In an exclusive interview on Friday with Glenn Beck, President Donald Trump discussed his new lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee regarding the 2016 election and said that he should be allowed to demand the judge appointed by Bill Clinton be recused from the case.
The lawsuit filed last Thursday names almost 50 separate defendants and alleges a variety of legal claims, including a conspiracy in violation of the federal RICO law, civil conspiracy, malicious prosecution, theft of trade secrets, and statutory computer fraud violations.
Trump said the matters alleged in the 108-page complaint show “what they did was totally corrupt.” He also reaffirmed his allegation that the Obama administration spied on his campaign in the run-up to the election.
The case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that the Clinton campaign conspired with the Democratic Party, former FBI Director James Comey, and others worked together on an “unthinkable plot.” The case alleges that the conspirators created a plan to falsify documents and information in an intentional effort to destroy the Trump campaign’s bid for the presidency in 2016.
Trump said that his legal team has been working on the case for a long time and that more defendants could be added as special counsel John Durham finishes his work regarding the FBI investigation into alleged Russian election meddling.
The lawsuit has been initially assigned to U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks. He was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1997 and dismissed a civil racketeering case brought against Hillary Clinton in 2015. That case alleged she illegally used a private email server in her duties as Secretary of State to affect official foreign policy in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation and directly paid speaking fees.
Trump told Beck that the judge has a conflict of interest and should volunteer to recuse himself from the new case. He said that he may ask his lawyers to ask for an involuntary recusal if necessary or a change of venue.
The new case demands a minimum amount of damages of $72 million to compensate for legal fees and lost commercial revenue as a result of false allegations of collusion with Russian interests.
The case has been called deeply flawed by some legal experts friendly with the corporate media, who predict it will be dismissed and could result in sanctions against Trump and his attorneys. One of Trump’s attorneys, Alina Habba, has defended the case, saying that Hillary Clinton “and her cohorts” have attempted to hide from culpability for years by “directing others to do their dirty work for them.” She added that the new case will hold every party accountable for “their heinous acts.”