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Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against Clinton, others over Russia allegations

DOJ appeals order for Mar-a-Lago document review

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A federal judge has dismissed case by former President Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party, media organizations and a large number of others, saying Trump used the court to “flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances.”

Judge Donald Middlebrooks wrote in his ruling Thursday the court was “not the correct forum” for Trump’s complaints about his rivals among others. The lawsuit accused Democrats among others of a “conspiracy” to link Trump to Russia after and during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“At its core, the issue with [Trump’s] complaint is that [Trump] isn’t wanting to seek redress for just about any legal harm,” wrote Middlebrooks, who serves the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, said “we vehemently disagree” with the ruling.

“It’s not only rife with erroneous applications of regulations, it disregards the many independent governmental investigations which substantiate our declare that the defendants conspired to falsely implicate our client and undermine the 2016 Presidential election,” Habba said.

She said Trump intends to appeal.

David Kendall, a lawyer for Clinton, lauded the ruling within an email to CBS News.

“The court’s opinion meticulously and comprehensively devastates Trump’s allegations,” Kendall said.

The lawsuit’s dismissal comes as an evergrowing whirlwind of legal problems circles Trump and several of his closest associates.

Trump is fighting a federal investigation into his handling of documents, seized at his Mar-a-Lago home, marked “secret,” “” inside info “,” “confidential” and “classified/TS/SCI,” or top secret/sensitive compartmented information.

On Thursday, Trump’s former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon turned himself in to Manhattan prosecutors, who charged Bannon with fraud along with other crimes linked to a nonprofit he was involved with. Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress in July for failing woefully to comply with a residence Jan. 6 Select Committee subpoena.

Trump and a large number of his allies and supporters, including former NEW YORK Mayor Rudy Giuliani, will be the subjects of a criminal investigation in Fulton County, Georgia, centered on Trump’s conduct following a 2020 election.

His company, the Trump Organization, is facing a criminal trial in NEW YORK in October, and the brand new York attorney general is likely to announce civil enforcement linked to alleged fraud in the coming weeks.

Graham Kates

Graham Kates can be an investigative reporter covering criminal justice, privacy issues and information security for CBS News Digital. Contact Graham at or

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