Judge tosses Trump lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, DNC over 2016 Russia collusion claims

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  • A federal judge has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s massive lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and several others.
  • The judge wrote that Trump’s claims are “not only not supported by any legal authority, but are expressly closed by binding precedent.”
  • The lawsuit claims that the defendants conspired to spread a false narrative of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

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A federal judge has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s massive lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and several others perpetrated a false narrative of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. There was a conspiracy to spread.

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In a scathing order Thursday, Judge Donald Middlebrook said Trump’s lawsuit was merely trying to show “a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those who opposed him.”

“The claims of the former president are not only not supported by any legal authority, but are expressly withheld by binding precedent,” Middlebrook wrote in the US District Court in southern Florida.

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Trump filed the lawsuit in March, seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for violations of the RICO Act, a federal law aimed at combating organized crime, among other claims. It came more than five years after Trump defeated Clinton in a vicious and scandal-laden presidential campaign where Trump’s ties with Russia were a major focus.

The suit claims that the defendants served to present false or misleading evidence of damaging ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. It named dozens of people and entities as defendants, including Clinton, the DNC, ex-Clinton aide John Podesta, law firm Perkins Coe, research firm Fusion GPS, ex-Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, and others.

Trump claimed that he suffered at least $24 million in damages as a result of the defendants’ actions. His suit sought to recover three times the amount in damages.

“Many features of the events of the amended complaint are implausible because they lack any specific allegation that could provide factual support for reaching the conclusion,” Middlebrook wrote in Thursday’s order.

“The amended complaint lacks essence and legal backing, which seeks to be replaced with length, exaggeration and scores and settlement of complaints,” he wrote.

The judge concurred with the defendants’ characterization of Trump’s trial as “a series of truncated political disputes that the plaintiffs have turned into a broader conspiracy between several individuals, the plaintiffs believe he has committed to him.” has suffered.”

Trump’s legal team will “proceed to appeal this decision immediately,” his lawyer, Alina Habba, said in a statement Friday morning. Habba’s statement said Middlebrook’s order was “filled with erroneous applications of the law” and that it “ignored multiple government investigations that substantiate Trump’s claims of conspiracy”.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 2016 investigation into Russian election interference concluded that the Kremlin interfered with the contest but found insufficient evidence to prove collusion with Trump’s campaign.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed Mueller’s investigation as a witch hunt, one of the many claims he has been launched against him since entering politics.

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