Trump Tells Judge He Was Too Busy as President to Sue Clinton Sooner

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump's attorneys argued that the statute of limitations should not apply to the lawsuit he filed against political rival Hillary Clinton because the "immense and unrelenting demands" of the job prevented him from doing so sooner .
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The former president was simply too busy during his only term in office to uncover the details of the alleged conspiracy, which he claims took a tremendous amount of effort to falsely accuse him and his 2016 campaign of colluding with Russia and costing him with investigations, his attorneys wrote in a filing Thursday night in federal court in Florida.
Trump "was busy performing his vitally important duties as president and was therefore prevented from effectively asserting his rights," his attorneys said.
The lawsuit was filed in March under the civil version of an extortion law normally used against organized crime. But Clinton argues Trump missed the four-year statute of limitations because he knew all of the alleged conduct no later than Oct. 29, 2017, when he publicly accused several of the defendants of instigating a "witch hunt" in Russia.
U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, an appointee to former President Bill Clinton, is reviewing a joint motion to dismiss the case, including from Clinton, her 2016 campaign chair John Podesta, and former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They overturned the statute of limitations as one of the reasons the lawsuit should be dismissed.
The trial is scheduled to begin in May.
David Kendall, Clinton's attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
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The case is Trump v. Clinton, 22-cv-14102, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
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