Judge who dismissed Trump's lawsuit against Clinton, others, imposes nearly $1 million in sanctions on Trump, attorney

January 21, 2023

It has become quite clear to many Americans over the past several years that failed 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and others were behind the "Russian collusion" and other false narratives meant to discredit and smear former President Donald Trump before, during, and after the 2016 election.

Trump had filed a massive lawsuit against Clinton and others that was summarily dismissed, and now the federal judge who dismissed that suit has ordered Trump and his attorney, Alina Habba, to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions, The Washington Post reported.

The total sanctioned amount of $937,989 will cover the court costs and attorneys fees for Clinton and another 30 other named defendants in Trump's suit, and now instead of accountability and justice being served against Clinton for her role in originating provably false narratives against Trump, the embattled former president will be forced to pay for the defense of his dishonest rival.

Adding to the infuriating nature of this development is the fact that the judge in this case, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, was appointed to his position by former President Bill Clinton, and despite the clear conflict of interest in presiding over a case involving the wife of the man who appointed him, Middlebrooks refused to recuse himself when asked initially to do so.

A judicial smackdown

The animosity and bias of Judge Middlebrooks toward former President Trump was abundantly clear in the absolutely scathing 46-page sanctions order he issued on Thursday that repeatedly chastised both Trump and Habba from the very beginning and throughout.

"This case should never have been brought. Its inadequacy as a legal claim was evident from the start. No reasonable lawyer would have filed it. Intended for a political purpose, none of the counts of the amended complaint stated a cognizable legal claim," Middlebrooks wrote.

"Thirty-one individuals and entities were needlessly harmed in order to dishonestly advance a political narrative," he added. "A continuing pattern of misuse of the courts by Mr. Trump and his lawyers undermines the rule of law, portrays judges as partisans, and diverts resources from those who have suffered actual legal harm."

At another point, the judge said, "Here, we are confronted with a lawsuit that should never have been filed, which was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose."

"Mr. Trump is a prolific and sophisticated litigant who is repeatedly using the courts to seek revenge on political adversaries. He is the mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process, and he cannot be seen as a litigant blindly following the advice of a lawyer. He knew full well the impact of his actions," Middlebrooks asserted. "As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed upon Mr. Trump and his lead counsel, Ms. Habba."

Clinton to have $172,000 in costs covered by Trump

Politico reported that Judge Middlebrooks proceeded to pick apart various aspects of former President Trump's initial and amended complaints, highlighting certain deficiencies -- including a claim of a conspiracy between Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey that he dismissed as "categorically absurd" -- and instances where documents cited as supporting evidence actually contradicted Trump's arguments.

"The Amended Complaint is a hodgepodge of disconnected, often immaterial events, followed by an implausible conclusion. This is a deliberate attempt to harass; to tell a story without regard to facts," the judge wrote at one point.

In the end, the outlet noted that out of the nearly $1 million that Trump and Habba must now pay the court to be distributed among the 31 defendants to cover attorneys fees and costs, Clinton herself scored the biggest draw for a single defendant of nearly $172,000.

Clinton rewarded with Ivy League professorship

Meanwhile, as Clinton has not only dodged accountability here and will actually have her costs covered by Trump, she has also been rewarded in other ways by her fellow comrades on the left with an appointment to serve as a professor and fellow at a prestigious Ivy League university, Fox News reported.

Clinton will now serve, and presumably be paid handsomely, as a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and will also serve as a presidential fellow for the Columbia World Projects program.


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