Former US President Donald Trump has, for the second time, dropped an appeal in his federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General, Democrat Letitia James, official sources said.
This is the second time that Trump has stopped legal action against Letitia James, after a judge fined the Republican and his lawyers nearly a million dollars (about 920 thousand euros) for maintaining a “pattern of abuse of the courts”, by opening “frivolous lawsuits” for political purposes.
Trump’s lawyers and Attorney General Letitia James reached an agreement today to dismiss the appeal in which the Republican sought to reverse a judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.
Trump sued James in December 2021 in an attempt to stop her from investigating his business.
The former head of state then sued James again, following a lawsuit that the prosecutor raised in September, when he alleged that the Republican and his company, the Trump Organization, deceived banks about the value of their assets, including fields of golf and hotels named after him, in a practice James dubbed “The Art of the Robbery” – a twist on the title of Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal.”
James’ case against Trump is pending. New York’s attorney general wants Trump fined $250 million (€229.6 million) and permanently banned 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“I am pleased that Donald Trump has withdrawn his two pending actions against my office,” James said in a statement today.
“As we have shown all along, we have a legitimate legal case against him and his organization and we cannot be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuing him,” he added.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said the feature “was withdrawn voluntarily for strategic purposes”.