Trump reacts to New York attorney general civil lawsuit

WW4EM8 Washington, DC, USA. 12th Sep, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, DC Sept. 12, 2019. Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will not ask Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to assume a dual role of being his fourth national security advisor after the ouster of John Bolton. Credit: Ting Shen/Xinhua

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President Donald Trump sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity this week, addressing yet another lawsuit that has been brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James. He called the lawsuit a “continuation of a witch hunt that began when I came down the escalator at Trump Tower with our – who would know – our great future First Lady…”

“I actually thought that they would never bring a case, and she brought it,” Trump remarked of James. “…She didn’t have a case. I was of the impression she wanted to settle. But I had a problem because how do you pay something, even if it’s a small amount of money, if you’re not guilty?”

On Wednesday, James announced that she would bring a civil fraud lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his three adult children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, per the Washington Examiner.

The outlet further reported that James is accusing Trump of alleged “fraudulent” business dealings and seeking at least $250 million by claiming that the Trump Organization manipulated the evaluations of its assets.

“They’ve demeaned me for years with this stuff,” Trump told Hannity. “And now they find out I have very little debt, very, very little – a lot of cash, we have a great company, and we among the best assets, anywhere in the world.”

He added that he “really believed they hate our country.”

Hannity asked Trump if he had put a caveat into his asset evaluations that let banks know that the evaluations were his and pointed out that a lending organization should have a fiduciary responsibility to determine those values for themselves before they lend a massive amount of money.

“First of all, these are banks that have the best law firms in the world,” Trump said, “the biggest and best and most powerful. They do their own work – they don’t rely on us. But what we do – we have a disclaimer…I would look at it, and it looked fine.”

He added that the disclaimer essentially said, “Get your own people; you’re at your own risk. This was done by management…and by the way, it goes on for like, a page and a half. It’s a very big disclaimer; it’s a very powerful disclaimer. It basically says to an institution – you’re gonna loan money, you have to go out and make sure, you know, you get your own appraisers, your own lawyers – everything.”

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