Judge Fines Trump and His Lawyer Nearly $1 Million for ‘Fraud’ Claims Against Hillary Clinton

A federal judge on Thursday fined former President Donald Trump and one of his top lawyers nearly $1 million for filing sanctions against Hillary Clinton and other political opponents “that should never have been filed.”

U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks of South Florida said in his 46-page order that Trump, lead attorneys Alina Habba and Habba Madaio & Associates are jointly liable for $937,989 in the lawsuit. , which. he dismissed it in September.

“This case should never have been brought. Its inadequacy as a legal claim was known from the beginning. No reasonable attorney could have filed it,” Middlebrooks wrote, adding that the suits designed “for a political action.”

He then went on to argue why he believed Trump, and not just his lawyers, to be accused.

“Mr. Trump is a mercenary and litigator who regularly uses the courts to exact revenge on political enemies. He is the epitome of abuse of court, and cannot be seen as a judge who blindly follows the advice of a lawyer. He was fully aware of the impact of his actions,” Middlebrooks wrote. “So, I know that punishment should be imposed on Mr. Trump and his leadership adviser, Ms. Habba.”

NBC News asked Habba and a Trump spokesman for comment.

Trump filed a lawsuit in March alleging that in 2016, Clinton, then the Democratic presidential nominee, and the Democratic National Committee, among others, engaged in a “conspiracy.” ” to investigate his campaign’s ties to Russia, “destroying his crisis. life” and rigging the election for Clinton.

The original complaint named multiple accusers, including former FBI Director James Comey and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

The indictments issued Thursday on behalf of 18 defendants who alleged in a joint motion in October that Trump knowingly filed an “unsupported, and legally unsubstantiated amendment. “

The defendants asked for about $1 million to cover their attorneys’ fees and costs, Middlebrooks said.

Middlebrooks’ order accused Trump and his lawyers of engaging in a “continuing abuse of court” and cited a series of lawsuits brought by Trump. One of them includes the defamation charge last month against the Pulitzer Board and the repeated claims against New York Attorney General Letitia James, who investigated and ultimately indicted Trump. on banking, tax and insurance charges.

Those lawsuits, Middlebrooks said, undermined the law, used resources “from those who actually suffered legal harm” and painted judges as partisan.

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