NEW YORK (CBSLA/AP) — The Democratic National Committee has sued President Donald Trump’s campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

The DNC filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court in Manhattan. It seeks unspecified damages and an order to prevent further interference with DNC computer systems.

The lawsuit says Trump and his associates had relationships with Russia that enabled creation of a Trump-Russia conspiracy. Defendants named in the lawsuit include Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chief Paul Manafort and campaign official Richard Gates, and former Trump advisor Roger Stone.

The DNC says Russia “mounted a brazen attack on American democracy” beginning with a cyberattack on its computers. It said the hack penetrated DNC computers and phone systems and extracted tens of thousands of documents and emails.

“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,’ DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

Former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers in Jan. 2017 the FBI requested access to the DNC’s hacked computer servers, but were denied.

Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Last month, the House Intelligence Committee, one of several congressional committees investigating Russian election meddling, said there was no collusion or coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

The newly-filed lawsuit is not the first legal action involving the DNC hacking and the 2016 election: last August, a federal judge in Florida threw out a class-action lawsuit brought against the DNC by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who alleged the emails revealed a plot to favor Hillary Clinton over Sanders.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (2)
  1. I recall after the 2008 election, or maybe it was before, a judge ruling against a complaint about the crooked DNC caucuses that favored Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by a 2 to 1 margin even though polls kept showing them neck and neck and Hillary Clinton actually winning in some of the democrat caucus contests. The judge ruled in that case that it’s up to the DNC to police itself. In this instance I could see a judge pointing out that both parties excluded independent candidates from their national debates so how can they now only focus on what the DNC whats the focus to be on?

    A Judge could also point out that the news media was also more to blame for the DNC losing the presidency in 2016 than even the RNC. The News media played clips on a daily basis of Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a criminal even though she had never been convicted or even charged with a crime. The News Media’s silence in not even reminding to their viewers after each Trump false accusation over the public airwaves against Hillary Clinton have not been proven in court, were probably what swung the election to Donald Trump and that is on the news media, not the RNC.

    And, in exchange for Barack Obama’s support Hillary Clinton was basically not able to say anything negative about Barack Obama in anyway, and that too caused Hillary Clinton to lose some of her Moderate base to Trump. Some of the 18 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democrat Primaries flipped over to Donald Trump specifically because Barack Obama’s banking policies and even drug intervention policies fell short and that greatly affected the Rust belt states and beyond.

  2. If the Obama Administration had offered the millions of homeowners who had taken out a HELOC between 2004 and 2006 and were now seeing their HELOC’s reset 10 years later, (meaning the payments were doubling and tripling), and simply offered a REHELOC option for another 10 years that would have kept their payments lower, Hillary Clinton would be president today.

    A ReHELOC would have not endangered the economy because Homeowners home equity had risen over that 10 year period of time.

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