A federal judge in Florida has ruled out ex-President Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton and other perceived political opponents, including former FBI Director James Comey and California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff. It dismissed the widespread extortion lawsuit and denounced it as a 200-page “political manifesto.” outlining his dissatisfaction with those who opposed him. “
In a scathing 65-page judgment released Thursday night, Judge Donald Middlebrooks said the lawsuit was “long, exaggerated, and lacking substance and legal support that it seeks to substitute with a settlement of scores and grievances.” There are,” he said.
Trump alleges that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others conspired against him to orchestrate what he calls a “Russia hoax.” A lawsuit was filed alleging a large-scale conspiracy involving many people. The Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and the efforts of the Russian government to support his campaign.
“Blinded by their political ambitions, the defendants orchestrated a malicious conspiracy to spread patently false and harmful information about Donald J. Trump and his campaign, all in the name of his life and politics. wanted to destroy his career and manipulate the 2016 presidential election to his advantage, Hillary Clinton.”
The judge wrote that Trump’s “theories about the case, set forth in more than 527 paragraphs on the first 118 pages of the amended complaint, are difficult to summarize in a concise and cohesive manner. It certainly wasn’t presented as such, and I’ll extract it here.[a]Republican opponent Donald J. Trump viciously colluded to weave a false narrative that he was in collusion with a hostile foreign sovereignty.
The judge said the defendants called Trump’s allegations “a series of disconnected political disputes that alchemized into a pervasive conspiracy between the many individuals the plaintiff believes hurt him.” They argued that “whatever its use as a fundraising tool, a press release, or a list of political grievances, had no merit as a lawsuit. I agree,” Middlebrooks wrote.
“Complaints filed in federal court must contain a ‘brief and clear statement of allegations that the petitioner is entitled to relief,'” Middlebrooks added, adding that Trump’s The complaint is “neither short nor clear, nor does it establish plaintiffs. Worse still, the claims presented in the amended complaint are not warranted under existing law. In fact, they , has been seized by existing jurisprudence, including Supreme Court decisions.”
“We are categorically opposed,” Trump’s attorney Alina Habba said in a statement. “The misapplication of the law is rampant.”
“We will immediately appeal this decision,” Habba said.
Clinton’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Florida Court, where Judge Eileen Cannon sits. Cannon is Trump’s appointee overseeing the former president’s actions against the Justice Department requesting special master review documents seized last month in the FBI raid of his resort in Florida.
Trump apparently wanted the lawsuit to go to Canon, but it ended up being assigned to Middlebrooks, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton. Trump insisted that Middlebrooks should resign because of his relationship with Clinton, but Middlebrooks rejected the request in April.
“I have never met or spoken to Bill or Hillary Clinton. I have no current relationship with Clinton, except for appointments by Bill Clinton,” he wrote.
Middlebrooks said Trump “filed this case in the district’s Fort Pierce division. There’s only one federal judge, Judge Eileen Cannon, who was nominated by plaintiffs in 2020.” landed on me.” He also noted that Trump has filed numerous lawsuits before judges he appointed.
“[W]If the plaintiff is litigating before a judge of his own appoint, the plaintiff is not inclined to raise such biased concerns,” writes Middlebrooks.
On his order Thursday, a judge found that Trump waited too long to file a lawsuit against his racketeering allegations and, despite that, there was no evidence to support the allegations. Trump’s other allegations, including those related to the FBI’s initial investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, make no sense, the judge said. This was called Crossfire His Hurricane.
“Embarrassingly, Plaintiff appears to allege that Defendant obstructed the CrossFire Hurricane investigation by contributing to the initiation of Crossfire Hurricane. It defies logic to say there is a possibility,” writes Middlebrooks.
The lawsuit also calls for “malicious prosecutions” of various FBI officials, including former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and frequent Trump targets Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. ” was indicted.
“But plaintiffs were never prosecuted,” the judge noted, noting that the only civil lawsuit was against “malicious prosecution, not malicious investigation.”
Trump also “doesn’t plausibly claim that what appears to be false actually hurt his political career.