This Bob Lang TOON is a throwback, but here we are with Wikileaks in the news again, squarely in the litigious crosshairs of the Democrat Party.
The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization, alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and skew the election to Donald Trump’s favor.
The complaint alleges that senior Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military intelligence agency to hurt Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material collected there.
“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. “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,” he continued .
The suit also asserts that the Russian hacking campaign — combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the Trump’s Twitter and debate support of the hacks — amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election and caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.
In a statement, Trump’s recently hired campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said the Democrats’ lawsuit was without merit and likely to be dismissed.
“This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party,” he said. “With the Democrats’ conspiracy theories against the President’s campaign evaporating as quickly as the failing DNC’s fundraising, they’ve sunk to a new low to raise money, especially among small donors who have abandoned them.”
The lawsuit would give the Democrats a chance to seek internal documents and testimony from the Trump campaign to help them learn more about interactions with Russia during the race, but Parscale noted that the Trump campaign would also be allowed to conduct discovery and promised that the campaign would use the process to delve into management decisions at the DNC, as well as the party’s involvement with commissioning the now infamous Trump dossier. Much like Jim Comey’s book tour, this lawsuit could end up backfiring in the plaintiff’s face.
Because foreign nations have immunity from most U.S. lawsuits, suing Russia may present legal challenges for the Democrats. The lawsuit argues that Russia is not entitled to sovereign immunity in this case because “the DNC claims arise out of Russia’s trespass on to the DNC’s private servers … in order to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage.”
What say you SOFREP? Has the DNC gone a bridge too far or does this lawsuit stand a chance? Sound off in the comments.