WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, lawyers representing former President Donald Trump filed a massive, 108-page civil lawsuit in a Florida federal court against his opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, in addition to 47 other individuals and groups he claims conspired to undermine his campaign by falsely tying him to Russia.
In addition to Clinton and several members of her 2016 campaign, the lawsuit also names as defendants former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI official Peter Strzok – in addition to other FBI officials – as well as retired British spy Christopher Steele and many others, all of whom Trump have been accused of being part of a “deep state” that was clandestinely working against him while he was in the White House.
“Acting 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,” the lawsuit reads. “Under the guise of ‘opposition research,’ ‘data analytics,’ and other political stratagems, the Defendants nefariously sought to sway the public’s trust. They worked together with a single, self-serving purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump.”
The lawsuit alleges that Democrats and government officials carried out numerous crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, malicious prosecution, computer fraud and theft of secret internet data, and is asking for $24 million in damages and costs.
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The suit claims that Clinton and other Democrats – with the assistance of “Clinton loyalists” in the FBI – falsified information that tied Trump to Russia in an attempt to damage his run for the White House, which resulted in an “unfounded investigation” headed up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election.
Mueller’s investigation did uncover Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that “the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome.” But while connections were found to exist between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Mueller’s report stated that the evidence wasn’t “sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy.”
The lawsuit also references recent accusations from Special Counsel John Durham – who is heading up a probe into the origins of the Russia investigation – that the campaign of Hillary Clinton had paid a technology firm in 2016 to hack Trump Tower and White House servers in an attempt to link Trump to sources in Russia.