NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – A Florida judge on Thursday ordered former President Donald Trump and one of his lawyers to pay nearly $1 million for filing a frivolous lawsuit against his rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton. gave. ,
US District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, in a scathing brief, accused Trump of a “pattern of abuse of the courts” in filing politically motivated lawsuits that he said “undermine the rule of law” and “deliver justice.” tantamount to obstructing”.
The magistrate wrote in his judgement, “Here we are faced with a suit which should never have been filed, which was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was designed to make bad decisions for an improper purpose.” was filed in confidence.”
Citing recent legal actions by Trump against the Pulitzer Prize board, New York Attorney General Letitia James, big tech companies and CNN Television, she described the former president as “a prolific and sophisticated litigator” who is “seeking revenge.” For” uses the courts. political opponents.
“He is a master of strategic abuse of the judicial process,” said the judge.
The ruling requires Trump and his attorney, Alina Habba, to pay approximately $938,000 to the defendants in that proceeding.
A spokeswoman for Trump and Habba did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday night.
In September, Middlebrook dismissed Trump’s lawsuit against Clinton, former top FBI and Democratic Party officials, dismissing the former president’s claims that he and others sabotaged his presidential campaign by citing ties to Russia. conspired to do
The complaint named Clinton and some of her top advisers as defendants, as well as former FBI Director James Comey and other agency officials involved in the investigation into how the Republican’s 2016 presidential campaign manipulated the election. whether or not he coordinated with Russia to influence the outcome of the
The judge then explained that the complaint had “glaring structural flaws” and that many “factual details are implausible.”