Trump Sues Hillary Clinton for Legal Fees Accrued in Russian Collusion Case

Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and others, accusing them of conspiring to remove him from the 2016 presidential election.

The lawsuit, which was filed in South Florida District Court, claims that Clinton and other members of the DNC "orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation's democracy." The alleged plot in question involved falsifying records and manipulating data in an attempt to "cripple Trump's bid for presidency" during the 2016 election.

"The lawsuit filed today outlines the Defendants' nefarious plot to vilify Donald J. Trump by spreading lies to weave a false narrative that he was colluding with Russia," Alina Habba, Trump's attorney, said in a statement to Newsweek.

"For years, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts attempted to shield themselves from culpability by directing others to do their dirty work for them," she continued. "This lawsuit seeks to hold all parties accountable for their heinous acts and uphold the principles of our sacred democracy."

The lawsuit alleges that the conspiracy scheme started with the law firm Perkins Coie, supposedly tasked with fabricating evidence that Trump colluded with Russian authorities during his campaign. It specifically accuses partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann of spearheading this alleged campaign, which involved "misleading evidence of a bogus 'back channel' connection between e-mail servers at Trump Tower and a Russian-owned bank." Using the evidence they supposedly created, the lawsuit says that the campaigns that Trump alleges were made to defame him were approved of by both Clinton and senior members of the DNC.

"As a result [of the campaign], Donald J. Trump and his campaign were forced to expend tens of millions of dollars in legal fees to defend against these contrived and unwarranted proceedings," continued the lawsuit.

Due to the so-called campaign, the lawsuit says Trump spent more than $24 million to fight the accusations. In the lawsuit, the former president is seeking repayment of the fees, additional money for damages sustained due to "the loss of existing and future business opportunities for himself, the Trump Campaign and the Trump Organization," as well as a trial by jury.

The 108-page lawsuit outlines 16 counts against as many as 47 entities. Those 47 defendants include several companies, such as Neustar Inc. and Orbis Business Intelligence, and former federal employees such as James Comey, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe. However, not all defendants are included in all counts.

The suit states Trump sustained "significant injuries and damages" that continue to this day. These damages are frequently described in the lawsuit as "actual, compensatory, special, incidental, and consequential," with some involving "expenses in the form of defense costs, legal fees and related expenses."

Newsweek has reached out to representatives of Hillary Clinton, Perkins Coie, Neustar Inc., and Orbis Business Intelligence for comment.

Update at 3/24/22, 3:34 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with more information on the lawsuit.

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Donald Trump has sued Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee accusing them of conspiring to ruin his 2016 presidential campaign. Here, they are seen walking off the stage after the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images