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Exclusive: Trump calls for recusal of Clinton-appointed judge reviewing his lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, DNC
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Exclusive: Trump calls for recusal of Clinton-appointed judge reviewing his lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, DNC

In an exclusive interview with BlazeTV host Glenn Beck, former President Donald Trump discussed his lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and others who he says colluded to defeat his 2016 presidential campaign and sabotage his presidency.

Trump's attorneys filed the lawsuit this week, naming nearly 50 defendants and charging them with a smattering of accusations including, but not limited to, a RICO conspiracy, injurious falsehood, conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood, malicious prosecution, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, and theft of trade secrets.

"It was totally corrupt what they did," Trump told Beck, repeating his accusation that the Obama administration "spied on my campaign" in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

In the 108-page complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida, Trump's attorneys argue that Clinton, her campaign, former FBI Director James Comey, the DNC, and many others "orchestrated an unthinkable plot—one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation's democracy." Trump's lawsuit alleges that these actors hatched a plot to falsify records and manipulate data in an attempt to "cripple Trump's bid for presidency" during the 2016 election.

Trump indicated that his lawyers have "been building this up for a long time" and that more names could be added to the lawsuit as special counsel John Durham completes his probe into the FBI's handling of the Russia investigation.

The lawsuit will be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton. In 2015, Middlebrooks threw out a civil racketeering suit filed against Hillary Clinton that claimed she had used her private email server and position as secretary of state to promise changes in U.S. foreign policy in exchange for speaking fees and donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Trump accused this judge of having a "conflict of interest" and said he should recuse himself from the lawsuit.

"We have a judge that was appointed by Bill Clinton. And who knows Hillary Clinton very well. And we're suing Hillary Clinton," he said.

"Now, the problem we have, though, is if you have a judge that's going to throw out the case, and you have to go through appeals. Yep, I think you have a great appeals section. But we'll see. So we'll probably ask for a recusal. Maybe a change of venue. But not a change as much as a recusal," he added later.

The former president is seeking at least $72 million in damages to recoup legal fees and lost business earnings his legal team says he suffered from the allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Some legal experts and analysts have dismissed Trump's lawsuit, saying it is deeply flawed and predicting that it will be tossed out of court and possibly result in sanctions against Trump and his legal team; however, Trump's attorney, Alina Habba, has defended the lawsuit in written statements to the media.

“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,” she said.

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