One federal judge out of Florida has officially slammed former President Donald Trump along with one of his attorneys with sanctions due to a lawsuit which has been found to be frivolous against Hillary Clinton and 30 others.
Trump first Sued Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, the Democratic National Committee, and dozens of others way back in March of 2022. The former president alleged that the defendants carried out a plan to try and spread malicious false information concerning Trump about his alleged ties to Russia throughout the presidential campaign of 2016.
Formerly appointed by former President Bill Clinton, this judge ordered former president Trump, attorney Alina Habba, and Habba’s firm, Habba Madaio & Associates, to hand over a sum of $937,989.39 fine for a lawsuit which “needlessly harmed” a group of 31 people and entities “in order to dishonestly advance a political narrative.”
“Here, we are confronted with a lawsuit that should never have been filed, which was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose,” stated U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks. “Mr. Trump is a prolific and sophisticated litigant who is repeatedly using the courts to seek revenge on political adversaries. He is the mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process, and he cannot be seen as a litigant blindly following the advice of a lawyer. He knew full well the impact of his actions.”
“As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed upon Mr. Trump and his lead counsel, Ms. Habba,” stated the Judge.
This lawsuit from Trump accused a number of Democratic groups, public officials, operatives, and many others of “nefariously” abusing their federal investigative power, the public’s trust, and media ethics in such a way as to promote a conspiracy about Trump’s campaign’s ties to Moscow. “Indeed, their far-reaching conspiracy was designed to cripple Trump’s bid for the presidency by fabricating a scandal that would be used to trigger an unfounded federal investigation and ignite a media frenzy,” explained the Trump lawsuit.
Middlebrooks tossed out the case back in September, openly dismissing Trump’s filing as a “political manifesto” disguised as a legal suit rife with overwrought claims and hyperbole while no being grounded in truth. The judge issued fines against Trump’s legal team of $50,000 due to the lawsuit back in November.
A number of the defendants banded together to counter-sue in a joint claim for additional punishment to be heaped upon Trump.