- NY Attorney General Leticia James sued Donald Trump, his family and businesses on September 21st.
- As of Friday, Donald Trump and Eric Trump had not officially received service of the lawsuit, according to court documents.
- The AG is already accusing Trump of ‘foul play’ in an indictment that alleges massive fraud.
It’s been three weeks since New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a major fraud indictment against Donald Trump and his family’s business, and her office has already accused the former president of “playfulness” — a formal filing of the lawsuit.
As of Friday, nearly all of the 16 named defendants in the lawsuit had officially received service of the 220-page indictment, according to the AG’s latest court read in the case.
But two of the defendants did not serve, the records show — Donald Trump, who helped run the Trump Organization after his father won the 2016 election, and his son, Eric Trump.
The AG was “diligent” in trying to serve the charges against all the accused, although her office filed a complaint in late September on another record, but the “fairness of the game” blocked the way.
“Regular service is now being terminated because of defendants’ gamesmanship and not due diligence,” complained a footnote in the late September filing.
“Ms. Haba has not responded to the AG’s emails asking her to accept services on Trump’s behalf,” the footnote added.
Haba, Eric Trump’s lawyers and AGB. The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The AG’s indictment alleges that over the past decade, Trump’s multibillion-dollar real estate and golf resort empire regularly inflated the value of properties to get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and tax breaks.
The lawsuit seeks $250 million in fines and a ban on Trump doing business in New York; James said she plans to bring the case to trial before the end of 2023.
But three former assistant attorney generals in the New York office told Isair that Trump’s side will do everything it can to delay the case — for years if possible.
The Trump team successfully delayed the pre-impeachment investigation for nearly two years, largely by filing motions and appeals challenging the AG’s document and document requests.