Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York AG Letitia James sets him up for another loss

The familiar maxim “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” that we pass on to our children encourages resilience and persistence in the face of failure. We have reason to believe that someone encouraged former President Donald Trump to take the expression to heart, and, unfortunately, he did.

There are few truisms in life, but here’s one: Trump is contentious. Very contentious.

The numerous lawsuits Trump and his allies filed in 2021, of which he lost the vast majority, are a textbook case of persistence. Trump persevered despite how often it was irrational and immoral.

There are few truisms in life, but here’s one: Trump is contentious. Very contentious. Prior to the 2016 election, a USA Today analysis found that he and his companies had been involved in 4,095 lawsuits over three decades, and more than 2,100 of those lawsuits as a plaintiff.

Lawsuits, even those that are doomed to fail, can always lead to success. Filing a complaint can scare people off; lawsuits are often costly and time consuming to defend. There can also be beneficial delays in filing a complaint, such as making two crazy assumptions, delaying a state investigation into potentially fraudulent behavior, or a Congressional investigation into an insurgency.

Let’s start with the lawsuits related to the 2020 elections, some of which began before 2021. A quick reminder: Joe Biden won the election. A direct and quite predictable result of winning a presidential election, Biden is now the President of the United States. Also, you can research and research massive electoral fraud that led to Biden’s victory, but it will be less successful than looking for a snow leopard in a blizzard, and you will end up empty. The only significant fraud perpetrated in the 2020 presidential election is the lie that there was fraud.

So it’s no surprise that lawsuits by Trump and his allies claiming fraud in the 2020 election have failed. “Fail” is perhaps too lukewarm a word to describe the fate of these election-related lawsuits: The lawsuits collapsed into a pool containing only air and concrete. According to one estimate, Trump and his allies have a 0-40 win-and-lose record in post-election prosecutions.

Let’s continue our tour of Trump’s trials by moving on to something that happened right after the election: the insurgency and the effort to stop voter certification. A select House committee is investigating the events of January 6 to determine who knew what and when. In more predictable news, the man who then ran our government and who apparently tried to reverse the peaceful transfer of power from himself to Biden doesn’t want Congress to look under the hood to find out exactly what happened. passed before and on January 6. Trump has sued to prevent the committee from obtaining certain White House documents related to the insurgency. He lost in the first instance and again in the court of appeal. Never one to be deterred by law or fact, Trump appealed to the Supreme Court for emergency relief. Stay tuned to see what our country’s highest court is doing.

Trump’s only problem with his lawsuit against James is that the law is against him.

And just when we thought the year might end before another big Trump trial strikes, the former president sued New York Attorney General Letitia James. His office is investigating whether the Trump Organization can be civilly liable, among other things, for inflating property values ​​to obtain loans and deflating property values ​​to obtain favorable tax treatment. James’ office is also working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on a criminal investigation into alleged similar behavior. (Trump was not charged with wrongdoing in the inquiries.)

Trump’s argument is that James’ investigation is politically motivated and that he must narrow it down or stop it. If Trump called James’ investigation a “political witch hunt” on your bingo card, place a marker on that square. It should be noted that Trump’s trial arrived at the door of the courthouse shortly after James’s office subpoenaed Trump to testify.

As is often the case with his lawsuits, Trump’s only problem with his lawsuit against James is that the law is against him. Prosecutors can be politically biased without violating the constitutional rights of those the prosecutor is investigating. This prosecutor just has to put them aside while she does her job.

This is just a tour of some of the highlights (or weaknesses) of the cases Trump and his allies filed in 2021. If we endeavored to provide a comprehensive list, it would almost certainly be out of date before it was released. finished, as Trump would likely have filed another complaint by then.

So, children, aim high, try hard and persevere. But if you are considering taking legal action, check to see if you have a legally recognizable claim. With that, let’s say goodbye to 2021 and the many hours Trump’s lawyers billed on his behalf.

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