DNC opens new legal assault on Trump, alleging collusion
Sheetal Sukhija - Saturday 21st April, 2018
The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York
Democrats are alleging that DNC was a victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks
The lawsuit assembles publicly known facts of the probe into Russia’s election meddling
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a 66-page lawsuit filed in a federal court in New York on Friday, the Democratic National Committee has alleged that U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
The lawsuit, which opens up a new legal assault on Trump, contains allegations that the Democratic National Committee was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.
Further, reports quoting from the lawsuit claimed that it assembles the publicly known facts of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling to accuse Trump’s associates of illegally working with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the outcome of the election.
The DNC lawsuit, which was first reported by The Washington Post, states, “The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.”
Further, the Democrats have accused Trump’s campaign of being “a racketeering enterprise” that worked with the Russians and WikiLeaks in a conspiracy that included hacking email servers at the DNC and leaking damaging information to the public.
The report pointed out that the lawsuit demands monetary damages and a declaration that the defendants conspired to alter the course of the election.
According to experts, the president’s adversaries are seeking to create new opportunities for legal jeopardy for Trump and his associates by filing a lawsuit.
Further, reports have noted that if the lawsuit proceeds, the president and his campaign aides could be forced to submit to depositions that require them to answer questions under oath.
However, since the lawsuit is on a matter that is already being investigated by the special counsel Robert Mueller, and the ongoing inquiry by the Senate Intelligence Committee, there are chances of a clash.
On Friday morning, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic Party issued a statement stating that the lawsuit is intended to hold Trump and his campaign accountable for their actions.
He said in the statement, “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign. If the occupant of the Oval Office won’t protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people.”
According to reports, the complaint is largely based on public information, including details that have been disclosed in news reports and subsequent court proceedings.
The lawsuit states, “Rather than report these repeated messages that Russia intended to interfere with U.S. elections, the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia’s help. Indeed, the Trump campaign solicited Russia’s illegal assistance, and maintained secret communications with individuals tied to the Russian government, including one of the intelligence agencies responsible for attacking the DNC.”
The defendants in the lawsuit include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Donald Trump for President Inc., the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, a campaign aide George Papadopoulos, and an associate of Manafort’s and the deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates.
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