Trump is “trying to parade a 200-page political manifesto outlining his grievances.” against those who opposed him, and this court is not the right forum,” Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks. of Southern District of Florida wrote in a drastic 65-page ruling from Thursday. Referee also wrote about the “arrogance of Plaintiff’s legal theories and method in that they are clearly contrary to binding case law.”
Middlebrooks noted “clear structural deficiencies in plaintiff’s argument” and said that “such pleadings waste judicial resources and are an unacceptable form of of establishing a claim for relief.”
Trump lawsuit filed in March, took target Clinton and circle of Democratic allies, including Christopher Steele, former British spy hired by the opposition research hard work for Clinton campaign who compiled an infamous dossier on Trump-Russia ties. Trump’s lawsuit alleges he incurred expenses of more than $24 million defending yourself against charges and claimed damages equivalent to three times what amount.
More than two dozen entities and individuals were named, including the Democratic National Committee. in lawsuit that came more than five years after Trump defeated Clinton to become president.
lawsuit also claimed that the defendants falsified evidence, deceived law enforcement officers and used them access to highly sensitive data sources.
“What is missing in the amended complaint in content and legal support he seeks to replace with length, hyperbola and subsidence of scores and discontent,” wrote Middlebrooks.
The decision was a victory for clinton, who in April asked the judge to dismiss the case, stating, “Whatever the usefulness of Plaintiff’s complaint as a fundraising tool, press release, or list of political grievances, it doesn’t make sense as a lawsuit, and should be fired with prejudice.”
In the process just that Middlebrooks criticized the quality of legal work presented by Trump’s lawyers.
“A lot of of characteristics of the amended complaint of events implausible as they do not contain any specific statements that could provide actual support for conclusions drawn,” wrote Middlebrooks.
As an example, the judge cited the claim that former FBI director James B. Comey senior officials in the agency and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein “overzealously pursued” Trump and his campaign by appointing special counsel research role Russia played in elections in 2016.
Trump Lawyers also provided quotations to support their arguments, which simply do not truewrote the judge. The lawsuit alleges Clinton and top campaign officials conceived of and carried out plot against Trump and concealed their involvement”behind a wall of third parties” and links to a specific page of report from the department of Justice Office of General Inspector.
“I went to page 96 of the inspector general’s report looks for support for Plaintiff’s final and reasoned statement, but found No,” the judge wrote. Trump’s lawyers may disagree with report, wrote Middlebrooks, “but they cannot distort it in supplication.”
Alina Khabiba, lawyer for Trump, said in statement that his lawyers “strongly disagree” with the ruling and that it was “distributed with erroneous bids of law.” Khabib also they said they would appeal decision.
Despite Trump’s repeated claims that he was acquitted former special counsel Robert S. Muller III after two-year investigation, Mueller in 2019 only said that its team It was made no resolve on “collusion” and that he did not have found sufficient evidence to convict any member of Trump campaign with criminal CONSPIRACY.
Several Trump associates have pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2016 attack. campaign and Russia, including federal conspiracy or FBI lies.
And the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 2020 report reflects Trump’s behavior in 2016. campaign as creating counterintelligence risks through his significant contacts with Russia and the seeming determination to hide full degree of its implementation.
Trump lawsuit also focuses on in work of Michael Sussmann, who worked on on behalf of of Clinton campaign as well as who tried to get the FBI to investigate possible computer communications between the Trump Organization server and the Russian financial an institution known as Alfa Bank.
But the lawsuit failed note that Sussmann was acquitted of misdemeanor in a separate case, wrote Middlebrooks. In filing the lawsuit, Middlebrooks said that Trump’s lawyers “certified to court” that best of their knowledge of their arguments were legally sound and not frivolous. “I have serious doubts that standard is met here,” the judge wrote.
As for Steele, Middlebrooks wrote that despite numerous references to him in Trump’s lawsuit, “no one specifically attributes false statement about the Plaintiff to him.
Later judge took shot at what he said was a broad lawsuit attempt to criminalize criticism of trump, writing: “Neither political opposition to Claimant, animosity toward Claimant, nor involvement in political speech about a plaintiff who dumps him in negative light is illegal.”
Middlebrooks also emphasized the difference between being in conflict with Trump and harming him: “Speak out against the presidential campaign not amount to perceived material damage. Statements to law enforcement or comments made in political campaign not intended to encourage others not to deal with Claimant or his business or to cause direct or immediate financial the loss.”
“Moreover, he added later “many of statements that Claimant characterizes as harmful lies qualify as speech expressly protected by the First Amendment.”