Donald Trump withdrew his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday.
Facing a $250 million civil complaint, the Trump Organization’s namesake has taken multiple legal hits in recent weeks.
The Trump Organization was found guilty of 17 felony charges, including criminal tax fraud, and was sentenced by a Manhattan court last week.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal prosecution has run concurrently with AG James’ civic investigation and prosecution.
District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks recently sanctioned the former President and his attorney Alina Habba nearly $1 million for what the judge determined to be an abuse of the legal and judicial systems with frivolous complaints.
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, in his decision to sanction Trump and his lead attorney, Judge Middlebrook said the lawsuit against AG James is a “part of Mr. Trump’s pattern of misusing the courts to serve political purposes.”
In December 2022, the district court judge denied Trump’s Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction request – urging the ex-President to drop his baseless complaint.
“None of the requisites for an injunction were met. I found that Plaintiff’s attempt to sidestep rulings by the New York courts by suing AG James individually rather than in her official capacity was plainly frivolous,” Middlebrook wrote.
I urged Mr. Trump and his lawyers to reconsider their opposition to AG James’s Motion to Dismiss because ‘[t]his litigation has all the telltale signs of being both vexatious and frivolous.’
Indeed, Middlebrooks recalled how, in denying Trump's "emergency" motion to enjoin the NYAG's case last month, he urged Trump to drop the case altogether because it "has all the telltale signs of being both vexatious and frivolous.” 8/ pic.twitter.com/XYFaytprkV
— Lisa Rubin (@lawofruby) January 20, 2023
The unsuspected filing by Trump’s legal team comes less than a day after Judge Middlebrook ordered the former President and his lead attorney, Alina Habba, to pay over $938,000 in legal fees of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and nearly three dozen other defendants party to the outlandish and unsubstantiated claims of a dictatorial madman.
Perhaps it was a wake-up call for the litigious fledgling businessman that the court – and the American public – have tired of the baseless court filings, along with the former President’s “woe is me” shtick.
H/T @Lisa Rubin.
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