He whined about how much he has to spend on lawyers.
Trump attacked the entire state of New York on Monday because he and his family face multiple investigations there for a range of potential illegal activities.
In a series of three tweets sent in the early afternoon, Trump whined about his corrupt foundation, the cost of living in New York, and how much money his family has to spend on lawyers because of the many investigations into their alleged wrongdoing:
"It is very hard and expensive to live in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool for his own purposes. They sue on everything, always in search of a crime, I even got sued on a Foundation which took Zero rent & expenses & gave away more money than it had. ... Now Cuomo's A.G. is harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible. So, on top of ridiculously high taxes, my children and companies are spending a fortune on lawyers. No wonder people and businesses are fleeing New York in record numbers!"
Trump, his family, and his businesses are facing legal trouble from the state of New York on multiple fronts.
At the end of 2018, Trump was forced to shutter his namesake foundation after prosecutors alleged "repeated and willful" acts of corruption. New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit last year accusing Trump and three of his adult children (Eric, Don Jr., and Ivanka) of engaging in "persistently illegal conduct" while running the foundation and seeking $2.8 million in restitution.
In March, the state of New York issued subpoenas for Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank, two banks closely associated with the Trump Organization. New York Attorney General Letitia James is demanding information about applications, mortgages, and lines of credit for Trump properties in Washington D.C., Doral, Florida, and Chicago, as well as Trump Park Avenue.
While the investigation is civil, not criminal, the attorney general has the power to levy fines and even ask a court to dissolve an organization that repeatedly engages in corrupt and illegal activities.
In his tweets, Trump also attacked former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his "abuse against women" — a shockingly hypocritical remark, as Trump himself has both admitted to being a sexual predator and has seen more than a dozen women corroborate it with accusations ranging from sexual assault to rape.
When he testified before Congress earlier this year, Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen accused Trump of breaking the law to avoid paying taxes. New York state investigators may be able to corroborate those accusations.
Trump can whine all he wants, but neither he nor his family are above the law.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.