Trump withdraws Florida lawsuit against New York attorney general


ALBANY, N.Y. — That’s one less lawsuit in the battle between former President Donald Trump and New York Attorney General Tish James.

Trump’s attorneys on Friday withdrew a lawsuit against James filed in Florida last Novemberthat sought to block her access to a Sunshine State-based trust that holds many of his business assets.

The one-page filing says the former president “hereby voluntarily dismisses his claims in this action.”

The lawsuit was filed just weeks after James sued Trump, three of his adult children and his business empire for fraudulent financial practices. She is seeking up to $250 million as well as an order blocking Trump from real estate transactions in New York for five years.

Trump has blasted the suit, including after James won a judicial order in November that installed an independent monitor over his business dealings as the New York case proceeds. That case is ongoing.

There was no immediate comment from Trump’s attorneys on why they dropped his Florida lawsuit, but the federal judge overseeing the case recently ripped his claims as “both vexatious and frivolous.”

The withdrawal Friday also came the morning after the same Florida judge ordered nearly $1 million in sanctions against Trump and his attorney Alina Habba in a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and federal officials.

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