Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is asking a federal court to order former President Trump to pay her legal fees for a lawsuit she filed alleging she and others more involved in the plot to sabotage his campaign in 2016 and allegations of Russian involvement.
In a motion filed Monday, Clinton’s lawyers called Trump’s case — dismissed by a federal appeals court in September, a move the former president has requested — a ” political” and said it met the threshold for the court to impose penalties. .
“A reasonable attorney would never have dismissed this case, let alone continued to prosecute it after multiple motions by the Defendants to dismiss showing its fundamental and irreparable defects. ,” Clinton’s lawyers said.
Trump filed the civil lawsuit in March, according to Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and more than a dozen others. made a malicious attempt to undermine his presidential hopes in 2016 by accusing his war of cooperation with Russia.
The suit named Sullivan in his capacity as Clinton’s top policy adviser during her campaign.
Clinton’s attorneys for months have argued that Trump’s suit was politically motivated, and a judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton in September threw out the case, calling it a “political show.” ” Trump has appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.
Under federal law, a judge can order attorneys who are “harmful and disruptive” to court proceedings to pay the attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs incurred by them. their work.
“The Plaintiff’s judgment was factually incorrect, unsupported by law, and placed an undue burden on the Defendants and this Court,” Clinton’s lawyers argued. . “Despite being made aware of the numerous errors in the original Complaint through a round of motions to dismiss, Plaintiff and his counsel contend before the Amended Agreement that none of the problems were corrected.”
Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba in a statement categorically denied Clinton’s allegations, rebutting allegations that the former presidential candidate filed the motion for political reasons.
“This motion, preferably submitted one week before election day, is nothing more than an attempt to make a political point.” “This motion is unnecessary, as our client’s case will soon be reviewed by the Eleventh Circuit. We oppose this motion and believe that the Court will find this fraud.”