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Trump mad at New York and Cuomo

Mar 13, 2019 12:55 am

President Donald Trump erupted at the state of New York and its governor, Andrew Cuomo, on March 12. He did not specify what exactly he was upset about, but two news stories might be the source of his anger. As stories broke about another investigation into Trump's business dealings, and legislation to change the double jeopardy law in the state, Trump tweeted, "New York State and its Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are now proud members of the group of PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS. No wonder people are fleeing the State in record numbers. The Witch Hunt continues!" Michael R. Sisak reports in the Albany Times Union that New York's attorney general Letitia James opened a civil investigation, issuing subpoenas March 11 to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records about four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified to Congress last month that Trump lied about his wealth on financial statements for Deutsche Bank when he was trying to obtain financing to buy the football team. Meanwhile, in the state legislature, Dan M. Clark reports in The New York Law Journal that legislators in Albany have a deal to pass legislation that would close the so-called double jeopardy loophole. That is a section of state law that blocks state prosecutors from bringing the same charges against an individual who’s received a presidential pardon of federal crimes. “We do have an agreement with both houses. We anticipate that the bill will be passed in the coming weeks,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “We would urge the state Legislature to move the bill.” Paul Manafort Jr., former Trump campaign chairman convicted of tax and bank fraud charges, would be exempt from the law if the president were to pardon him, since he was sentenced before any change was made.