Russian Federation 'collusion': Democrats file lawsuit

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A DNC official acknowledged Friday that the lawsuit alleges no new evidence of cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russians.

The DNC on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging that they conspired to win the 2016 presidential election, and requesting millions in damages.

The Democrats accuse Trump and his associates of trading on pre-existing relationships with Russian oligarchs tied to President Vladimir Putin and of collaborating with Russia as it worked to undermine Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump fired back at "Obstructionist Democrats" over their alleged conspiracy lawsuit declaring it could actually be "good news" for the GOP.

The case allows the plaintiffs to force President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign aides to answer questions under oath, according to Napolitano.

The suit claims Russian Federation found in the Trump campaign a "willing and active partner" in its attempt to destabilise USA democracy, with Trump's policies benefitting the Kremlin.

But Jennings said that the DNC's lawyers failing to properly define their computers means that claim might be vulnerable to a motion to dismiss from defence lawyers "before any fact discovery" occurs in the discovery phase.

Several Trump associates, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been indicted because of the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

In a statement forwarded by Stone, Rob Buschel, Stone's lawyer, said he had not yet been served with the DNC suit and described it as a "regurgitation" of a complaint filed past year by Democrats alleging their privacy was invaded during the campaign. That litigation is still in progress.

Trump himself is not named as a defendant.

The suit claims it was perpetrated by President Donald Trump's campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks and involved stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents.

"The Democratic National Committee was the first major target of the Russian attack on our democracy, and I strongly believe that every individual who helped carry it out - foreign or domestic - should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law", she said.

The lawsuit demands monetary damages and a declaration that the defendants conspired to alter the course of the election.

Trump appeared to refer to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the DNC during the election when its servers were hacked, and a Pakistan-born information technology worker found by the House of Representatives inspector general to have inappropriately accessed congressional data. But the civil action brought by the DNC's then-chairman, Lawrence O'Brien, was successful, yielding a $750,000 settlement from the Nixon campaign that was reached on the day in 1974 that Nixon left office.

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