This November, New York might be a swing state. Not because it will be remotely suspenseful — Democrats have waltzed away with its electoral votes in every presidential contest from 1988 on — but because a barrage of legal activity coming out of the Empire State could provide a few plot twists heading into the presidential election in November.
“Could” is the operative word there. The thing about plot twists is that you can’t put them on your calendar beforehand.
But people and entities close to Trump World have found themselves wrapped up in a host of New York legal matters, and they could factor into the way the presidential contest plays out. Manhattan’s district attorney, Cy Vance, just notched a major Supreme Court victory in his effort to scrutinize Trump’s financial dealings. Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general has sued to dissolve one of Trump’s strongest outside allies. And despite resistance from Washington, a former career prosecutor recently ascended to the top of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York — meaning the most powerful law enforcement job in DOJ’s most powerful district isn’t held by an ally of the Trump administration.