Donald Trump spent $24 million in legal fees and lost cases to fight Russia claims

Donald Trump has said he spent more than $24 million and lost business relationships while fighting allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential race.

The former president made the claim as part of a lawsuit filed against his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, a number of other Democrats and FBI officials claiming they orchestrated an ‘unthinkable plot’ for the accused of working with Russia to rig elections in his country. to favor.

The lawsuit was filed in District Court for the Southern District of Florida more than five years after Trump defeated Clinton in the 2016 election.

The document claims that Trump suffered “substantial injuries and damages” such as defense costs, legal fees and related expenses to defend against “the Democrats’ “criminal actions, false accusations and overall fraudulent scheme by the Democrats for the discredit and delegitimize it” before the 2016 elections.

The documents state that the total cost accumulated by Trump in relation to the allegations of collusion with Russia so far is $24 million and “continues to accumulate, along with the loss of existing and future business opportunities.” .

Trump is seeking $72 million in damages in the lawsuit, triple the amount the former president says he lost in legal fees fighting the allegations.

“The actions taken in their scheme – tampering with evidence, deceiving law enforcement and exploiting access to highly sensitive data sources – are so outrageous, subversive and inflammatory that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison. in comparison,” the lawsuit said.

Allegations that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to help them win the 2016 election were the subject of a sprawling investigation by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The long-awaited Mueller report ruled there was no evidence the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

However, the report did not completely exonerate Trump as Mueller found several examples of the then-president allegedly trying to obstruct justice and obstruct the investigation.

In addition to Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey is also named in the lawsuit. Mueller cited Trump’s firing of Comey in May 2017 while leading the agency’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia as one of the ways Trump may have tried to obstruct justice.

In 2020, a Republican-led US Senate committee found that Russia used former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the WikiLeaks website tried to help Trump win the 2016 election, which the Kremlin ( and Manafort in 2016) denied.

In a statement to NewsweekTrump lawyer Alina Habba accused the Clinton campaign of “spreading lies to weave a false narrative” that Trump was colluding with Russia.

“For years, Hillary Clinton and her cronies tried to shield themselves from guilt by ordering others to do their dirty work for them,” Habba added. “This lawsuit seeks to hold all parties accountable for their heinous acts and uphold the principles of our hallowed democracy.”

A Clinton spokesperson has been contacted for comment.

Donald Trump stops to speak to reporters as he prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The former president claims to have lost $24 million due to allegations of collusion with Russia in a lawsuit filed against Hillary Clinton.
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