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Letitia James sworn in as New York’s first African-American woman attorney general

Letitia James has been sworn in as New York attorney general after becoming the first African-American as well as the first woman to be elected to the position. 

James was sworn in late Monday during a ceremony held at the State Capitol in Albany. She is the state’s 67th attorney general.

{mosads}“It is the highest honor to officially begin my time as the Attorney General for the great state of New York,” James said in a statement from the office.

James said she would “never waver” in upholding her promise “to use the rule of law to protect the rights and advance the interests of all New Yorkers.”

“New Yorkers in every corner of our state must know that they have a champion fighting for them every day,” she said. 

James on Tuesday also participated in an inauguration ceremony on Ellis Island. She is scheduled to host several meet-and-greet sessions throughout the state to connect with New York residents and introduce them to the office and her priorities.

James, who previously served as public advocate in New York City, replaces Barbara Underwood (D) in the role. Underwood assumed the post after former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) resigned in May following allegations that he abused multiple women.

Prior to stepping down, Schneiderman sued Trump University in 2013, alleging illegal business practices, launched an investigation into the Trump Foundation and participated in a number of lawsuits challenging President Trump’s policies since then.

Underwood also filed a lawsuit against Trump in 2017 for alleged “improper and extensive political activity” and “self-dealing” by the Trump Foundation. 

James said in December that she also plans to launch an exhaustive investigation into Trump and his business dealings once she takes office.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James said in an interview with NBC News at the time. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law.”

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