Federal judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, DNC
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Federal judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, DNC

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida Thursday dismissed former president Donald Trump’s claims against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and former FBI officials.

Trump initiated the lawsuit in March, alleging that “the Defendants, blinded by political ambition, orchestrated a malicious conspiracy to disseminate patently false and injurious information about [Trump] and his campaign, all in the hopes of destroying his life, his political career and rigging the 2016 Presidential Election in favor of Hillary Clinton.”

Of Trump’s initial complaint, Judge Donald Middlebrooks wrote: “Plaintiff’s theory of this case … is difficult to summarize in a concise and cohesive manner. It was certainly not presented that way.”

The judge had little good to say about the former president’s amended complaint, stating “To say that Plaintiff’s 193-page, 819-paragraph Amended Complaint is excessive in length would be putting things mildly. And to make matters worse, the Amended Complaint commits the ‘mortal sin’ of incorporating by reference into every count all the general allegations and all the allegations of the preceding counts.”

Middlebrooks agreed with the 224 defendants in the case who sought to dismiss and wrote, “whatever the utilities of the Complaint as a fundraising tool, a press release, or a list of political grievances, it has no merit as a lawsuit” because “most of Plaintiff’s claims are not only unsupported by any legal authority but plainly foreclosed by binding precedent as set forth by the Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit.”