A US district judge in Florida said former president Donald Trump had exhibited a pattern of misusing the courts to further his political agenda.
Former president Donald Trump and his attorneys were ordered to pay more than $937,000 in sanctions for suing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over claims the 2016 presidential election was rigged.
Donald Trump won the election in 2016.
The judge in the case wrote, “Its inadequacy as a legal claim was evident from the start. No reasonable lawyer would have filed it. Intended for a political purpose, none of the counts of the amended complaint stated a cognizable legal claim.” He further wrote in his decision about the suit, “completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose.”
Trump sued Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, claiming she and other Democrats sought to rig the election by falsely accusing his campaign of links to Russia.
The decision also says, “[Trump] consistently misrepresented and cherry-picked portions of public reports and filings to support a false factual narrative,” referring to “the 2019 report by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III by saying it had exonerated him. Mueller said only that his team had made no determination on “collusion” with the Russian government.”
Another lawsuit against Trump by a woman who had accused him of rape is also moving forward.
E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a dressing room in New York in the mid-1990s. The former journalist is now suing Trump for remarks he made while denying the accusations.
There are at least eight other lawsuits against Donald Trump personally, now making their way through the courts, involving the Jan. 6th attack and regarding his financial and tax information.
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