A federal judge in Florida dismissed a lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump that blamed Hillary Clinton and others for conspiring to malign his character.
In a ruling on Thursday night, the judge said the suit was not an effort to seek “redress for any legal harm,” but was instead an attempt to use the court to air political grievances.
Judge Donald Middlebrooks, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, said Trump “is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him.”
“And this Court is not the appropriate forum,” Middlebrooks wrote in his opinion.
The lawsuit stemmed from the inquiry into any possible ties between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
Trump’s suit accused more than two dozen defendants of orchestrating “a malicious conspiracy to disseminate patently false and injurious information about Donald J. 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.” It was filed in March under the civil version of a racketeering law normally used against organized crime.
“At its core, the problem with plaintiff’s amended complaint is that plaintiff is not attempting to seek redress for any legal harm; instead, he is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him, and this court is not the appropriate forum,” U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks said in a 65-page order.
Alina Habba, a lawyer for Trump, said the former president would appeal the ruling.
“We vehemently disagree with the opinion issued by the court today,” Habba said in an emailed statement. “Not only is it rife with erroneous applications of the law, it disregards the numerous independent governmental investigations which substantiate our claim that the defendants conspired to falsely implicate our client and undermine the 2016 Presidential election.”