Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over 2016 email hack
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 22, 2018,
Apr 22, 2018, 1:26
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a almost year-long cybersecurity strengthening effort which was the initial internal DNC response to the hack - for fortifying their systems and processes.
Despite the DNC claim that their emails were hacked by the Russians, they never turned over their server to the FBI for investigation.
In addition to Russian Federation, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) also joined Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Rojer Stone, Wikipedia, Julian Assange, Jared Kushner, Guccifer 2.0, and others as defendants alleging violations of a wide array of federal laws, including the CFAA, RICO the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, the DMCA, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act, as well as common law trespass and trespass to chattels.
Several Trump associates, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been indicted because of the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Typically, foreign governments are immune from legal action in the U.S., but the DNC alleges the hacking was a trespass of their private property, which they contend removes Russia's immunity.More news: Kevin Durant's Contract Plans For Offseason Are Revealed
WikiLeaks got all of this underway late on Friday, and there has been no response from the DNC so far. He appeared to be referring to former DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and reports of an information technology specialist who once worked for some House Democrats.
The Democrats allege that in a series of meetings and communications, Russian officials or representatives coordinated with Trump campaign personnel or associates for more than a year as they sought to lay the groundwork for a Trump upset. WikiLeaks then blasted out numerous documents on July 22, 2016, shortly before Clinton was to be nominated - upsetting the Democrats' national convention. "Specifically, the DNC is in the business of supporting Democratic political campaigns".
Jennings said the CFAA is a "core part" of his practice as a lawyer and this omission "jumped out" at him. Mueller's office has indicated they're interested in Manafort's links to Russians while he served on the campaign, though Manafort has not been charged for his actions in 2016. Mueller has also charged 13 Russians for using fraudulent accounts on social media to influence the election.
Papadopoulos' fiancée has done several interviews, including with CNN, since his plea. The liberal press has also vouched for Mr. Steele. The dossier - a collection of memos - was written by an ex-British spy whose work was funded by Clinton and the DNC.
Many important records may have already been obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose Russian Federation investigation not officially related to the lawsuit.