Liberal Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has found a huge hole in New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s case against President Donald Trump, warning that it “doesn’t pass the test of a legitimate civil complaint.”
As Slay New first reported, NY AG James filed a $250 million civil lawsuit on Wednesday against the Trump Organization, the 45th president, and his three eldest children.
The suit accuses the Trump family of defrauding investors.
However, Dershowitz, a Democrat, argues that the case won’t hold up in court.
“I like Letitia James,” Dershowitz said during an appearance on Newsmax.
“She’s a very nice person, but she campaigned on the promise to get Trump before seeing any evidence, and so she is just fulfilling a campaign promise.
“You can’t have prosecutors even civilly prosecute a defendant if they made a campaign promise.
“Why does Letitia James have to be out there protecting and defending the biggest banks in the country who haven’t sued him at all?
“This doesn’t pass the test of a legitimate civil complaint, and I think they should be challenging it very vigorously.
“Even if they lose in front of the trial court, they should go up on appeal.
“That’s the kind of issue that is appealable immediately, it’s a very, very strong argument.
“One thing we know about real estate assessment is it’s very open-ended and very subjective.
“You know apartments have sold in New York for double their assessment.
“It’s gonna be a very hard case for her to prove because they have to prove deliberate, intentional, willful fraud, not just that he had a different opinion of the value of his properties and others.
“It can’t be somebody who thinks that this will help their reelection campaign, and if she didn’t bring the case, she would have been unelectable the second time around.
“When a good prosecutor brings a case, you say you have to presume that it’s based on facts and law,” he said.
“I can’t make that presumption when the person bringing the lawsuit has her political career on the line, depending on whether she does or doesn’t bring this lawsuit.
“I don’t think she cares as much about losing as having brought the lawsuit, and that’s not the way the criminal justice system or the civil justice system should work.”
Newsmax Legal Analyst Alan Dershowitz: “Who were the people defrauded here? The biggest banks in the world. Why can’t they sue and take care of it themselves? Why does Letitia James have to be out there protecting and defending the biggest banks in the country?” pic.twitter.com/1mZRNYJBiL
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