New York Attorney General Letitia James has called for sanctions against Donald Trump for using “frivolous” legal arguments to defend himself.
He asked that the defendants in the fraud case against the Trump Organization be fined a collective $10,000 and that the defense attorneys handling the case be fined $10,000, according to CNBC.
“The Court rejected these arguments a second time, noting that they ‘were borderline frivolous even the first time defendants made them,' and observed that a reading of defendants' brief ‘was, to quote baseball sage Lawrence Peter (“Yogi”) Bera, “Deja vu all over again,” her office said in a court filing.
He said New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has the ability “to impose financial penalties on any party or attorney in a civil action or proceeding who engages in frivolous conduct.”
Ms. James is seeking a $250 million penalty against Trump and the other defendants for allegedly engaging in financial fraud and barring him or his sons from running businesses in the state.
The case against Mr. Trump and his two older sons alleges that they regularly presented false financial information to lenders and insurance companies to benefit Mr. Trump's businesses and his own fortune.
That trial is expected to begin in four weeks.
Ms. James previously accused the former president of inflating his fortune by $2.2 billion, according to court documents released last week.
That accusation earned her a typically bombastic response from Mr. Trump on the Truth Social platform.
“WHAT I HAVE IS A BIG CASE BASED ON APPARENT NUMBERS SHOWING A NET WORTH BILLIONS MORE THAN FALSELY CLAIMED, VERY LITTLE DEBT, BIG CASH, PURE DEFAULT, “HAPPY ‘BANKS, BIG ASSETS,'” Mr Trump said . “I WAS DISAPPEARED BY NYS – ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”
The state investigation into the Trump Organization is just one of the numerous legal battles Mr. Trump is facing. has been indicted in New York for allegedly paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, twice by the federal government — once stemming from the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid and classified documents case and another for attempted subversion of the election and is allegedly inciting rebellion at the Capitol — and in Fulton County, Georgia for election interference.
Co-defendants in Mr. Trump's Georgia case may already be eyeing a move to impeach him, according to reports from Politico.
Several of the co-defendants have already begun to defend themselves, saying their actions were at the behest of Mr. Trump — a defense that many accused of rioting on Capitol Hill have tried with little success — and speculation is mounting that his former lawyer, Jenna Ellis , may be considering a partnership after the former president refused to pay her legal bills.