Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the opening of “Vital Voices Women’s Embassy”, just days after a leak revealed the potential for the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2022.
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A federal judge dismissed former President Donald Trump’s sprawling lawsuit alleging Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and lots of others conspired to spread a false narrative of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia in the course of the 2016 presidential election.
In a searing order Thursday, Judge Donald Middlebrooks said that Trump’s lawsuit was merely “searching for to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against people who have opposed him.”
The previous president’s claims “usually are not only unsupported by any legal authority but plainly foreclosed by binding precedent,” Middlebrooks wrote in U.S. District Court in southern Florida.
Trump filed the lawsuit in March, searching for tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for violations of the RICO Act, a federal law that goals to combat organized crime, amongst other claims. It got here greater than five years after Trump defeated Clinton in a vicious and scandal-soaked presidential campaign where Trump’s relationship with Russia was a serious focus.
The suit claims the defendants worked to supply false or misleading evidence of damaging ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. It names dozens of individuals and entities as defendants, including Clinton, the DNC, ex-Clinton aide John Podesta, the law firm Perkins Coie, research firm Fusion GPS, ex-Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, and others.
Trump claimed he has suffered a minimum of $24 million in damages in consequence of the defendants’ actions. His lawsuit sought to get better triple the quantity in damages.
“Lots of the Amended Criticism’s characterizations of events are implausible because they lack any specific allegations which could provide factual support for the conclusions reached,” Middlebrooks wrote in Thursday’s order.
“What the Amended Criticism lacks in substance and legal support it seeks to substitute with length, hyperbole, and the settling of scores and grievances,” he wrote.
The judge agreed with the defendants’ characterization of Trump’s lawsuit as “a series of disconnected political disputes that Plaintiff has alchemized right into a sweeping conspiracy amongst the numerous individuals Plaintiff believes to have aggrieved him.”
Trump’s legal team “will immediately move to appeal this decision,” his attorney Alina Habba said in an announcement Friday morning. Middlebrooks’ order was “rife with erroneous applications of the law” and it ignored “quite a few governmental investigations which substantiate” Trump’s conspiracy claims, Habba’s statement added.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of 2016 Russian election meddling concluded that the Kremlin did interfere in the competition but found insufficient evidence to prove collusion with Trump’s campaign.
Trump has repeatedly decried the Mueller probe as a witch hunt, one among many he claims have been launched against him since his foray into politics.