DNC Sues Russia, WikiLeaks, Trump Campaign for 'Attack on DNC & Our Democracy'

By Susan Jones | April 20, 2018 | 11:54am EDT
Tom Perez chairs the Democrat National Committee. (Photo: Screen grab/MSNBC)

(CNSNews.com) - With several Trump-Russia investigations still underway, the Democrat Party on Friday filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in New York, alleging that Russia, members of the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conducted a "brazen attack on our democracy, including the DNC hack and dissemination of stolen documents."

"This is not partisan, it’s patriotic," the DNC announced -- in all seriousness.

The Washington Post was the first to report on the lawsuit, titling its article: "DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks for conspiracy to disrupt 2016 campaign."

In a subsequent news release, DNC Chairman Tom Perez wrote:

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. This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.

No one is above the law and the perpetrators of this attack must be held accountable. They successfully hacked the Democratic Party in 2016 and they will be back. We must prevent future attacks on our democracy, and that’s exactly what we’re doing today. This is not partisan, it’s patriotic. If the occupant of the Oval Office won’t protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people.

President Donald Trump is not named in the civil suit, but his son Don Jr. is, along with Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, and Richard Gates.

The DNC said Russia "found a willing partner in the Trump campaign, which shared their goal of hurting the Democrats and electing Trump. Representatives of all three groups remained in contact with each other as the attack was being executed."

The DNC said the hack of DNC emails, and their dissemination via Wikileaks, was a "major component" of the Russian interference campaign. And Democrats say the Russian government "notified the Trump campaign in advance" that it had possession of stolen DNC emails "and other information about the Democratic Party" that it planned to use for the benefit of Trump.

"Rather than reporting Russia's offer to meddle in a U.S. election, the Trump campaign welcomed Russia's help," the DNC alleges.

The DNC said its lawsuit is "based on facts, admissions of defendants in multiple criminal proceedings, including their own words, records that have been released in legal filings, the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community and widely confirmed news reports."

The lawsuit comes one month after Republicans on the House intelligence committee ended the "interview phase" of the committee's Trump-Russia investigation after finding no evidence of "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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