Hillary Clinton on Wednesday is asking that a legal challenge filed against her by Donald Trump be dismissed on the grounds that it has ‘no merit.’
The former first lady’s court filing compared Trump’s lawsuit to a ‘fundraising tool, a press release or a list of political grievances’ but said it has no place ‘as a lawsuit, and should be dismissed with prejudice.’
The ex-president sued his 2016 Democratic opponent and dozens of others in March for an ‘unthinkable plot’ to ‘weave a false narrative’ that he was colluding with a hostile foreign power during that election cycle to ‘cripple Trump’s bid for presidency.’
Clinton ‘vigorously denies’ Trump’s accusations, but even if they were true, argued that he ‘fails to plead any cognizable legal causes of action,’ the filing obtained by Axios states.
Her attorneys also claimed that some of the Republican’s accusations — including conspiring with the FBI and Christopher Steele on the British ex-spy’s infamous dossier — would run out of the statute of limitations even if Trump had a case.
They cite proof his allegations were made ‘no later than October 29, 2017, when [Trump] publicly asserted that Clinton was responsible for the Steele Dossier, “the Comey fix,” and “phony” stories on his collusion with Russia, and claimed the facts of the alleged conspiracy were “pouring out”.’
‘But notwithstanding his rousing, all-caps call to action, Plaintiff waited four years, four months, and twenty-four days before filing suit. His delay renders each of his claims untimely,’ they state.
Clinton’s lawyers compared Trump’s March lawsuit to ‘a press release or a list of political grievances’
Clinton’s attorneys claim Trump’s lawsuit is so full of lies that ‘the only factually supported allegations concerning Clinton in the lengthy Complaint’ is the date she declared she was running for president.
They dismiss his arguments as ‘fact-free pleading’ that the federal Florida court they were filed in should ‘reject.’
‘At most, [Trump] alleges that other entities sought to further Clinton’s candidacy and, after the election, politically opposed [Trump’s] administration. This is conduct plainly protected by the First Amendment, and there is nothing unlawful about engagement in political activity,’ Clinton’s team said.
Defendants also named in Trump’s suit include former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, ex-FBI lawyer and Strzok’s former lover Lisa Page, the Democratic National Committee and others.
Trump sued Clinton and more than a dozen others over allegedly ‘colluding’ against him in 2016
‘Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty,’ the lawsuit states.
Trump claimed that, as a result, he was ‘forced to incur expenses’ upwards of $24 million and that those costs are ‘continuing to accrue, in the form of defense costs, legal fees, and related expenses.’
The former president is fighting another legal battle north of the Sunshine State, having been caught up in a New York tax fraud investigation since 2019.
The Empire State’s Attorney General Letitia James has accused Trump and his family real estate empire of knowingly using misleading financial documents to secure favorable loans and business deals for at least a decade.
James recently urged a judge to hold Trump in contempt for failing to turn over financial documents in compliance with a subpoena. She also asked the court to fine him $10,000 for every day Trump did not comply.
The ex-president hit back in a Tuesday court filing, dismissing James’ threat as ‘little more than a contrived publicity stunt.’
Trump’s attorney Alina Habba said he had complied with the subpoena in full and just did not have the papers James was looking for — passing the buck to the Trump Organization, whose attorneys have said they’ve already produced 6 million pages’ worth of documents.
After a ‘dutiful search’ for what prosecutors were seeking, Trump’s attorney said he ‘simply did not have any of the requested documents in his personal possession or custody.’
Instead, Habba claimed ‘all potentially responsive documents were in the possession, custody or control of the Trump Organization,’ according to a filing obtained by Insider.
She pointed out her client ‘was not obligated to produce documents’ in the company’s control.
In a late March filing James said Trump himself only turned over 10 documents in more than two years. He was due to hand over the latest round by a previously agreed-upon deadline of March 31.
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