Is the Trump-Russia conspiracy lawsuit filed by the DNC political grandstanding?
Apr 22 2018
The U.S. Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, President Donald Trump's election campaign, and the WikiLeaks organization, accusing them of conspiring to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign and tilt the election to Trump.
The DNC "may very well want to divert attention from a special counsel criminal investigation, which they perceive as having dragged out so long that the public has lost interest in it, which doesn't appear to have too much meat on the bones", Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for FOX News, told Neil Cavuto.
"This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and almost insolvent Democratic Party", said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.
If the lawsuit proceeds, the president and his campaign aides could be forced to disclose documents and submit to depositions that require them to answer questions under oath.
"Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats", Trump wrote on Twitter.
Mr Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos - both listed in Friday's lawsuit - face charges included money laundering, conspiracy and making false statements to the FBI as part of Mr Mueller's investigation.
Typically, foreign governments are immune from legal action in the USA, but the DNC alleges the hacking was a trespass of their private property, which they contend removes Russia's immunity.
The suit does not name Trump as a defendant.
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.
Instead it knits numerous threads that have emerged in public over the past two years to create a picture of an alleged conspiracy between the Trump campaign, the Kremlin and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Trump has also praised the lawsuit for giving his campaign the ability to ask Democrats for damaging information relative to alleged misconduct from the Hillary Clinton campaign during the discovery phase.
In addition to millions of dollars in damages related to the hack and other claims, the DNC is asking for an injunction that would stop any of the defendants from using material gained through the hack, and for a statement from the defendants admitting to the alleged conspiracy. In 1972, the DNC filed suit against then-President Richard Nixon's re-election committee seeking damages for the break-in at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.