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Experts: Incoming New York AG's Attacks Could Hinder Cases

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Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James (Andres Kudacki/AP)

By    |   Monday, 31 December 2018 11:17 AM

Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has called President Donald Trump an "illegitimate president" has vowed to be aggressive against him, but legal experts say her attacks could threaten her case's legal standing.

Eric Soufer, who served as senior counsel for policy for former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, told The New York Times that James' campaign comments have caused "apprehension and uneasiness" among officials who left the office after she was elected.

“She doesn’t need to expose what she thinks about Donald Trump," Soufer, now a managing director at political consulting group Tusk Strategies, commented. "What people want are results.”

James, though, has implied that Trump could face obstruction of justice charges and that there has been a "pattern and practice of money laundering" through foreign governments and Trump's real estate holdings.

She has also vowed to be as aggressive as current Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Schneiderman in pursuing Trump, and plans to continue a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation that Underwood filed.

Daniel S. Goldman, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and a former assistant United States attorney in Manhattan, said it is not likely James' comments could cause any charges against Trump to be dismissed, but still could jeopardize them if it appears she'd waged an "individualized political vendetta."

James, as the first woman and first African American elected as the state's attorney general, has defended her comments on Trump, saying she thinks her race and gender are leading to misconceptions about what she'll do once she takes office.

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Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has called President Donald Trump an "illegitimate president" has vowed to be aggressive against him, but legal experts say her attacks could threaten her case's legal standing.
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