Trump withdraws second lawsuit against New York attorney general

Trump withdraws second lawsuit against New York attorney general

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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday withdrew a second lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) related to her office’s fraud investigation into his business practices.

A voluntary dismissal stipulation signed by Trump attorney Alina Habba and an attorney in James’ office has been filed with a federal appeals court in Manhattan. No reason was given for the withdrawal.

Trump first filed the lawsuit in federal court in Syracuse, NY, claiming that James violated his rights and those of his company by pursuing a politically motivated investigation. After a judge in May found “no evidence” that James had acted biased, Trump appealed the ruling.

The withdrawal of that appeal on Tuesday was the second time in five days that Trump has dropped litigation against James, who is suing a A $250 million lawsuit against Trump. He accuses the former president, three of his adult children and executives of his company of grossly manipulating valuations of properties and other assets to mislead lenders, insurance brokers and tax authorities into their granting better bank loan and insurance rates and lowering their taxes. Passives.

On Friday, Trump – who has announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2024 — withdrew a separate lawsuit filed in Florida that sought to bar James from reviewing his revocable trust. A one-page filing in federal district court provided no reason for this withdrawal either.

Days earlier, U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks fined Trump and Habba nearly $1 million for what was deemed to be frivolous. lawsuit filed against his 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clintonand others.

In his 46-page judgment, Middlebrooks cited the lawsuit against James among those that demonstrated “a pattern of abuse of the courts” by Trump.

New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has set an October trial date for James’ main civil case against Trump.

The lawsuit, which could cripple the Trump Organization’s ability to do business in New York, accuses the family-owned real estate, golf and hospitality business of deliberately misleading lenders, insurance brokers and agencies to obtain better loan rates and reduce tax obligations. using fake asset valuation figures from 2011 to 2021.

The Trump lawsuit that was withdrawn last week in Florida alleged that James ‘repeatedly abused his position as New York State Attorney General to pursue a vendetta against President Trump’ – a claim similar to this that Trump claimed in the New York case. removed on Tuesday.

Middlebrooks, in his judgment released Thursday evening, wrote that Trump is a “prolific and sophisticated litigator who repeatedly uses the courts to exact revenge against political adversaries.”

β€œHe is the mastermind of the strategic abuse of the judicial process, and he cannot be considered a litigant blindly following the advice of a lawyer. He knew full well the impact of his actions,” Middlebrooks wrote. “As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed on Mr. Trump and his lead counsel, Ms. Habba.”

Trump, Habba and the law firm Habba Madaio & Associates are jointly liable for $937,989.39, the court heard.

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