Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging conspiracy

DNC Chairman Tom Perez speaks at a protest against Trump’s new Muslim travel ban in Lafayette Square outside the White House Monday

This constitutes an unprecedented act of treason: The campaign of a US presidential candidate joined a hostile foreign power to improve ir chances of victory, "said a statement by President of Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez".

The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, specifically charges that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russian intelligence agencies to steal and distribute emails.

Both men have been indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and Moscow has denied meddling in the election.

The president has repeatedly rejected any collusion or improper activity by his campaign.

The lawsuit, should it go forward, would likely keep the spotlight on the issue of Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

President Trump is not a party to the complaint, which also takes aim at Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate and Guccifer 2.0, identified here as the hacker who penetrated the DNC's computers and passed off its contents to WikiLeaks.

Interestingly, the DNC lawsuit follows a similar tactic used by Democrats during the Nixon administration. As the Post noted, the DNC sued former President Richard Nixon's campaign in 1972 over the break-in that kicked off the Watergate scandal.


Along with damages it requests an order restraining the defendants from hacking the DNC or "selling, publishing, distributing, or using any property or information obtained". Moscow has denied meddling in the US election.

In a series of meetings and communications, Russian officials or representatives coordinated with Trump campaign personnel or associates for more than a year as they sought to lay the groundwork for a Trump upset, the Democrats allege.

The common objective of the scheme, according to the Democratic National Committee, was to "bolster Trump and denigrate the Democratic Party nominee", Hillary Clinton, while boosting the candidate of Trump, "whose policies would benefit the Kremlin".

The press released also insists the lawsuit is factually based, and was mounted on the basis of admissions made by defendants in multiple criminal proceedings.

The DNC did not name Trump, put aimed it at associates like Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Manafort's deputy Rick Gates.

Manafort and Gates have been charged in Mueller's investigation with money-laundering, fraud and tax evasion.

Papadopoulos and Flynn both pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and have been cooperating with the special counsel.

It also charges Trump with "espousing pro-Russian and pro-Putin views". "If the occupant of the Oval Office won't protect our democracy, Democrats will". According to them, the hacker attacks have reduced the ability of Democrats to communicate with voters, raise donations and to operate efficiently, the newspaper said.

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