Donald Trump has sued Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and other people and entities connected to the investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016, alleging that they orchestrated a conspiracy that made Watergate “pale in comparison” in order to rig the election.

In 2016, Trump defeated Clinton. Despite this, he accuses her of “racketeering” and a “conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood,” among other things, six years later.

The 108-page lawsuit comes after suits filed by Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the 2020 election, alleging that Joe Biden’s victory was the result of voter fraud. Only one of 62 such suits was successful. Ex-FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, as well as former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the infamous dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia, Jake Sullivan, now Joe Biden’s national security adviser, and John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, are named as defendants in the new lawsuit.

The suit was filed in US district court in the southern district of Florida by Florida lawyers and the Alina Habba law firm in New Jersey, which has represented Trump in a series of failed lawsuits seeking to halt investigations into the deadly Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, which Trump fueled with lies about electoral fraud.

Russia denies meddling in the 2016 US election in order to help Trump win. The intelligence community in the United States agrees that it did so. The special counsel who investigated the matter, Robert Mueller, found no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, but he did list ten instances in which the then-president attempted to obstruct justice.

Mueller, who made it clear that he was not exonerating Trump, revealed several ties between Trump associates and Russia.

A Senate intelligence committee report released in August 2020 detailed extensive links between Trump’s campaign manager for part of the 2016 election, Paul Manafort, and Russian intelligence.

Manafort was convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison. He was pardoned by Trump.

In the run-up to the 2016 election, “Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy,” according to Trump’s new lawsuit.

“The defendants conspired maliciously to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty by acting in concert.”

In a plot “so outrageous, subversive, and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison,” the suit claims, the conspirators “falsified evidence, deceived law enforcement, and exploited access to highly-sensitive data sources.”

It claims that Clinton and her co-defendants “nefariously sought to sway the public’s trust” and “worked together for a single, self-serving goal: to vilify Donald J Trump.”

“The defendants’ deception, malice, and treachery have caused significant harm to the American people, as well as to the plaintiff, Donald J Trump, and they must be held accountable for their heinous acts,” the lawsuit claims. “Punitive damages, costs, and such further and other relief as this court may deem just and proper,” according to the complaint.

It claims Trump has suffered “significant injuries and damages,” including “defense costs, legal fees, and related expenses incurred… in an amount no less than $24 million and continuing to accrue, as well as the loss of existing and future business opportunities.”

Trump’s grip on the party and fixation on Clinton, 2016, and alleged electoral fraud, according to reports, could cost the GOP dearly in elections this year and in 2024.

Trump has all but declared that he will run for President again, despite being in legal trouble over his business dealings and attempted political subversion. Speaking to reporters in Brussels on Thursday, Biden said of the 2024 presidential election: “I’d be very fortunate if I had that same man running against me.”