The Macomb Daily

Trump offers $1 million bond to appeal Clinton suit sanctions

Judge chides ex-prez’s litigation as political

- By Erik Larson

Former President Donald Trump is getting ready to write a check to a Florida court for more than $1 million — but he’s hoping to get the money back.

Trump and one of his lawyers, Alina Habba, offered to post a $1.03 million bond to appeal a judge’s order sanctionin­g them $937,989 for filing a “frivolous” conspiracy suit against Hillary Clinton and others.

Trump and Habba made the offer Friday in a letter to U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebroo­ks in Florida, asking him to put his sanctions order on hold while they appealed. Middlebroo­ks last month ordered Trump and Habba to jointly pay fees and costs racked up by Clinton and others while defending claims that she led a vast conspiracy against the former president.

“Its inadequacy as a legal claim was evident from the start,” the judge said of the Trump’s suit in his sanctions order. “No reasonable lawyer would have filed it. Intended for a political purpose, none of the counts of the amended complaint stated a cognizable legal claim.”

The unpreceden­ted sanctions against a former president, who has announced he is running again in 2024, were issued on behalf of 18 defendants who submitted a joint motion accusing Trump of knowingly filing a suit with bogus and unbelievab­le claims to dishonestl­y advance a political narrative.

Trump and Habba said Friday their proposed bond represents 110% of the total sanctions and isn’t opposed by Clinton, according to the filing by Jared J. Roberts, who is handling the appeal.

David E. Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer at Williams & Connolly LLP, declined to comment.

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