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“He is the mastermind behind the strategic abuse of court process and cannot be seen as a litigant blindly following the advice of counsel.” He knew full well the impact of his actions,” Middlebrooks said. “As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed on Mr. Trump and his lead attorney, Ms. Haba.”
Trump – who has announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2024 — Habba and the law firm Habba Madaio & Associates are jointly and severally liable for $937,989.39, the court found.
The suit was filed in March 2022, with Trump alleging that Clinton and others orchestrated a “malicious conspiracy” to spread false information that his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, which he won.
It was fired in September by Judge Middlebrooks, who said there were “substantial defects” in the case and complaints for which the court was “not the appropriate forum”. However, the judge said in Thursday’s ruling that Trump’s lawyer, Haba, was “not unmoved” after the case was dropped and continued to make claims that led to the fine.
“We are faced here with a lawsuit that should never have been brought, that is completely frivolous both in fact and in law, and that was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose,” Middlebrooks wrote, condemning what he called “abusive litigation tactics.”
In a blistering ruling, he said the case was “politically motivated” and showed “a continuing pattern of abuse of the courts by Mr. Trump and his lawyers,” undermining the rule of law and diverting resources. “No sane lawyer would file it,” he added.
Representatives for Trump and Haba did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
Along with former Secretary of State Clinton, Judge Middlebrooks said 30 individuals and organizations were “unnecessarily harmed” by the case in an effort to “advance a political narrative.” Among them were former FBI Director James B. Comey, the Democratic National Committee and Christopher Steelea former British spy employed by an opposition research firm working for the Clinton campaign who compiled the now-infamous dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia.
Middlebrooks describes a legal complaint as “a jumble of unrelated, often inconsequential events followed by an implausible conclusion.” One example he cited was alleged collusion between Comey and Clinton, a claim he says not only lacks substance, but is “absolutely absurd” given the impact Comey’s announcements about the Clinton email investigation had on her 2016 campaign.
The judge also said Trump’s suit misrepresents 2019 report by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, saying he exonerated him. Mueller said only that his team has not made a decision of “collusion” with the Russian government and that it did not find enough evidence to charge any member of the Trump campaign with criminal conspiracy.
“Plaintiff has consistently misrepresented and cherry-picked portions of public reports and documents to support a false factual narrative,” Thursday’s ruling said. “It happened too often to be accidental; his goal was political, not legal.
The September layoff was a victory for Clinton, who in April asked the judge to dismiss the case. David E. Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer, issued one sentence statement at the time, noting that the court’s “opinion thoroughly and comprehensively devastates Trump’s claims.”
Trump’s is also mentioned in the decision other lawsuits, saying they demonstrated a “pattern of abuse of the courts.” Among them were legal complaints against Twitter, CNN, New York Attorney General Letitia James and the Pulitzer Prize Board for award for 2018 given jointly to The Post and the New York Times for coverage of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. elections.
Azi Paybarah contributed to this report.
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