Trump and attorney Habba fined $1 million for ‘frivolous’ lawsuit against Hillary Clinton

NEW YORK (AP) – A Florida judge has sanctioned former President Donald Trump and one of his lawyers, ordering them to pay nearly $1 million for filing what he called a perjury lawsuit against Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and others.

In a scathing filing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks accused Trump of a “pattern of judicial abuse” for filing frivolous lawsuits for political purposes, which to say that it “destroys the rule of law” and “has become an obstacle to justice.”

“Here, we are dealing with a judgment that should not have been entered, which was very frivolous, both factually and legally, and was brought in bad faith for an unreasonable purpose,” he wrote.

Citing Trump’s recent lawsuit against the Pulitzer Prize board, New York’s attorney general, major tech companies and CNN, he described Trump as a “strong and intelligent person” who uses courts “to take revenge on political enemies.”

“He is the master of the use of justice,” he wrote.

The decision required Trump and his attorney, Alina Habba, to pay nearly $938,000 to the defendants in the case.

A spokesman for Trump and Habba did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Thursday. It was reported early Friday by NBC and others from the Trump team that they have withdrawn their lawsuit against Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York.

Middlebrooks in September dismissed Trump’s test against Clintonformer top FBI officials and the Democratic Party have denied the former president’s claims that they and others conspired to sink his presidential campaign through alleged ties to Russia .

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The lawsuit names Clinton and some of her top advisers, as well as former FBI director James Comey and other FBI officials involved in the investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. worked with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.

He said that the suit contains “inconvenient flaws” and many “indicators of events that are not proven.”

Following the sanctions, Trump on Friday withdrew his lawsuit against James New York. The case, filed in federal court in Florida, was also served on Middlebrooks.

Trump indicted James in November in response to his lawsuit alleging that he and his company defrauded banks and others about the value of assets in what he called a “picture of theft.”

Trump, a Republican, also tried to prevent James, a Democrat, from having an oversight on the family trust that runs his company. His 35-page complaint redacted some of the claims from his earlier lawsuit against James in New York federal court, angering Middlebrooks, who wrote in a December order: “The this trial has all the evidence of malice and contempt.”

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