Democrats Sue Russia, Trump Campaign for Alleged 2016 Election Conspiracy

Democrats Sue Russia, Trump Campaign for Alleged 2016 Election Conspiracy

Democrats Sue Russia, Trump Campaign for Alleged 2016 Election Conspiracy

The suit names several Trump campaign aides who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former campaign deputy Rick Gates.

The lawsuit also targets WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

The president's campaign manager Brad Parscale called the lawsuit a sham "about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and almost insolvent Democratic Party".

Perez said the party had not worked on the lawsuit with Democratic leaders on the intelligence committees in the House and Senate, who are investigating contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation through legislative investigations.

Several US intelligence agencies said past year they suspected Russian Federation to be behind the leaks.

Trump himself tweeted that the DNC lawsuit could be "very good news", saying his campaign "will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI" as well as Clinton's emails.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, referring in a tweet this week to the "phony Russian Federation investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)".

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Lawyers for the defendants would "have to notice and move to dismiss" this part of the lawsuit, which would affect their overall argument, as DNC hacks are a substantial portion of their allegations.

"Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats", Trump wrote on Twitter. It notes a trip to Russia by Flynn, meetings Papadopoulos held that discussed "dirt" Russians allegedly had on Clinton, the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting organized on the promise that Russia could help Trump's campaign, private communications that Trump Jr. and Stone had with WikiLeaks, and Manafort's connections in Eastern Europe. But the civil action filed by the DNC's then-chairman, Lawrence O'Brien, was ultimately successful, yielding a $750,000 settlement from the Nixon campaign that was reached on the day in 1974 that Nixon left office.

He writes that he was asked by Mr Trump to drop an inquiry into links between his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

Despite support for the lawsuit from DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton's top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: "Triumph of hope over evidence Labor's "wasteful spending and mismanagement" at Workers" Comp MORE, it's already coming under fire from some Democratic lawmakers.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump campaign associates.

Perez firmly denied that the lawsuit had a political goal, but he appeared to allude at points to the possibility that civil litigation might bring to light damaging information about Trump and his associates. That investigation has led to the indictments of multiple former campaign officials, some of whom are named as defendants in the DNC suit.

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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