beautiful family and she's a woman of faith, I respect all of that, but I disagree with her fundamentally, again, on her positions with regards to the affordable care act, her positions on marriage equality, positions on a wide range of issues, and I fundamentally disagree with her position on reproductive rights and, because of these reasons and more, but most importantly, because I believe in respecting the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that this nomination should be postponed until we have a new president, until after the elections. They did it before when Barack Obama wanted to nominate a justice to the supreme court and they should obviously respect her legacy and continue their position that they put forward on president Barack Obama when he was the president of the United States, why change their position now? Why change it again 21 days out from an election? It's hypocrisy at its worst. So therefore I believe, either Republicans step forward and show some backbone, put some steel in their spine and stand up and do the right thing on behalf of the will of the people of these United States and defer her nomination. We know these are extremely busy times for you, New York attorney general letita James, so we thank you for yours. Joining us this afternoon. We certainly appreciate your time. Thank you so much. And we invite you to check out the state-by-state voting guide from our partners at fivethirtyeight, so helpful in cutting through the confusion we've been talking about.

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