Former President Donald Trump sued Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday for allegedly conspiring to create a “false narrative” during the 2016 election campaign in order to make the electorate believe that he had ties to Russia.
According to the lawsuit, filed in federal district court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, the DNC fabricated alleged collusion between the Republican’s campaign and Moscow, prompting an baseless federal investigation.
The document considers that the defendants took advantage of access to highly confidential data. The plot, according to the lawsuit, is compared what happened to in Watergate scandal, a plot of political espionage to the Democratic Party in the 1970s that ended with the resignation of the then U.S. President Richard Nixon.
Trump’s lawyers claim that the defendants tried to influence the “trust” of the electorate and “worked together for a single selfish purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump.”
The lawsuit asks the judge to impose an award for “punitive damages, costs, and such further and other relief as this court may deem just and proper.”
According to the court brief, the scheme was conceived, coordinated and carried out by high-level officials in the Clinton campaign and the DNC. It notes that the multi-pronged attack sought to publicly defame Trump by instigating a media frenzy.
Among the defendants are several FBI figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, as well as Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, and President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, among others.
Also among the defendants is former British spy Christopher Steele, author of a report suggesting that Moscow was linked to Trump’s election campaign and that Russian secret services had sensitive material on the former president that could be used against him.
The federal investigation found no evidence that Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia to win the election.