Trump claims he ‘won’ lawsuit over Russian collusion that was thrown out by judge

President Trump on Friday claimed that he had “won” a lawsuit claiming collusion between his campaign and Russia, a suit that a judge threw out earlier this week.

In a tweet, the president claimed that the lawsuit was filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), despite no official support for the suit from the DNC, and asserted that he had “won” the lawsuit when in reality a judge dismissed the case on grounds of improper jurisdiction.


“Just won lawsuit filed by the DNC and a bunch of Democrat crazies trying to claim the Trump Campaign (and others), colluded with Russia. They haven’t figured out that this was an excuse for them losing the election!” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

Despite the president’s assertion, a judge who ruled on the case Tuesday evening declared that the plaintiffs had not successfully tied the Trump campaign to Washington, D.C., where the district court was located.

Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle wrote in her opinion that she had not ruled based on the merits of the case, which alleged that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked emails from DNC servers. Instead, the judge dismissed the case on the grounds that none of the communication was alleged to have taken place in D.C.

“It bears emphasizing that this Court’s ruling is not based on a finding that there was no collusion between defendants and Russia during the 2016 presidential election,” wrote Segal Huvelle, an appointee of former President Clinton. “This is the wrong forum for plaintiffs’ lawsuit. The Court takes no position on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims.”

The lawsuit was filed last year by two DNC donors, Roy Cockrum and Eric Schoenberg, and a former DNC employee, Scott Comer, along with the watchdog group Protect Democracy. The plaintiffs indicated after Tuesday’s ruling that they would refile the case elsewhere.

“We will consider our options and will continue to fight to ensure that our clients get the justice they deserve and that the Trump Campaign and its associates will be held accountable for their actions,” said Project Democracy Director Ian Bassin.

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