What is RICO Lawsuit - Trump Files Against Hillary Clinton
|Trump files $72 Million RICO Lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and Allies over Russian Claims
Former President Donald Trump has filed a sweeping RICO lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others, alleging that they "maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that [Trump] was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty [Russia]" to try and rig the 2016 election.
Donald Trump is all set to take over the former US Secretary of State for what happened in 2016. Even though most American believe that Donal Trump did conspire with Russia and continues to share amicable relations with Putin, we don’t know what the Judge rules. What do you think about the fate of these Democrats?
Overview Case Against Clinton
Trump’s RICO suit says that Clinton, who was his Democratic opponent in that election, and other defendants as part of the purported scheme falsified evidence, deceived law enforcement authorities and exploited access to “highly-sensitive data sources” in a way that “even the events of Watergate pale in comparison.”
The lawsuit seeks more than $72 million in damages, an amount that is triple the $24 million in legal fees and other damages that Trump allegedly has accrued as a result of the defendants’ purported conduct.
Clinton’s spokesman on Friday issued a tart single-word statement on Trump’s suit: “Nonsense.”
The Republican ex-president, who is highly litigious, filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida more than five years after defeating Clinton the race that was the subject of the supposed plot to harm his chances in the election.
During the campaign in 2016, Trump had said at a press conference, “Russia, if you’re listening — I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to electronic communications that had been deleted from a private email server Clinton used while she was secretary of state.
And the suit comes three years after then-special counsel Robert Mueller said his investigation had found that the Trump campaign was “receptive” to help from Russia during his 2016 campaign.
Trump has claimed that Mueller’s investigation, which was the continuation of an FBI probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russia during the 2016 race, was a witch hunt.
But in August 2020, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which at the time was led by Republicans, issued a bipartisan report that found, among other things, that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had regularly met and shared information including internal campaign polling data with a Russian intelligence officer.
Trump’s suit says that while the scheme was designed to “rig” the 2016 election, “When their gambit failed, and Donald J. Trump was elected, the Defendants’ efforts continued unabated, merely shifting their focus to undermining his presidential administration.”
The suit alleges violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, conspiracy, injurious falsehood, malicious prosecution, computer fraud and abuse, theft of trade secrets, and other claims.
In addition to Clinton and the DNC, the defendants include former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, law firm Perkins Coie, research firm Fusion GPS, former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence agent who authored the notorious “Trump-Russia dossier” opposition research report before the election.
“The lawsuit filed today outlines the Defendants’ nefarious plot to vilify Donald J. Trump by spreading lies to weave a false narrative that he was colluding with Russia,” Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, said in an emailed statement.
“For years, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts attempted to shield themselves from culpability by directing others to do their dirty work for them. This lawsuit seeks to hold all parties accountable for their heinous acts and uphold the principles of our sacred democracy,” Habba said.
The RICO lawsuit
The 2016 Mueller Report revealed a controversial side of the President. Special counsel Mueller was even accused of “witch-hunting”. However, the report does hold some gravity. If you’ve forgotten, let me remind you.
The Mueller report documented the findings and conclusions into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States Presidential election, allegations of conspiracy between Donal Trump and Russia, and obstruction of justice.
The new Lawsuit is filed in the federal court of Fort Pierce, Florida and accuses Clinton and her campaign aides like former FBI Director James Comey of racketeering conspiracy for falsely implicating Trump of conspiring with Russia during the 2016 elections.
Trump’s lawyer prepared a 108-page lawsuit stated that “In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy, acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty.”
Donald Trump has sought a jury trial and compensatory damages of $72 million for the loss sustained during the election campaign. Further, it also adds compensation for loss of existing and future business opportunities in terms of relief.
What is a RICO Lawsuit?
Donal Trump has filed this lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This act provides extended criminal penalties and a civil lawsuit against criminal organizations.
Those who are found guilty of racketeering will be fined up to $25,000 along with an imprisonment of 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition to this, the offender must forfeit all gains from such “racketeering activity”.
The lawsuit also contains defendants like former DNC chairman, John Podesta. He served as its chairman during the 2016 presidential campaign. Another defendant is Christopher Stelle, a former British Intelligence officer who submitted a dossier containing compromising information about Trump.
Who Is Peter Ticktin? Trump Lawyer Once Suspended From Practice in Florida
One of the attorneys behind Donald Trump's lawsuit against Hillary Clinton claiming her team attempted to rig the 2016 election in their favor was previously suspended from practicing law and wrote a fawning book about the former president.
Peter Ticktin, of the Florida-based Ticktin Law Group, is listed as the lead attorney in the case, which alleges that Clinton orchestrated an "unthinkable plot" to claim Trump colluded with Russia in order to tarnish his chances of winning the election.
The suit, filed in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accuses the Clinton campaign of "racketeering" and a "conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood" and is seeking $72 million in damages over what it claims was a "fraudulent scheme to discredit and delegitimize" Trump.
As reported by legal news website Law&Crime, Ticktin, a former classmate of Trump, was suspended from practicing law in 2009 after being found to have engaged in professional misconduct by the Florida Bar Association.
According to the Bar complaint, Ticktin was representing businessman Paul Johnson. In 2009, while knowing Johnson was facing criminal charges, the pair entered an agreement in which Ticktin replaced Johnson as CEO of one of his companies. Ticktin then continued to do legal work for both Johnson and the company.
Among the complaints against Tictkin was that after Johnson was arrested on suspicion of defrauding investors out of $20 million, he "actively worked against Johnson's ownership interests'" even while his client was in custody.
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