Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton and friends has landed in a political right hook that could cost her $24 million.
The 108-page federal lawsuit filed in a Florida court Thursday accuses Clinton et al with orchestrating “an unthinkable plot” accusing Trump of colluding with Russian officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
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“The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme — falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources — are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison,” Trump’s lawyers write in the introduction.
If Hillary Clinton was eyeing a rematch in 2024, this legal salvo will be center stage at every turn if Trump also enters the presidential race on the Republican side.
Trump also names the Democratic National Committee and many more for what he alleges was an attempt to manufacture the Russian collusion story to smear his stunning presidential victory.
“Under the guise of ‘opposition research,’ ‘data analytics,’ and other political stratagems, the Defendants nefariously sought to sway the public’s trust,” the lawsuit state. “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.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller later looked into the allegations, filing an inconclusive report.
The lawsuit hits hard at the so-called “Steele Dossier” — a scandal that Trump’s suit states was a “fully debunked collection of reports … riddled with misstatements, misrepresentations and, most of all, flat out lies.”
And, in a prelude to what is still to come, the Trump team adds: “The full extent of the Defendants’ wrongdoing has been steadily and gradually exposed by Special Counsel John Durham, who has been heading a DOJ investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia conspiracy.”
Durham appears to be nearing the end of his probe and preparing a case.
The Trump team adds: “In short, the Defendants, blinded by political ambition, orchestrated a malicious conspiracy to disseminate patently false and injurious information about Donald J. Trump and his campaign, all in the hopes of destroying his life, his political career and rigging the 2016 Presidential Election in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
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