In a motion filed on Friday in a Manhattan federal court, the Democratic National Committee laid plans to sue the country of Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as well as numerous colleagues of President Donald Trump and his campaign. Individuals named in the lawsuit include former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, past campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and Trump’s personal friend and confidant Roger Stone. The common thread of these defendants is that they all allegedly attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that has since become the subject of much scrutiny. The 66-page lawsuit alleges a variety of fraudulent claims including hacking, misleading conspiracy, and grand racketeering through WikiLeaks’ publication of emails. The suit alleges that the publication harmed the Democrats and their chances during the 2016 presidential campaign won by Trump. The claim explicitly states how the Trump family used their connection with Russia through the family business dealings to work in their favor to get Trump elected.
By detailing each specific instance of communication between Trump and his colleagues with Russia, the Democratic Party asserts that the conspiracy decreased donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and stifled the relationship with potential supporters and voters. Perhaps most significant, the suit details the negative repercussions of the WikiLeaks publication of thousands of hacked Democratic National Committee emails just days before their convention, throwing the party into chaos and disrupting the event. The emails also portrayed Senator Bernie Sanders in a negative light, intensifying the in-fighting between Sanders and Clinton and their supporters during a time in which the party should have been banding together to defeat the Republicans.
Trump and his advisers have repeatedly denied any claims of wrongdoing or collusion, denouncing all allegations as a “witch hunt”.