Donald Trump has released a seemingly furious statement in reaction to a significant court defeat in which a judge ruled that he, his son Donald Jr and daughter Ivanka would have to testify in an investigation into his business practices.
In comments that were notable for their singularity even by the standards of the former president, Mr Trump accused Hillary Clinton of breaking “into the White House, my apartment, buildings I own, and my campaign”.
“In other words, she can spy on a Presidential candidate and ultimately, the President of the United States—and the now totally discredited Fake News Media does everything they can not to talk about it,” he said.
Then, in a reference to a ruling earlier in the day by a judge in New York that he and his two oldest children must answer questions under oath in the state’s civil investigation into his business practices, he denounced top prosecutor Letitia James, as a “failed gubernatorial candidate”.
“[She] can run for the office of AG on saying absolutely horrendous and false things about Donald Trump, a man she doesn’t know and has never met, go on to get elected, and then selectively prosecute him and his family,” Mr Trump said, referring to himself, not for the first time, in the third person.
“After viewing millions of pages of documents over many years, they come up with a “Fringe Benefits” case on a car, an apartment, and on grandchildren’s education.”
He added: “She is doing everything within their corrupt discretion to interfere with my business relationships, and with the political process. With the rest of the case, even Cy Vance, who just left the DA’s office without prosecuting anything additional, because there isn’t anything additional to prosecute—THERE IS NO CASE!”
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