The Democratic Party is suing Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks in a lawsuit that claims the defendants worked together to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to court documents filed Friday.
What did the Democrats say?
"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," the federal lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit also alleges:
- Top Trump campaign officials worked with the Russian government and its military spy agency to thwart Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
- Democratic Party computers were hacked to also give Trump an advantage in the election.
- Trump’s campaign was a “racketeering enterprise” that “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help” in the 2016 election.
NPR called the lawsuit “red meat for rank-and-file Democrats.”
“The suit treats as unified fact what Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is attempting to establish — but as yet has not in such a unified way — through his investigation,” NPR reported.
Was any new information revealed?
The accusations are primarily based on news reports and publicly available legal documents, offering little new information, Reuters reported.
Reuters suggested the lawsuit may be a strategy to force the defendants to produce any documents relating to the collusion accusations; however, the ongoing investigation means it is unlikely the lawsuit will gain any traction. The report also cited the legal difficulties associated with suing a foreign government.
Both Trump and Russia have repeatedly denied working together and meddling in the election process. Mueller is continuing to investigate the alleged Trump/Russia connection.
Last year, four U.S. intelligence agencies reported that Russia was behind hacking the Democratic Party in an effort to give Trump an advantage.
Also, the Democratic National Committee blamed Russia for breaching its computer systems in 2015 and 2016. Hackers began distributing internal communications by party officials just as the Democratic nominating convention began. WikiLeaks also released emails that were embarrassing for the Clinton campaign.
Donald Trump Jr., Trump associate Roger Stone, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are named as defendants.
Given the ongoing investigation into the alleged Trump-Russia connection, the lawsuit is unlikely to produce any results, according to NPR.