Former President Donald Trump on Thursday filed a $24 million federal lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee launched a wide-ranging “unthinkable plot” in 2016 to smear him and his marketing campaign as colluding with Russian officers.
In the swimsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, Trump claims the objective was to manufacture a scandal in an effort to “cripple” his bid for the presidency.
“In the run up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot — one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy,” he says in the 108-page grievance.
“Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty.”
The forty fifth president alleges that the scheme concocted by Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, and others falsified proof, deceived legislation enforcement and exploited “access to highly-sensitive data sources” — and was “so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.”
Using the guise of opposition analysis and information analytics — an obvious nod to the extremely controversial Christopher Steele file — Clinton and the Democrats sought to “sway the public’s trust,” in response to the submitting.
“They worked together with a single, self-serving purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump. Indeed, their far-reaching conspiracy was designed to cripple Trump’s bid for presidency by fabricating a scandal that would be used to trigger an unfounded federal investigation and ignite a media frenzy,” claims the swimsuit, filed practically six years after the election in which he defeated Clinton, claims.
The scheme was “conceived, coordinated and carried out by top-level officials at the Clinton Campaign and the DNC — including ‘the candidate’ herself — who attempted to shield her involvement behind a wall of third parties,” the swimsuit says.
In a footnote, the authorized papers recognized the Justice Department, the Office of the Inspector General, the 4 FISA functions and “Crossfire Hurricane” — the code title given to the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into attainable hyperlinks between Russian officers and the Trump marketing campaign.
Clinton and the opposite Democrats “blinded by political ambition” masterminded the plot to unfold false details about then-candidate Trump, “all in the hopes of destroying his life, his political career and rigging the 2016 Presidential Election in favor of Hillary Clinton,” the swimsuit alleges.
When the scheme failed and Trump was elected, the Democrats shifted their focus to eat away on the credibility of the Trump administration, the filings says.
“Worse still, the Defendants continue to spread their vicious lies to this day as they unabashedly publicize their thoroughly debunked falsehoods in an effort to ensure that he will never be elected again,” the previous president says in the swimsuit.
The grievance additionally alleges that the Democrats violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, amongst different offenses. Trump is searching for compensatory and punitive damages, claiming that he was “forced to incur expenses in an amount to be determined at trial, but known to be in excess of twenty-four million dollars ($24,000,000) and continuing to accrue, in the form of defense costs, legal fees, and related expenses.”
Along with Clinton and the DNC, the lawsuit names as defendants former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton marketing campaign chief John Podesta, the legislation agency Perkins Coie, the analysis agency Fusion GPS, former FBI officers Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence agent who authored file.
Trump has lengthy accused Democrats and the Clinton marketing campaign of conspiring to hyperlink him to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election — the topic of unsuccessful impeachment proceedings in opposition to Trump when he was in workplace.
But a heavily redacted report issued in August 2020 by the Republican-led Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concluded that Russia was behind a plot to subvert the integrity of the 2016 elections, an effort that “represents one of the single most grave counterintelligence threats to American national security in the modem era.”
“The Committee found that the Russian government engaged in an aggressive, multifaceted effort to influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election,” the panel stated in the 966-page report.
The report additionally stated former Trump marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who had vast connections with pro-Russian officers in Ukraine, labored with the WikiLeaks web site to assist Trump win in 2016. The Senate committee’s findings, just like the report issued by particular counsel Robert Mueller in May 2019, didn’t conclude that Trump or his marketing campaign colluded with the Russian authorities.
But Mueller’s investigation discovered that the Trump marketing campaign was “receptive” to Russian assist.