DNC sues Russians, Trump, Wikileaks over 2016 Presidential loss

DNC sues Russians, Trump, Wikileaks over 2016 Presidential loss

The new suit claims that Trump campaign officials worked in tandem with the Russian government and its military spy agency to bring down Hillary Clinton by hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee and spreading stolen material.

In the months ahead of the election, WikiLeaks released almost 20,000 internal DNC emails, many of them related to Hillary Clinton.

If the lawsuit proceeds, the president and his campaign aides could be forced to disclose documents and submit to depositions that require them to answer questions under oath. According to NBC News, "The DNC is seeking recompense for what it says was millions of dollars in damages from Russia's hacking of its internal emails, which were then published by WikiLeaks, with the encouragement of then-candidate Trump and his campaign".

Mueller also has indicted 13 Russian individuals working for the Internet Research Agency accused of running an elaborate scheme to meddle in the US elections.

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In response, Trump's campaign said later on Friday that the lawsuit was "completely without merit and will be dismissed in due time".

The lawsuit accuses President Donald Trump's associates of illegally working with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the outcome of the 2016 election.

"Rather than report these repeated messages and communications that Russian Federation meant to interfere in the USA election, the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia's help", the Democratic party argues in the suit.

Foreign governments typically have immunity from US lawsuits, according to Fox News.

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Calling it an "all-out assault on our democracy", the Democratic National Committee filed the civil suit in federal district court in Manhattan. The hack and subsequent release of the emails hit the party just before it formally nominated Clinton, and the emails remained a major issue through Election Day.

Trump appeared to refer to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the DNC during the election when its servers were hacked, and a Pakistan-born information technology worker found by the House of Representatives inspector general to have inappropriately accessed congressional data. The emails ripped open fresh wounds and formed a rallying cry for Sanders supporters hoping for a last-minute chance to deny the Clinton the nomination in Philadelphia.

Since Russia is not part of the United States, it may be challenging for Democrats to sue their government.

The Washington Post first reported the lawsuit.

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