Donald Trump has lashed out at the authorities for launching a criminal investigation into his family business.
The Trump Organization has been the focus of a civil probe by the New York attorney general over whether it falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.
But on Wednesday, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that it was “no longer civil in nature”, adding: “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.”
In response, Mr Trump referred to himself in the third person as he accused Ms James, who is a Democrat, of having “literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me”.
Writing on his blog the Republican said: “She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into ‘every aspect’ of my real estate dealings.
“She swore that she would ‘definitely sue’ me.
“She boasted on video that she would be, and I quote, ‘a real pain in the a**’.”
He also stated that the investigation is “corrupt” and a “desperate search for a crime”, as he accused the district attorney’s office of “going after me for years”.
“Our movement, which started with the great election win of 2016, is perhaps the biggest and most powerful in the history of our country,” Mr Trump added.
“But the Democrats want to cancel the Make America Great Again movement, not by Making America First, but by Making America Last.”
“No President has been treated the way I have,” he continued. “With all of the crime and corruption you read about with others, nothing happens, they only go after Donald Trump.”