'Strategic abuse of the judicial process': Trump, attorney fined nearly $1M for 'frivolous' suit against Clinton

'Strategic abuse of the judicial process': Trump, attorney fined nearly $1M for 'frivolous' suit against Clinton
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Former president Donald Trump and his attorney Alina Habba have been ordered by a Florida judge to pay nearly $1 million for a lawsuit he filed against Hillary Clinton last year, The Associated Press reports.

The “king of frivolous lawsuits” filed the suit last March against Clinton and some of her trusted advisors, along with former FBI Director James Comey, for what he believed was an attempt to compromise his presidential campaign by “alleging ties to Russia.”

But Florida District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks contends that he dismissed the president’s suit due to its “glaring structural deficiencies” and "implausible characterizations."

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Suggesting that the former president is a “the mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process," the judge wrote, “Here, we are confronted with a lawsuit that should never have been filed, which was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose.”

With Trump’s continued willingness to “undermine the rule of law” after Middlebrooks tossed the case in September, he has now ordered Trump and Habba to pay approximately $938,000 to Clinton and the other defendants.

The judge called Trump “a prolific and sophisticated litigant" who often operates in a “pattern of abuse of the courts,” usually aiming for “revenge on political adversaries.”

According to The Associated Press, Middlebrooks also referenced other lawsuits filed by the former president since his 2020 election defeat, including one against the Pulitzer Prize board for defamation, another against New York Attorney General Letitia James — which was thrown out — as well as his lawsuits against CNN and Big Tech companies.

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