BREAKING: Donald Trump Withdraws Lawsuit Against Letitia James After Stinging Smackdown from Florida Judge
Donald Trump has just withdrawn a lawsuit he filed against New York Attorney General Letitia James. The withdrawal came in
Donald Trump has just withdrawn a lawsuit he filed against New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The withdrawal came in a short document filed on Friday with US District Judge Donald Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks is the same judge who just yesterday issued a stinging rebuke of Trump’s use of the legal system and fined him $1M.
Donald Trump Withdraws NYAG Lawsuit
BREAKING: Former President Donald Trump withdraws his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. https://t.co/44VMB2OOrN— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2023
The lawsuit against James was an attempt to shield Trump’s revocable trust from the Attorney General’s $250M civil lawsuit which remains ongoing.
James’ lawsuit against Trump alleges fraudulent organization at his Trump Organization.
James has accused Trump and those close to him of “grossly” inflating Trump’s net worth by billions of dollars. Additionally, James says Trump has cheated lenders and others with false and misleading financial statements.
Trump’s lawsuit against James seeks to end what he calls the “witch hunt” from a “racist” AG, accusing her of “intimidation and harassment” and repeated attempts to “steal, destroy or control all things Trump.”
The withdrawal brief reads, “Plaintiff PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP, by and through his undersigned counsel and pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i), hereby voluntarily dismisses his claims in this action against Defendant, LETITIA JAMES, without prejudice.”
Florida Judge Issues Stinging Rebuke of Donald Trump and his Use of the Legal System
A federal judge in Florida ordered Donald Trump and one of his lawyers to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit against nearly three dozen of Trump’s perceived political enemies, including Hillary Clinton and James Comey. https://t.co/9o7kioS5cK pic.twitter.com/L3mQdVBYiF— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2023
The withdrawal of the lawsuit against James comes just hours after a Florida judge issued a legal smackdown of Trump’s use of the legal system.
Middlebrooks ordered Trump and his attorney (Alina Habba) to pay fines totaling around $1 million after they found Trump’s 2022 lawsuit against Hillary Clinton was frivolous and intended to “seek revenge.”
Trump sued Clinton and several others in March 2022 for “acting in concert” with the FBI to create what he calls the “Russia Russia Russia hoax” which suggests he colluded with Russia to win the Presidency in 2016.
The lawsuit in part claimed that the Russia probe was “prolonged and exacerbated by the presence of a small fraction of Clinton loyalists who were well-positioned within the Department of Justice.”
In his ruling, Middlebrooks called Trump “a prolific and sophisticated litigant who is repeatedly using the courts to seek revenge on political adversaries.”
He added, “He is the mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process, and he cannot be seen as a litigant blindly following the advice of a lawyer. He knew full well the impact of his actions.”
This is a developing story.