Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced plans on Friday to file a lawsuit against New York City over the “politically motivated” hush money case against former President Donald Trump. Bailey alleges wrongful prosecution and election interference in Trump’s hush money trial, calling it a “direct attack on our democratic process through unconstitutional lawfare.” Bailey also claims the case was brought to smear Trump as a presidential nominee and that New York’s statute of limitations on falsification of business records expired in 2019, which he argues makes the trial unconstitutional.

“I will be filing suit against the State of New York for their direct attack on our democratic process through unconstitutional lawfare against President Trump,” Bailey wrote in an X post. “It’s time to restore the rule of law. We have to fight back against a rogue prosecutor who is trying to take a presidential candidate off the campaign trail. It sabotages Missourians’ right to a free and fair election,” the post continued.

The lawsuit is part of a series of actions against the New York attorney general, Letitia James, and the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg — both of whom are Democrats who ran on a “get Trump” platform — with Trump appealing both cases. James won a $474 million civil fraud trial against Trump while Bragg secured a 34-felony count conviction against Trump over a payment made ahead of the 2016 election to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

In a statement to Fox News, Bailey reiterated that the New York case — which resulted in Trump’s conviction on 34 counts of falsifying business records — was designed to interfere in the 2024 election. “Radical progressives in New York are trying to rig the 2024 election. We have to stand up and fight back,” Bailey told the outlet. “The investigations and subsequent prosecutions of former President Donald J. Trump appear to have been conducted in coordination with the United States Department of Justice,” he added.

Bailey explained that when one state sues another, those cases go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Missouri attorney general previously summarized his views on the Trump trial in a statement to the House Judiciary Committee last week. “The people of the state of Missouri, whom I am tasked with protecting, watched in horror recently as the left’s direct assault on President Trump manifested itself in the form of a politically motivated, legally specious, and corrupt prosecution of the President, which resulted in an errant criminal conviction,” he wrote in his prepared remarks to the panel.

Bailey went on to say that “the left has prioritized its hatred of President Trump above the rule of law. To put it plainly, the left hates President Trump more than they love this country.”

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