Former President Donald Trump on the 18th green during a pro-am tournament before the LIV Golf Series at Trump National Doral on October 27, 2022.
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On Friday morning, former President Donald Trump voluntarily dropped a major federal lawsuit in Florida against the New York Attorney General — the same judge in the case accused Hillary Clinton and another “frivolous” man against Clinton. A day after sanctioning him and his lawyers of about $1 million for filing a lawsuit. numerous other defendants.
Judge John Middlebrooks noted that Thursday night’s scathing sanctions order in the Clinton case is also processing Trump’s complaint against Attorney General Letitia James in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Middlebrooks will pay Clinton and other defendants about $938,000 to file a lawsuit previously dismissed by a judge against Trump and his attorney Alina Habba, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. ordered.
Trump’s lawsuit accused Clinton and others of colluding during the 2016 presidential election to create false statements that his campaign was colluding with Russia.
Middlebrooks, in that order, cites as one of multiple examples of a “pattern of court abuse” by the former Republican Party how Trump has been involved in James’ long-running civil investigation into his company, the Trump Organization, in a New York courtroom. How did you respond, Mr. President.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James pauses to make an announcement about the protection of access to abortion during a news conference at the Attorney General’s Office in New York on May 9, 2022.
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James sued Trump, his company, his three adult children, and others in Manhattan Supreme Court in September, alleging widespread fraud, including false financial statements related to the company’s operations. filed a lawsuit.
In November, Mr. Trump sued Mr. James in Florida state court, alleging Mr. James had engaged in a “war of intimidation and harassment” against him. That lawsuit sought to prevent James from obtaining records from a revocable trust he set up in Florida with ownership of the Trump Organization.
James moved the case to federal court in Florida shortly thereafter, and Middelbrooks was assigned to the case.
In Thursday’s order in the Clinton case, Middlebrooks said last month that Trump’s “attempt to evade judgment by a New York court by suing AG James individually rather than in an official position is clearly frivolous.” said to have ruled.
The judge also ruled that Trump had no chance of winning the case “on the merits” and urged Trump to consider withdrawing his objection to James’ bid to win the case.
“This lawsuit [against James] There are all telltale signs of being maddening and flirtatious,” Middlebrooks wrote last month.
But the judge later wrote, “The decision of Mr. Trump’s Florida lawsuit against the New York Attorney General, which is now pending before me, is premature.”
Trump’s attorneys did not immediately answer questions about why the lawsuit against James was voluntarily dismissed.
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