Trump Seeks to Turn Durham Case Bust Into Clinton Lawsuit Boon

(Bloomberg) -- The acquittal last month of a former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney accused of lying to the FBI was a blow to Republicans who wanted to take the Russia probe a notch deeper. But it wasn't a total loss for Donald Trump.
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The former president Tuesday night amended his March lawsuit accusing Clinton of leading a grand conspiracy against him to add details drawn from testimony and evidence from the failed indictment of longtime Democratic attorney Michael Sussmann by Special Counsel John Durham in the in Washington last month.
Trump's revised lawsuit also adds US Representative Adam Schiff and former US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to a case that already has dozens of defendants who accuse them of colluding with Clinton to frame Trump while he was in prison office was.
Although Sussmann was acquitted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the case was heavily touted by right-wing commentators, who seized on statements they claimed showed Clinton and others were spreading a false narrative that Trump was working with Russia to harm his reputation and his government.
"Fundraising Tool"
Trump's new complaint "contains all the damning information uncovered during the course of the Sussmann trial," his attorney Alina Habba said in a statement.
Clinton's attorneys have moved to have the lawsuit dismissed, calling it a "fundraising tool" full of political grievances. Legal experts have also described it as a Trump-typical total attack.
If it survives, however, the case will move forward as Trump weighs a possible run for re-election in 2024 and potentially pits the 2016 rivals against each other in court.
In the Sussmann trial, it emerged that Clinton had personally authorized her campaign to inform journalists about an alleged communications link between servers in Trump Tower and a Russian bank. Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, testified at the hearing that they shared the information, although they were "not entirely convinced" of its accuracy. Sussmann went further and took the tip to the FBI, who eventually disproved the server theory.
Durham, who was hired by Trump to investigate the origins of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, accused Sussmann of lying when he told the FBI he would not be leaking the server tip on behalf of the campaign. The jury found the attorney not guilty.
Despite the loss to Durham, Trump claims the case supports his conspiracy theory.
Defendants "knew that plaintiff was not conspiring with Russia, or at least acted with reckless abandon to establish the truth as to whether plaintiff was conspiring with Russia," Trump alleges in the revised complaint. "Despite this knowledge, the defendants conspired to spread false information and spread a false narrative in order to ruin the plaintiff."
Schiff has been a vocal critic of Trump throughout the various Russia probes and is currently a member of the House's January 6 Committee. A spokesman for the California Democrat had no immediate comment. Rosenstein, now an attorney with King & Spalding, did not immediately respond with a request for comment.
The case is Trump v. Clinton, 22-cv-14102, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
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