Former United States President Donald Trump sued Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and others for allegedly conspiring to undermine his 2016 presidential election campaign by falsely tying him to Russia.
In the 108-page lawsuit filed in Florida Southern District Court on March 24, Trump alleged that Clinton, her campaign, DNC, and 26 other people and entities “maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative” that he was “colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty” to “cripple” his 2016 presidential run.
The lawsuit compiles some factual inaccuracies, exaggerated false claims, and debunked accusations that Trump has made dozens of times over the years.
In the lawsuit, Trump accused the defendants of “falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources” that were “so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.”
Trump claimed that “a small faction of Clinton loyalists” triggered an “unfounded” investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the alleged Russian collusion.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller had said that his investigation uncovered dozens of connections between Trump associates and Russian officials.
The lawsuit also named former FBI Director James Correy and other FBI officials, retired British spy Christopher Steele and his associates, former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and a handful of Clinton campaign officials.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Trump said 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.”
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