A federal court in Florida has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and various government officials over “Russiagate.”
Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida said the lawsuit was not seeking “redress for any legal harm” and the court was “not the appropriate forum” to deal with Trump’s complaints.
“He is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him,” Middlebrooks said in his ruling.
Trump had sued Hillary Clinton and several other Democrats claiming they tried to cripple Trump’s 2016 US presidential chances by smearing his campaign by tying it to Russia.
“Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty,” the former president alleged in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida.
Trump’s initial filing said:
“The Plaintiff, Donald J. Trump, by and through his undersigned counsel, hereby serves his suit against the Defendants, Hillary R. Clinton, HFACC, Inc., the Democratic National Committee, DNC Services Corporation, Perkins Coie, LLC, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias,
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Halliday Dolan, Jr., Jake Sullivan, John Podesta, Robert E. Mook, Phillipe Reines, Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr,
Orbis Business Intelligence, Ltd., Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar, Inc., Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith, Andrew McCabe,
John Does 1 through 10 (said names being fictitious and unknown persons), and ABC Corporations 1 through 10 (said names being fictitious and unknown entities) and alleges as follows:
In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy.
Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty.
The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme—falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources – are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.
Under the guise of ‘opposition research,’ ‘data analytics,’ and other political stratagems, the Defendants nefariously sought to sway the public’s trust.
They worked together with a single, self-serving purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump. Indeed, their far-reaching conspiracy was designed to cripple Trump’s bid for presidency by fabricating a scandal that would be used to trigger an unfounded federal investigation and ignite a media frenzy,” the filing says.
A federal court in Florida has dismissed – for many different reasons – former President Trump's lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, various government officials and various others over "Russiagate." https://t.co/2sEw25zYV6 pic.twitter.com/qMwwrXm0b3— Brad Heath (@bradheath) September 9, 2022
And the decision cites the federal rule authorizing sanctions for lawyers who bring claims not supported by evidence or existing law. pic.twitter.com/PQK9Ncokg1— Brad Heath (@bradheath) September 9, 2022
Donald Trump has filed a sprawling RICO case against Hillary Clinton and others, alleging a conspiracy to make him look compromised by Russia.— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) March 24, 2022
(Fact check: A GOP-led Senate panel found Russia used Manafort and WikiLeaks to try to help Trump's campaign)https://t.co/GzMjDpMT3C pic.twitter.com/vBEEuPJWjz