Something smells like desperation!
If Hillary Clinton in fact did nothing wrong, what problem would she have going to court with Donald Trump? Unless she actually does have something to hide, which would explain why her legal team is so desperate to drop the ‘Russiagate’ lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Trump alleges that Hillary Clinton was involved in a “racketeering” and “conspiratorial” scheme to commit injurious falsehoods against the Former President and his ties to Russia.
On Wednesday, her attorneys claim the suit lacks legal merit and is appealing to a federal judge to dismiss the case.
“Whatever the utility of Plaintiff’s Complaint as a fundraising tool, a press release, or a list of political grievances, it has no merit as a lawsuit, and should be dismissed with prejudice,” the filing says.
“By the complaint’s own telling, these alleged events occurred long ago, and Plaintiff has been aware of his purported injuries for years.”
The failed presidential candidate’s legal team contends that she disputes the allegations in the lawsuit but emphasizes that even if they were true, Trump’s suit fails to identify a “cognizable legal causes of action.”
Clinton’s lawyers maintain that “the statute of limitations on his claims expired long ago” and that the First Amendment protects her campaign’s activities during the election.
If U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, who is presiding over the case, dismisses the claim with prejudice, Trump would not be able to refile a similar suit. The motion to dismiss was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Trump filed the lawsuit late last month against Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others. He alleged the defendants pushed false claims that he colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election by “[crippling] his bid for the presidency” and then shifted “their focus to undermining his presidential administration.” His lawsuit seeks damages for the Russiagate attacks.
In the motion, Clinton’s lawyers emphasize that Clinton did not knowingly try to harm Trump’s business dealings with her public comments on his relationship with Russia.
“Clinton’s statements deal entirely with Trump’s presidency and his fitness for public office. There is no allegation that Clinton knew or intended that the alleged statements would harm plaintiff’s business interests, or induce others not to deal with him commercially,” the motion reads.
Clinton’s filing pertains to the allegations against her, specifically. Other defendants in the lawsuit could join her motion to quash the suit. So far, the defendants have taken different approaches to Trump’s filing, with some attempting to stall.
Middlebrooks was appointed to the federal court by Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, and has rejected all requests to recuse himself from Trump’s case.
Need we say more?
Author: Sebastian Hayworth