The investigation of President Donald Trump's business interests by New York officials won't end if he loses re-election, Attorney General Letitia James said in an interview on Friday.
"Regardless of whether or not an individual sits in a particular office is really irrelevant to our investigation," James told Spectrum News. "Our investigation will continue, because no one is above the law."
James's office earlier this year acknowledged it is investigating the Trump Organization and claims made about the value of several of its properties in New York.
At the moment, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has taken narrow leads in key swing states that, if they hold, would hand him 270 electoral votes and the presidency.
James indicated she was surprised by how razor thin the margins were in some states given public polling showing much wider leads for Biden. The results will change as more ballots are counted, but James said it shows Americans must talk to each other more often.
"We have to have a serious conversation about polls and who’s taking these polls," she said. "They were all off as they were both. We underestimated the support that President Trump has throughout this country. I think this really is a lesson for all of us. We have to bridge the divide. We have to have a conversation with those who supported the president and his policies."
On Election Day itself and during early voting, James's office dealt with complaints ranging from long lines to access for older voters and those with disabilities. But voting itself came off with minimal disruptions.
"We usually get your garden variety types of complaints," she said. "We were prepared this year for disruptions at polling sites. We heard rumors that the militia, that individuals with firearms, that people would be at certain polling sites engaging in intimidation and harassment and suppression. But that didn't happen. It was a relatively quiet Election Day."
But she also acknowledged changes should be made to expand access to early voting in New York. This is the first year early voting took place in a presidential election amid high turnout.
"We need to extend early voting," she said. "We need to make sure all the hours of early voting across the state are consistent. We need to identify more polling sites. We need to provide for those individuals who are living with a disability. We need to make voting easier for individuals. That's what's really critically important."