Trump Lawsuit Efforts Against Letitia James Dropped

Trump Lawsuit Efforts Against Letitia James Dropped

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has dropped efforts to revive his federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, the second time he has halted legal action against him after a judge last week fined him. him and his lawyers with nearly a million dollars for filing the lawsuit. frivolous cases.

Trump’s lawyers and James’s office agreed to a stipulation Tuesday that ends an appeal seeking to overturn a judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. Trump, a Republican, sued James, a Democrat, in December 2021 in an attempt to stop her from investigating him and his business.

Trump sued James again in the wake of his September lawsuit alleging that he and his firm, the Trump Organization, misled banks and others about the value of their assets, including golf courses and hotels named after him, in a practice which she dubbed “The Art of the Steal,” a twist on the title of her book “The Art of the Deal.”

Trump withdrew that lawsuit last week after a federal judge in Florida, Donald M. Middlebrooks, accused him of a “pattern of abuse of the courts” for filing frivolous lawsuits for political purposes, including what he said was a false lawsuit. against Trump’s rival in 2016. Hillary Clinton and others.

James’s case against Trump is pending. He wants a judge to fine Trump $250 million and permanently ban him from doing business in the state. The trial is scheduled for October.

“I am pleased that Donald Trump has withdrawn his two pending actions against my office,” James said in a statement Tuesday. “As we have demonstrated throughout, we have a legitimate legal case against him and his organization, and we cannot be intimidated or dissuaded from following him.”

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said the appeal “was voluntarily withdrawn for strategic reasons.”

US District Judge Brenda Sannes dismissed Trump’s original lawsuit against the New York attorney general in May 2022, allowing his civil investigation to continue. Sannes wrote at the time that case law prohibits federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations and that there was no evidence to support her claim that James targeted him out of political ill will.

Trump’s second lawsuit, since withdrawn and filed in November, sought to prevent James from overseeing the family trust that controls his company. Trump initially brought that case in Florida state court, but it later moved to federal court.

Trump’s Florida complaint echoed some claims from his dismissed federal lawsuit against her, irritating Middlebrooks, who wrote in a December order: “This litigation has all the telltale signs of being upset and frivolous.”

This week has been littered with Trump-related legal developments.

On Monday, court officials say, the Trump Organization paid a $1.6 million fine imposed as part of its tax fraud conviction last month in Manhattan for helping executives evade personal income taxes on lavish job benefits. .

A judge in Georgia heard arguments Tuesday as he weighs the release of a special grand jury’s final report on its investigation into possible unlawful interference in the 2020 presidential election by Trump and his allies. He said that he would keep the report private for now.

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