‘I do not want them to be immune from state charges…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Newly elected New York Attorney General Letitia James said she plans to launch extensive investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and others who may be implicated in illegal activity on his behalf.
“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James told NBC News.
The Democratic attorney general said Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, the alleged meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the Trump Foundation are all viable probes she wants to oversee.
“We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” she said.
Referencing the recent conviction of Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, James said she plans on pursuing state charges against anyone Trump chooses to pardon.
Currently, Trump has given no indication of pardoning any former campaign staff members nor Cohen, with whom his relationship has been deeply frayed.
New York law doesn’t allow the attorney general to charge those pardoned by the president, so James has encouraged state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would change the legal proceedings.
“I think within the first 100 days this bill will be passed,” she said. “It is a priority because I have concerns with respect to the possibility that this administration might pardon some individuals who might face some criminal charges, but I do not want them to be immune from state charges.”
James has recruited former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who served under the Obama Department of Justice, to help her hire experts in Trump-related investigations.
“Taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime,” James said.
James also said she supports special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian officials.
“[He’s] doing an excellent job,” she said. “I think he’s closing in on this president. And his days are going to be coming to an end shortly.”