Donald Trump and one of his attorneys have been fined nearly $1 million in what a Florida judge says is a sham legal action against Hillary Clinton and her top advisers.
The ruling ordered former us president and his lawyer, Alina Habba, paid nearly $938,000 (£758,626) to the defendants in the case after they claimed they worked with Russia to conspire to influence the outcome of his presidential election.
After sanctions, Mr Trump withdrew his Lawsuit filed against New York Attorney General Letitia Jamesfirst submitted in 2021.
U.S. District Judge Donald M Middlebrooks first dismissed the case in September, calling the lawsuit against Mrs. Clinton, Trump’s 2016 rival, a former senior FBI official and Democrats, “totally frivolous both in fact and in law.” , and “equivalent to obstruction of justice.”
Citing other legal actions Trump has been involved in, Middlebrooks called the former president a “prolific and sophisticated litigator” who used the courts to “retaliate against political opponents.”
“He was the mastermind behind the strategic abuse of the judicial process,” Mr Middlebrooks added.
Spokespeople for Mr. Trump and Ms. Harba did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump and the New York Attorney General
Mr. Middlebrooks is also the judge hearing Mr. Trump’s lawsuit against Ms. James.
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether Trump Organization Inflates Property Values Get a loan and get tax and financial benefits.
After being first sued by Ms James, Mr Trump claimed the attorney general violated the Trump Organization’s constitutional rights by conducting a politically motivated investigation and calling it a “witch hunt”.
Mr Middlebrooks was outraged, writing of the lawsuit: “This lawsuit has all the telltale signs of vexation and frivolity.”
Trump and CNN
In separate legal case, Mr Trump sues Media Group CNN Defamation Last October.
He is seeking $475m (£420m) in punitive damages, claiming the network ran a “defamation and smear campaign” against him.
In the 29-page lawsuit, Mr. Trump claims that CNN has long criticized him but has stepped up its attacks in recent months as the network fears he will run for president again in 2024.