Ultimately, Judge Donald Middlebrooks dismissed the case for all defendants except for the U.S. government in September.
Along with Clinton and the DNC, other defendants included former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, the Perkins Coie law firm, the Fusion GPS research firm, Christopher Steele, and several former FBI officials, including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page.
Bill Clinton-appointed Middlebrooks on Thursday imposed $937,989.39 in sanctions, for which Trump and his lead attorney, Alina Habba of Habba Madaio & Associates, are “jointly and severally liable.”
“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,” Middlebrooks wrote. “Intended for a political purpose, none of the counts of the amended complaint stated a cognizable legal claim.”
“Thirty-one individuals and entities were needlessly harmed in order to dishonestly advance a political narrative,” Middlebrooks continued. “A continuing pattern of misuse of the courts by Mr. Trump and his lawyers undermines the rule of law, portray judges as partisans, and diverts resources from those who have suffered actual legal harm.”
According to legal experts, this recent development highlights the severe consequences of frivolous lawsuits, where legal actions are pursued not for the purpose of seeking justice but for political gain.
The imposition of such a large sum in sanctions, experts say, serves as a warning to others who may be considering similar actions in the future.
The case is Trump v. Clinton, No. 22-14102-CV, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.