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Trump voluntarily dismisses second lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York. 

Donald Trump withdrew a second lawsuit Tuesday against New York Attorney General Letitia James related to her investigation into the former president and his family’s business dealings.

Trump’s lawyers and James’ office agreed Tuesday to a stipulation ending an appeal that had sought to reverse a judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. 

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said the appeal in Manhattan federal court “was voluntarily withdrawn for strategic purposes,” according to The Associated Press. 

“I am pleased that Donald Trump has withdrawn both of his pending actions against my office,” James said in a statement Tuesday. “As we have shown all along, we have a legitimate legal case against him and his organization, and we cannot be bullied or dissuaded from pursuing it.”


New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York. 
(AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)

Trump, a Republican, sued James, a Democrat, in December 2021 in an attempt to block her from investigating him and his businesses.

Trump sued James again in the wake of her September lawsuit alleging that he and his company, the Trump Organization, misled banks and others about the value of his assets, including golf courses and hotels bearing his name, in a practice she dubbed “The art of the steal” – a twist on the title of his book “The Art of the Deal.”

Trump voluntarily dismissed 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 bogus lawsuit against Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and others. 

Middlebrooks had fined Trump and Habba almost $1 million in that case. In a 46-page judgment issued Thursday, Middlebrooks wrote that Trump is a “prolific and sophisticated litigant who is repeatedly using the courts to seek revenge on political adversaries,” according to The Washington Post.

“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,” the judgment said, according to the Post. “As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed upon Mr. Trump and his lead counsel, Ms. Habba.”

In the since-dropped Florida suit, and as…

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