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Democratic Party Suing Russia, Trump Campaign, Wikileaks

Democratic Party Suing Russia, Trump Campaign, Wikileaks

The DNC said the evidence has been piling up and Russian Federation has yet to pay much of a price for its election meddling.

"We're seeking justice and we're seeking deterrence", DNC Chairman Tom Perez said.

"This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and almost insolvent Democratic Party", he said.

Trump representatives have called the lawsuit baseless, and accused Democrats of electoral misconduct.

The suit filed Friday seeks millions of dollars in compensation to offset damage it claims the party suffered from the hacks.

The DNC has retained the law firm Cohen-Milstein, which has been involved in settlements for large data breaches in the past, including one against health insurer Anthem, which affected 80 million people.

It also involved WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, saying that they gave Trump team officials "advanced knowledge" they were publishing the information. Certain claims in the lawsuit, he said, face statutory expiration dates.

Speier doubted that possibility and said, "I don't think that the DNC has been able to do anything more than speculate based on the statements and their complaint". "And I'm not very supportive of it".

Just before the Democratic National Convention in 2016, thousands of embarrassing emails were released that showed a preference for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

"There is a great deal the American public wants to know about the corruption of the Democrats", Parscale said. That investigation has led to the indictments of multiple former campaign officials, some of whom are named as defendants in the DNC suit. "Each defendant knowingly aided, abetted, encouraged, induced, instigated, contributed and assisted" the hack and subsequent publication of the emails, the complaint alleges. That litigation is still in progress. Manafort has been indicted by the special counsel, while Gates and Papadopoulos have both pleaded guilty to different charges.

Awan's father Haji Ashraf Awan was giving data to Pakistan, alleged the father's ex-business partner, adding that Imran bragged he had the power to "change the US president", the NY based Epoch Times reports.

Included in the allegations is a belief that all three were behind the hacking of the email accounts of prominent Democrats during the race.

Requests for comment from the Russian Embassy in Washington were not immediately returned.

The lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal.


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