(PatriotWise.com) — Former President Donald Trump brought a $24 million lawsuit against the failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last year, alleging that she, White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan, and the Democratic National Committee conspired to tie him with a foreign country, according to The Hill. Now, U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks is sanctioning Trump by $937,989 for filing a “frivolous” conspiracy suit against the individuals, according to The Luxembourg Times.
The former president and one of his lawyers, Alina Habba, are reportedly looking to counter that sanction by putting up a $1.03 million bond to appeal. They made the offer in a letter to the judge, asking that he put the sanction on hold after Middlebrooks ordered Trump and Habba to jointly pay the legal fees incurred by Clinton and others.
“Its inadequacy as a legal claim was evident from the start,” the judge said of the suit, adding that the claim was political, and no reasonable lawyer would have filed it.
Trump’s suit against the 18 defendants fell flat as they argued that his claims were unevidenced and intended to advance a political narrative. Trump and Habba say that their bond represents 110% of the total sanctions and is not opposed by Clinton, according to Jared J. Roberts, who is handling the appeal.
U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks reportedly tossed the case out in September 2022, calling it a “political manifesto” with no legal standing, leading the Trump team to file a civil appeal. The move comes after the federal judge already removed several defendants from the case.
Courts records from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida show that the filing submitted by the Trump team had filing deficiencies, including a missing signature, which led to it being thrown out.
The case alleged that “[a]cting 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.
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