Did the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps place New York State Attorney General Letitia James under arrest for committing "treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors"? No, that's not true: A Pentagon duty officer told Lead Stories that this claim is false. The website where this claim was made also has a disclaimer that states it publishes satirical content.
United States Navy JAG investigators on Tuesday arrested New York Attorney General Letitia James of treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors following an investigation that began shortly after she and her criminal associates filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Trump Organization, a JAG source told Real Raw News.
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United States Navy JAG investigators on Tuesday arrested New York District Attorney Leticia James of treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors following an investigation that began shortly after she and her criminal associates filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Trump Organization, a JAG source told Real Raw News.
In an email to Lead Stories on November 3, 2023, a Pentagon duty officer told Lead Stories that:
This claim is false.
James' verified Twitter account was active on October 31, 2023, when the article claims she was arrested.
On October 31, 2023, the account posted a tweet (archived here) updating constituents about her office's ongoing prosecution of former President Donald Trump. The account also tweeted a post (archived here) on November 3, 2023, about Uber and Lyft agreeing to pay $328 million for shortchanging their drivers. The account did not post that James had been arrested.
James was photographed in public on November 1, 2023, arriving at court in New York for Trump's civil fraud trial and on November 2, 2023, in the exact location, taking a lunch break during the same trial.
Under the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, the military does not have the authority to arrest civilians. This act can be voided under certain circumstances explicitly authorized by the U.S. Constitution or Act of Congress. Congress.gov does not show legislation making such authorization.
Additional Lead Stories fact checks that mention "Letitia James" can be read here.
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