Former US President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, including the Democratic National Party, alleging that they colluded to sabotage his 2016 campaign by falsely linking him to Russia.
Trump defeated Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but his latest lawsuit accuses him of “racketeering” and other allegations as part of a “unthinkable scheme” to derail his campaign.
Trump’s campaign and transition staff have been accused of colluding with Russian operatives to sway the election in Trump’s favor.
In 2020, a US Senate committee decided that Russia attempted to assist Trump win by using Republican political strategist Paul Manafort and the WikiLeaks website, but it did not accuse Trump of conspiring with the Russians.
The study found no proof of a conspiracy, but it did say that Trump may have obstructed justice while in office.
Trump, who has alleged there was a Democratic plot to destabilize his presidency by implying his team had sinister ties to Russia, is now seeking $24 million (£18 million) in damages.
“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mrs Clinton and her associates organized an inconceivable conspiracy – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to our nation’s democracy,” Trump’s civil complaint contends.
“The Defendants collaborated deliberately to craft a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J Trump, was cooperating with a hostile foreign nation,” the complaint reads.
The complaint names former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former FBI Director James Comey, and Democratic political strategist John Podesta.
A two-year investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling was led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The former president’s case may not be simple to win, as evidence of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives has been recorded by Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe.
The evidence includes a meeting between senior Trump campaign employees and Russian nationals in 2016 at Trump Tower, as well as communications between Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a suspected Russian intelligence asset.