Federal Judge Donald Middlebrooks awarded Trump and his lawyers nearly $1 million for abusing the legal system with a frivolous lawsuit against Hillary Clinton.
A federal judge on Thursday imposed nearly $1 million in sanctions against former President Donald Trump and his lawyers for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and others they say tried to rig the 2016 presidential election in Clinton’s favor.
“This case should never have been brought,” Judge John Middlebrooks wrote in an order allowing Trump to file a civil suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which the judge had previously dismissed.
“Its inadequacy as a legal claim is clear from the outset. No reasonable attorney would have filed it. Intended for a political purpose, none of the counts of the amended complaint state cognizable legal claims.
Such restrictions are meant to hopefully deter other lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits on Trump’s behalf. The same judge tore the lawsuit apart when it was initially dismissed, and lawyers who filed lawsuits in other states based on Trump’s Big Lies were also sanctioned.
Trump admitted to accidentally inciting violence on Thursday while trying to blame the media for using the word “big lie.” Judges are fed up with Trump’s attempts to use their courtrooms as platforms to make political points and gain publicity.
Donald Trump is not the president, so there is little tolerance for his abuse of the courts and general nonsense.
It’s been a humiliating month for Trump, and things could get worse soon.
The judicial branch of government has consistently acted as a watchdog and stood up to Trump.
Jason is the managing editor. He is a member of the White House Press Pool and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticoUSA. Jason holds a Masters in Political Science. Her graduate work focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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