Trump dropped the lawsuit against New York AG a day after the judge in the case ordered his legal team to pay nearly $1 million in fines against him



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Former President Donald Trump on Friday withdrew his lawsuit seeking to block the New York Attorney General’s office from accessing materials from his private trust.

In a one-page statement filed with Judge Donald Middlebrooks, Trump’s attorney, Timothy Weber, said he was voluntarily dismissing the lawsuit. No other justification was given.

Last month, Middlebrooks denied Trump’s attempt to obtain an injunction to prevent New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, from obtaining documents from the trust, saying Trump had “no significant likelihood of success on the matter.” A motion to dismiss the lawsuit was pending.

The move comes a day after Middlebrooks fined Trump and another of his attorneys $937,989 in a lawsuit Trump filed against Hillary Clinton, former senior Justice Department officials and several others who allege they had campaigned in the 2016 election conspired against him.

“This case should never have been brought up. Its inadequacy as a legal right was evident from the outset,” the judge wrote Thursday. “No sane lawyer would have filed it. Intended for a political purpose, none of the charges in the amended complaint contained any discernible legal claim.”

James’ office has subpoenaed records of the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, which Trump used to own his businesses when he became president in 2017. In August, attorneys from James’ office emailed Trump’s attorneys, requesting certain trust documents they had requested through a subpoena. The following month, James sued Trump, his three eldest children, and the Trump Organization, alleging they were involved in a decade-long fraud. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

In response to the filing request, Trump sued James in Florida to try to block their access to the trust records. Trump claimed that the trust is protected by privacy rights under the Florida Constitution and that James seeks to control, gain access to, and publicly disclose the trust’s terms.

But in its decision last month to deny Trump’s request for a restraining order, Middlebrooks ruled that James’ office put forward “four reasons – all of which are probably correct – why the plaintiff has no significant chance of succeeding in the case.” The judge said that Trump’s claims that he was being harmed by turning over documents to prosecutors were “essentially speculative” as the state had told the former president’s attorneys that he would receive documents redacting parts of the estate plan.

This story has been updated with additional details about the lawsuit.

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