Former President Donald Trump’s recently filed lawsuit against Hillary Clinton may end up serving in her favor by ultimately helping hide details of efforts to undermine Trump and his 2016 campaign.
Recently released court filings showed that attorneys for the private investigation firm Fusion GPS argued that details of confidential discussions about the since discredited Steele Dossier should remain secret.
The attorneys argued that Trump’s contentiousness, which was part of the decision to hire Fusion, enhances the desire to conceal specifics of Fusion’s work via attorney-client privilege
In a court filing connected to the criminal prosecution of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann and the campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias contends that Fusion played a role in his effort to guard the Clinton camp and the Democratic National Convention from Trump as they prepared to attack his business record and foreign entanglements, Politico reported.
Fusion’s research into Trump’s litigation history — which entailed more than 7,000 lawsuits before he served as president — could have helped protect Democrats from libel suits and similar court claims as they sought to denigrate Trump’s track record, the filing said.
“I generally recall candidate Trump had been involved in an exceptionally high number of lawsuits — ranging from slip-and-falls to complex bankruptcies and restructuring — more than I recall ever previously encountering on behalf of a client in the political arena,” Elias wrote in a declaration signed Monday.
“I also generally remember being aware that he had used the threat of defamation litigation for tactical advantage and had filed and threatened meritless claims of defamation in the past.”
Last month Trump sued Hillary Clinton and several other Democrats. Shortly after, the Federal Election Commission fined Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC for lying about the funding of the debunked dossier.