Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton in 2016 over alleged Russian collusion

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Thursday sued his rival Hillary Clinton and several Democrats in the 2016 US presidential election.

The case includes a long list of grievances aired several times in the White House four years after the defeat of former Republican President Clinton, and he continues to lie that Democratic President Joe Biden’s 2020 election defeat was the result of widespread fraud. .

In a 108-page lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, the former president accused the defendants of “working together and plotting a false story that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was collaborating with a hostile foreign sovereign.” .

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The lawsuit alleges “fraud” and “conspiracy to commit a malicious lie.”

The Clinton representative did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit seeks damages and damages. Trump said he was “forced to pay only the amount that should have been determined at the trial, but is known to have exceeded $ 24 million ($ 24,000,000) and continues to accumulate in defense costs, legal fees and related forms.”

Jeff Krell, a lawyer who specializes in fraud cases, said Trump may have waited a long time to bring his fraud claims. Civil fraud claims are governed by the law of four-year limits, but there is generally a major controversy over when that four-year period begins to operate.

Defendants could also argue various arguments, such as that Trump’s case ignores the immunity granted to government agents, that the case does not present a fraudulent system – that it requires accountability – or that the case seeks to cool free practice. Speech.

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Such protections are usually settled out of court, according to Girell.

Defendants in Trump’s case include former British intelligence official Christopher Steele.

A document Steel wrote to the FBI and the media before the November 2016 election set out unproven promises that Russia had embarrassing information about some of Trump and his Republican campaign advisers and that Moscow was working behind the scenes to defeat Clinton. .

The 966-page report released by the Republican-led U.S. Senate panel in 2020 concludes that Russia used Republican political activist Paul Manford and the WikiLeaks website to help Trump win the 2016 election.

Manford served in Trump’s presidential campaign for five months in 2016.

Russia’s election disruption has been denied by Moscow, prompting a two – year U.S. investigation led by special adviser Robert Mueller.

In 2019, M முller released a full report detailing the many links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, but did not accuse any Trump ally of conspiracy.

In his statement, Mல்லller said, “The Russian government has realized that Trump will benefit from the presidency and has worked hard to defend that decision, and the campaign expects that it will electronically benefit from information stolen and leaked by Russian efforts.”

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Report by John Wolf in Washington and Jonathan Stampel in New York Editing by Scott Malone, Chris Reese and Leslie Adler

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