A New York judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s $250 million lawsuit by former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, citing some of the arguments. or judged it to be “insignificant”.
Judge Arthur Engolon had dismissed several of Trump’s legal claims when he imposed oversight on the Trump Organization last year.
On Friday, he ruled in a written order that Trump’s repetition of the argument was “trivial.”
“Reading these arguments is to quote baseball sage Lawrence Peter (“Yogi”) Bella, and ‘deja vu again’.
Engolon had considered imposing sanctions on Trump’s lawyers, but decided against it.
“Sophisticated defense ought to have known better,” the judge wrote, adding, “This court, by its discretion, would not impose sanctions that it deems unnecessary.” added.
The judge also dismissed Trump’s claim that some of the alleged wrongdoing occurred beyond the statute of limitations.
Ivanka Trump, who left the business to go to the White House in 2017, said the allegations against her were statute of limitations and she didn’t personally falsify business records. said it held Trump “enough” responsible for surviving the motion to dismiss.
In a motion to dismiss, the judge must give more favorable consideration to the plaintiff’s arguments.
New York Attorney General Letitia James originally filed the lawsuit in September, alleging that the Trumps used fraudulent financial statements to obtain insurance, loans and tax benefits at favorable interest rates. Mr Trump has said the investigation was politically motivated.
Since then, Donald Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, has attempted to sabotage James’ investigation through multiple legal channels.
In December, a federal judge in Florida blocks James’ office from obtaining records from the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, where James owned the company when he took office in 2017. declined his request.
Donald Trump filed a civil suit in November hours after a New York judge rejected efforts to move James’ case to another division of the New York state court.
This story has been updated with additional information.