In the continuing saga of the state of New York vs the officers of the Trump Foundation (aka, the Trumps) for running the “charitable” organization like a money-laundering and tax-dodging operations, the Trump lawyers last move was to try the old “I’m prezidentin’ so you can’t take me to court” strategy.
Scarpulla also rejected Trump’s argument that the state court lacked jurisdiction over the president in this case. While the Constitution prohibits state courts from exercising “direct control” in a way that interferes with federal officers’ duties, Scaruplla wrote: “Here, the allegations raised in the Petition do not involve any action taken by Mr. Trump as president and any potential remedy would not affect Mr. Trump’s official federal duties.”
Scarpulla noted that the defendants “have failed to cite a single case in which any court has dismissed a civil action against a sitting president on Supremacy Clause grounds, where, as here, the action is based on the president’s unofficial acts.”
“I find that I have jurisdiction over Mr. Trump and deny Respondents’ motion to dismiss the petition against him on jurisdictional grounds,” she wrote.
There’s no word whether his lawyers will try the classic Trump “You can’t sue me because you’re STOOPID!” defense.