ALBANY – New York Attorney General Letitia James says she is seeking re-election, effectively ending her bid to become Governor of the state.
In a statement Thursday, James said “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as Attorney General, ” adding “there are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job.”
James entered the Governor’s race in late October. She became the frontrunner to challenge moderate Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hochul got the role after then-Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
As Attorney General, James was in charge of overseeing an independent civil inquiry that found Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women. Cuomo says the probe was politically motivated but presented no evidence.
James is seeking a second term as the state’s top law enforcement officer.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that James has requested trump to sit for a deposition by January 7th as part of her civil investigation into the Trump organization.
Specifically, prosecutors want to know if the organization manipulated the value of its properties.
The deposition request is not a part of a separate criminal investigation of the trump organization by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
A spokesperson for the Trump organization accused James of trying to boost her political ambitions, calling the investigation a ‘witch hunt.’