Former US President Donald Trump on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party leaders and others for falsely accusing him of conspiring with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.
“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts have orchestrated an unthinkable conspiracy — one that shakes the conscience and is an affront to the democracy of this country,” according to the complaint filed in a federal court in Florida.
In concert, the defendants maliciously colluded to weave a false story that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, colluded with a hostile foreign sovereignty,” it reads. “They worked together with a single, selfish goal: to slander Donald J. Trump.”
“The actions taken in furtherance of their plan – falsifying evidence, defrauding law enforcement and exploiting access to highly sensitive data sources – are so outrageous, subversive and inflammatory that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.” the indictment said. †
In addition to Clinton, other named suspects include Democratic National Committee John Podesta, who chaired Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and former FBI Director James Comey.
Also named as the defendant was Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who prepared a pre-election dossier containing allegedly compromising information about Trump.
Trump repeatedly denounced the Steele dossier as “phony” and DailyExpertNews found there was no corroborating evidence to support many of his claims.
A Russian analyst who contributed to the file has been charged in the United States with lying to FBI agents who are investigating some of his findings.
Defendants also named the law firm Perkins Coie, which worked for the Clinton campaign, and Fusion GPS, a private firm that hired Perkins Coie to conduct opposition investigations.
Trump is demanding a jury trial and at least $72 million in damages.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and revealed multiple meetings between Trump advisers and Russians.
But Mueller stopped saying that the Trump campaign had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Russia, leading Trump to claim that there was “no conspiracy.”
A report released by a Republican-led Senate panel also revealed multiple contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials, but it also failed to confirm that there was a conspiracy.
The Senate report found that one of Trump’s former campaign managers, Paul Manafort, had a long-standing relationship with Konstantin Kilimnik, an alleged Russian intelligence officer, and had passed internal campaign information to him.
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