DNC Files Lawsuit Against Russia, Wikileaks and Trump Campaign For Attack On Democracy

Today, the Democratic National Committee filed a complaint in federal court against Russia, Wikileaks, and the Trump campaign for their brazen attack on our democracy, including the DNC hack and dissemination of stolen documents.

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

The lawsuit specifically names the Russian Federation, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU), a GRU operative using a pseudonym “Guccifer 2.0,”  Aras and Emin Agalarov, Joseph Mifsud, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, and Richard Gates

Below are statements released by Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb and the Chair of the DNC Tom Perez.

“This was an assault on our democracy. We all know the Republicans use redistricting and voter-id to suppress the vote, I’m not sure any of us imagined they would welcome the help of a foreign adversary like Russia. Chair Perez and Deputy Chair Ellison are showing the strong Democratic backbone of standing up for the people.” Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

“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” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

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