Former President Donald Trump on Thursday filed a $24 million federal lawsuit charging Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee with launching an “unthinkable plot” in 2016 to smear his campaign as colluding with Russian officials.
In the suit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, Trump claims Clinton & Co. fabricated the scandal to “cripple” his presidential run. The “Russia, Russia, Russia” campaign was not successful, but mired his presidency in constant attack by Democrats over the falsehood.
“In the run up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot — one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy,” he says in the 108-page complaint.
“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.”
Along with Clinton and the DNC, the lawsuit names as defendants former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, the law firm Perkins Coie, the research firm Fusion GPS, former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence agent who authored dossier.
“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,” claims the suit, filed nearly six years after the election in which he defeated Clinton.
Not one of the defendants had any comment about the suit.