Trump, lawyer appeal $1mln sanction against them from 'frivolous' suit
This appeal follows days after the duo's attorney, Jared Roberts, told Middlebrooks that a bond amounting to $1,031,788 was ready by the duo to cover the sanctions.
After a federal judge ordered sanctions in the amount of $1 million against former US President Donald Trump and one of his attorneys, Alina Habba, for a "frivolous" lawsuit they filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A filing on the appeal stated, "Notice is hereby given that Alina Habba, Habba Madaio & Associates, and Donald J. Trump appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from the Sanctions Order of the Hon. Donald M. Middlebrooks entered on January 19, 2023, in the instant action."
This appeal follows days after the duo's attorney, Jared Roberts, told Middlebrooks that a bond amounting to $1,031,788 was ready by the duo to cover the sanctions while the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit discussed the issue.
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A 'political manifesto'
Middlebrooks said the lawsuit by Trump and Habba should have never been filed as it was frivolous factually as he described Trump as a "mastermind of strategic abuse of the judicial process" and a "prolific and sophisticated litigant" who uses courts to a ploy to seek revenge on political rivals.
Trump accused former FBI officials, Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee of conspiracy to create false information pertaining to the story of his cooperation with Russia to win the 2016 US election.
It was dismissed last year filed in Florida by Middlebrooks who also prohibited Trump from refiling it - Trump and Habba were then ordered to pay more than $937,000 in sanctions.
“He is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him,” Middlebrooks said in his ruling.
In response, Habba said at the time, "Not only is it rife with erroneous applications of the law, it disregards the numerous independent governmental investigations which substantiate our claim that the defendants conspired to falsely implicate our client and undermine the 2016 Presidential election."
24 hours after the judge issued the order against them, Trump dropped another pending lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James before the same judge, Middlebrooks, in connection to her ongoing $250 million fraud lawsuit against Trump and his company in Manhattan state court.