Secretary Hillary Clinton filed a counter motion against Donald Trump and his lawyers for filing an Amended Complaint against her, numerous other Democrats, and several democratic institutions just one week before the midterm elections. The former secretary of State called the previous president’s failed RICO lawsuit a “factually and legally defective suit” and a “political stunt.”
The previous president filed his case in Florida’s U.S. District Court for the Southern District. Trump claimed in the 32-page motion that the defendants were involved in “an alleged racketeering plot against his 2016 campaign and presidency.” But the case fizzled. U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks wasted no time in fully dismissing Trump’s case. He said that the federal statute of limitations over the 2016 case had already passed.
Then the defendants attorneys David Oscar Markus and David Kendall asked Judge Middlebrooks to have the ex-president pay all attorneys’ “fees and costs,” amounting to over one million dollars. The case against Trump was on behalf of Clinton and:
‘John Podesta, Robby Mook, the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Halliday Dolan, Jr. (who previously filed his own motion for sanctions), Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Igor Danchenko, and Rodney Joffe.’
The Democrats’ case read:
‘The Court should not countenance the abuse of its resources—or allow significant burdens to be imposed on Defendants, many of them individuals who have devoted their careers to public service—in service of Plaintiff’s political stunt.’
Judge Middlebrooks wrote:
‘Under these circumstances, sanctions against both Plaintiff and his counsel are appropriate. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1927, this Court may order Plaintiff’s counsel to reimburse Defendants for the fees and costs associated with their motions to dismiss the Amended Complaint and the instant motion for sanctions. Under the Court’s inherent authority as well as the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Court may impose sanctions on Plaintiff himself and require Plaintiff to reimburse Defendants for all the fees and costs incurred as a result of his suit, including those associated with responding to the initial Complaint and Amended Complaint, and with the instant motion for sanctions.’
The judge said Trump’s case was “objectively unreasonable,” “vexatious,” and “egregious.” And a “reasonable attorney” would have never filed it. The Court dismissed the Amended Complaint writing:
‘[A]t its core, the problem with Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint is that Plaintiff is not attempting to seek redress for any legal harm; instead, he is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him, and this Court is not the appropriate forum. [Op. at 64] is not simply that.” [The Amended Complaint was] inadequate in any respect: it is inadequate in nearly every respect.’ Id. at 63 (emphasis in original).’
The Trump attorneys were “Peter David Ticktin, Michael T. Madaio, Alina Habba, and Jared Joseph Roberts.” They released a statement to Law & Crime about the motion:
‘We vehemently deny the inflammatory allegations contained in the sanctions motion filed by the Clinton team. This motion conveniently filed one week prior to election day, is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to score political points. This motion is particularly inappropriate, given that our client’s case will soon be reviewed by the Eleventh Circuit. We will oppose this motion and trust that the Court will see through this ruse.’
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