WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, ruling that the former Republican president’s claims that Democrats attempted to rig the election by linking his campaign to Russia were an attempt to “flaunt” political grievances that did not belong in court.
Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Trump’s lawsuit on Thursday night. The lawsuit did not seek “redress for any legal harm,” according to the District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the court was “not the appropriate forum” for the former president’s complaints.
“He is attempting to parade a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those who have opposed him,” Middlebrooks wrote in his decision.
Trump sued Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and several other Democrats in March, alleging “racketeering,” a “conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood,” and other claims in a 108-page lawsuit that echoed the long list of grievances he repeatedly aired after defeating Clinton.
He sought compensatory and punitive damages, claiming more than $24 million in “defence costs, legal fees, and related expenses.”
Middlebrooks ruled that Trump waited too long to file his complaint, exceeding the legal statute of limitations for his claims, and that he failed to make his case that he was harmed by any falsehoods, noting that many of the defendants’ statements were “plainly protected by the First Amendment” of the United States Constitution. Constitution.
Clinton and Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.
Other defendants included Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who led one of the United States’ congressional delegations. Impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives against Trump and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who wrote a dossier that was distributed to the FBI and media outlets prior to the 2016 election.
US intelligence officials and other US government officials have accused Russia of meddling in the election. Moscow has denied interfering in the election.
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- 1. Former President Donald Trump’s sprawling lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others was dismissed by a federal judge.
2. Trump’s claims, according to the judge, “are not only unsupported by any legal authority, but plainly foreclosed by binding precedent.”
3. The defendants are accused of conspiring to spread a false narrative of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, according to the lawsuit.
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