WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump accused the New York attorney general’s office of applying a “double standard” of justice a day after his charitable foundation agreed to be dissolved under court-ordered supervision.
Trump in a series of Wednesday morning tweets took aim at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, former Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood and the incoming office holder Letitia James, saying he “will never be treated fairly by these people.”
Underwood -- who was tapped by the state legislature to replace Schneiderman in May after he resigned over sexual misconduct allegations -- filed a lawsuit in June contending the president’s tax-exempt charitable organization improperly used its funds to pay for Trump’s “business and political interests,” including paying for legal settlements. On Tuesday, the foundation agreed to shut down and donate its remaining funds to court-approved charities as part of the lawsuit.
James, who will assume the post in January, has repeatedly pledged to use the office to investigate Trump’s finances and business dealings. Schneiderman while in office filed a series of lawsuits against Trump before and after the real estate mogul was elected, and Cuomo, a former Attorney General, has also been vocal about his opposition to Trump’s agenda.
The president accused Underwood -- of doing “little else but rant, rave, & politic against me.”
Underwood’s spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick pushed back on Trump’s characterization of the longtime prosecutor, saying she was a “public servant who served as U.S. Solicitor General, clerked for [the late Supreme Court Justice] Thurgood Marshall, and has argued before the Supreme Court 20 times.”
“AG Underwood believes that there should be one set of rules for everyone -- no matter who they are,” Spitalnick said in a statement. “That’s why she filed suit against the Trump Foundation, after an investigation found a shocking pattern of flagrant and repeated illegality -- including will self dealing to serve Mr. Trump and his business and political interests.
Trump, without naming James, said on Twitter she “openly campaigned on a GET TRUMP agenda.”
James, who currently serves as New York City’s public advocate, said during her campaign victory speech in November: “I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of [Trump’s] real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.” James’ campaign did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Asked about the president’s tweets, Cuomo, in a public radio interview Wednesday described the tweets as “daily rants” that receive too much attention.