Trump authorized the frivolous impeachment of Hillary Clinton

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A federal judge on Thursday imposed nearly $1 million in sanctions on former President Donald Trump and his lawyer for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit that dismissed the -against Hillary Clinton and many others, who had said they tried to sway the 2016 presidential election in her favor. by smearing Trump.

“We are up against a lawsuit that should never have been filed, was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and was brought in bad faith for a reason unacceptable,” wrote US District Court Judge John Middlebrooks for the Southern District of Florida in his order approving Trump and his lawyer Alina Habba.

Trump’s lawsuit, which sought $70 million in damages, accused Clinton and 30 other defendants of conspiring to “plant a false narrative” in the 2016 election that Trump and his campaign struggling with Russia in their efforts to win the race.

Middlebrooks noted in his order Thursday that “Mr. Trump is a prolific and sophisticated litigator who repeatedly uses the courts to seek revenge on political enemies. “

“He is a mastermind of strategic abuse of the legal process, and cannot be seen as a lawyer blindly following the advice of a lawyer,” Middlebrooks wrote.

“He was fully aware of the consequences of his actions … Therefore, I find that Mr. Trump and his top adviser, Ms. Habba, should be sanctioned.”

Under the order, Republican Trump and Habba, are responsible and individually for the total amount of sanctions imposed by the judge to cover the costs and expenses of the defendants’ lawyers: $937,989.39. That amount is about $120,000 less than what the defendants requested for sanctions.

“The amount of fees awarded in this case, while reasonable, is substantial,” Middlebrooks said.

He called the legal complaints filed in the case by Habba “abusive legal tactics,” and said the initial lawsuit and a later 186-page amended complaint were “drafted to promote political reporting; without addressing legal harm caused by any defendant.

“The Amended Complaint is a hodgepodge of unrelated, often irrelevant events, followed by an implausible conclusion,” Middlebrooks wrote.

“This is a deliberate attempt to harass; to tell a story without regard to facts.”

Habba did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the order.

Trump, who is seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, filed his case in March against Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Other defendants included the Democratic National Commission, former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the law firm Perkins Coie, the research firm Fusion GPS, former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe , Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, as well as Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent who wrote the controversial “Trump-Russia dossier” research report before the election.

The suit alleged that Clinton and other defendants hid evidence, deceived law enforcement agencies and engaged in other fraud that “made even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.”

Middlebrooks earlier dismissed the lawsuit against Clinton and all other defendants “with prejudice,” which prevents Trump from re-electing the complaint.

Middlebrooks’ order is the latest in a series of embarrassing legal problems for Trump, which has included a criminal conviction last month in New York state court from his real estate company based in Manhattan, The Trump Organization, for a year-long tax evasion scheme. .

Trump and his company are also facing a major civil lawsuit by the New York Attorney General for an alleged scheme to falsify the valuation of real estate assets for financial gain, and the accuser is writer E. Jean Carroll that he forced Trump too. i in the mid 1990s in New York.

A state grand jury in Georgia recently finished gathering evidence and hearing testimony as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally tried to sway the state’s 2020 election results, which he lost.

And federal prosecutors are investigating Trump for his attempt to overturn his loss in the national election to President Joe Biden, and how he brought government documents to his Florida residence when he left office.

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