US Democratic Party Sues Russia, Trump Campaign

US Democratic Party Sues Russia, Trump Campaign

In a statement forwarded by Stone, Rob Buschel, Stone's lawyer, said he had not yet been served with the DNC suit and described it as a "regurgitation" of a complaint filed past year by Democrats alleging their privacy was invaded during the campaign.

The national Committee of the US Democratic party went to court with the claim against Russian Federation, the election team of Donald trump and Wikileaks.

It also involved WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, saying that they gave Trump team officials "advanced knowledge" they were publishing the information. In the document, the committee accuses Republicans and the Russians of "an act of previously unimaginable treachery".

The lawsuit, should it go forward, seems likely to help keep the spotlight on the issue of Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. Instead, it targets various Trump aides who, during the campaign, met with people believed to be affiliated with Russian Federation.

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Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump's 2020 re-election bid, called the DNC allegations a "sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional and almost insolvent Democratic Party". It also says said Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was part of the conspiracy as a senior adviser and key decision-maker in the campaign.

While the suit seeks compensation for the "damages and losses" suffered as a result of the hack, putting a financial value on the stolen emails - other than the $1 million the DNC said it cost the organization to re-secure its servers - might prove hard.

Hackers disseminated internal communications of party officials as the Democratic nominating convention began and WikiLeaks released thousands of emails, some of which were embarrassing for the Clinton campaign and were meant to stoke conflicts among the party's supporters.

Most of the accusations appeared to be based on news reports and publicly available legal documents and offered little new information about alleged collusion with Moscow.

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Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel called the lawsuit "a last-ditch effort by a bankrupt party still trying to cope with the fact that their candidate lost the 2016 election".

According to the lawsuit, Russia's cyberattack began just weeks after Mr Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015 and within months European intelligence agencies were reporting suspicious communication between Trump associates and Russian operatives.

It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by his comment or who he was referring to. "So, I see nothing here of substance in these allegations", professor Dan Kovalik of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law told Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear.

Senate investigators and prosecutors for special counsel Robert S Mueller III are still investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian government.

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