DemDaily: The Defendants
April 20, 2018
The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit today against Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging they conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign.
The multi-million dollar complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhatten, New York, states that "Russia mounted a brazen attack on American Democracy" ... and found a "willing and active partner" in the Trump Campaign.
The suit does not reveal new allegations, but uses the publicly-known facts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation into Russia's election meddling as the basis for its civil suit.
No immediate action is expected to be taken as the criminal prosecution, still underway in the form of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, takes precedent.
In the interim, it keeps the issues front and center, as a reminder between now and November!Conspiracy Highlights
June, 2015: Trump announces his candidacy for President, Russia begins its attack on the DNC computer systems.
Mid 2015: European allies warn US intelligence agencies of communications between Russians and Trump associates.
Late 2015: While a presidential candidate, Trump signs Letter of Intent to build Trump Tower Moscow.
February-March, 2016: Trump Campaign, staff and advisors established further ties to Russia and Russian intelligence agents.
- Russia steals massive trove of documents from the DNC, Trump associate brags about theft.
- DNC discovers the hack and hires CrowdStrike.
- Forensic evidence confirms Russia's attack on DNC's network.
- Russians offer to assist Trump, Trump associates accept offer.
- Following Trump Tower meeting, Russia launches a massive public dissemination of stolen DNC docs.
-- Trump Campaign blocks anti-Russian language from GOP Platform at Republican Convention.
-- After Trump Campaign blocks language, WikiLeaks begins disseminating stolen DNC docs.
August, 2016: Trump associates secretly communicate with Russian agents and WikiLeaks as they strategically release stolen DNC docs.
Fall, 2016: Trump publicly praises the illegal dissemination of DNC docs.
November 8, 2017: "Trump - and Russia - win."
Those named in the DNC lawsuit: The Russian Federation, and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU), a GRU operative using a pseudonym "Guccifer 2.0," London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, and Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and his son, and Emin.
Also named were WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and campaign advisors Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos and Richard Gates.
The suit comes the day after the Department of Justice's (DOJ) release, after pressure from Congress, of seven memos written by former FBI Director James Comey that detail his interactions with President Trump. More to come ...
"This is patriotic, not partisan. If the occupant of the Oval Office refuses to protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people."
-- DNC Chairman Tom Perez
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