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After much hype of an impending major announcement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday that the state would be filing suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), though many people online voiced disappointment that she wasn’t making an announcement regarding the tax case against President Donald Trump.
“As today’s complaints lay out, we found that the NRA […] fostered a culture of non-compliance and disregard for internal controls that led to the waste and loss of millions of assets and contributed to the NRA’s current deteriorated financial state,” James said during a press conference earlier Thursday.
“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James added. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”
Fox Business reported that Deutsche Bank has been completely complying with a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and has given him “financial statements and other records related to President Donald Trump.”
Vance’s office has also been locked in a battle with Trump over a subpoena of his accounting firm, Mazars USA. The president filed an amended lawsuit last week, arguing that the DA’s request for his tax returns and other materials was “overbroad” and issued “in bad faith.”
But Vance’s office confirmed Monday that his office’s investigation into the president, which started last year, is much wider than previously believed.
“Plaintiff’s argument that the Mazars Subpoena is overbroad fails for the additional reason that it rests on the false premise that the grand jury’s investigation is limited to so-called ‘hush-money’ payments made by Michael Cohen on behalf of Plaintiff in 2016,” Vance wrote in a filing this week.
The left, and many on the right, were anticipating an announcement meant to nail Trump on alleged tax abuse. Trump resister and co-creator of “Mueller postcards” Professor Dave Wolber indicated in a hopeful tweet that James can indict the president based on state charges for “tax fraud, bank fraud and money laundering,” despite the sitting president being immune from federal prosecution.
Trump is only immune from Federal prosecution, not state. Mueller pushed some of stuff to NY for this very reason. So NY AG Letitia James can indict the sitting president, with tax fraud, bank fraud and $ laundering the most likely charges. https://t.co/THEA1XTYQa
— Dave Wolber (@dwwolber) August 6, 2020
Many liberal users online expressed disappointment after learning that James’ announcement had nothing to do with the president. (** Language warning)
BREAKING: NY Attorney General Letitia James has a huge announcement today at 11:30 AM. This comes just a day after the NY Times reported that Deutsche Bank handed over Trump's finances to the Manhattan DA.
Who's hoping this announcement is about Trump?
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 6, 2020
So the major announcement from NY AG Letitia James was that she is looking to dissolve the terrorist organization known as the NRA.
It's not a trump takedown, but I'll take it. pic.twitter.com/Ds115xo4oQ
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 6, 2020
If word of NY AG Letitia James making an announcement generates so many questions about possible Trump-related crimes, just think about the dam breaking once he no longer has the presidency to protect him.
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) August 6, 2020
Awww, damn…she's just suing the NRA.
I mean, yeah I know they need to be taken down, but that prolly didn't need to be as big an announcement.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 6, 2020
Basically she’s mad the NRA didn’t spend more of its money opposing gun control measures
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 6, 2020
How fucking amazing will it be NY AG Letitia James a woman of color is the first person to indict Trump a sitting President of all kinds of crimes today
I will run naked through target wirh only a mask on!
— Mayday Mindy🌊 (@maydaymindy9) August 6, 2020
Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich issued a tweet decrying the transparent double-standard at play regarding Trump investigations and issued a dire warning to Republicans about the consequences of Trump losing the election in November.
(** Language Warning)
Trump – asks to have Biden investigated – impeachment cuz it’s a political rival.
NY AG and Cy Vance – PERSONALLY investigating a political rival
– that’s all good because orange man bad.
Wake the fuck up, GOP.
They’ll have you all in cuffs if you don’t win in November.
— Rogue Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 6, 2020
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