A US judge has ordered Donald Trump and one of his attorneys to pay nearly $1 million (£809,190) in fines for a “frivolous” lawsuit they filed against Hillary Clinton and others. A lawsuit claimed that by connecting his campaign to Russia, Mrs. Clinton and others attempted to rig the 2016 US presidential election.
US District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks stated in his ruling that the case “should never have been brought.” Mr. Trump hasn’t responded right away. In his March 2018 lawsuit, the former president accused Mrs. Clinton, the DNC, and others of working together to “weave a false narrative” about his campaign’s 2016 election-related collusion with Russia.
Trump had asked for damages of $70 million. After one defendant requested sanctions, the case was dismissed in September, and Mr. Trump was assessed a fine of over $65,000 in fees and penalties in November. After several defendants, including Mrs. Clinton, submitted a new request for sanctions, Thursday’s decision was made. Judge Middlebrooks ruled that Mr. Trump was a “mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process” and that the lawsuit was filed with “political purpose” and was “inadequate as a legal claim.”