On Friday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against President Donald Trump, the government of Russia and the organization Wikileaks, saying that the three colluded to help Trump win the presidency back in 2016.
The documents filed in court state that the Trump campaign happily accepted the aid of the Russian government to help him win the election. Previously, President Trump has more than once denied allegations of any collusion with the Russian government during the campaign, and so has the Russian government. Though several investigations into the matter are ongoing, and a number of U.S. intelligence agencies have stated that the Russian government did help Trump during the presidential campaign.
Many political insiders in Washington see the lawsuit as nothing more than a political stunt, especially as it is unlikely to uncover anything that would not be uncovered by current investigations. But these same insiders believe that the lawsuit could keep the story in the public consciousness.
Friday’s lawsuit specifically names a number of President Trump’s aides and former aides. This includes former strategist Roger Stone, and the president’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner. Also named was Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Julian Assange, who helped found Wikileaks.
Tom Perez, who is the head of the DNC, said in a statement that the alleged hacking that took place during the 2016 presidential campaign was not only an attack on democracy but also “an act of unprecedented treachery.”
While foreign governments are typically immune from legal action in the United States, Democrats contend that this should not apply in this case, as they insist that the Russians “trespassed” on private computer servers.
In the spring of 2016, reports came out that the DNC had been victims of computer hacking. In the following months, intelligence agencies in the US attributed the hacking to people in Russia. Then, in the summer — just prior to the Democratic Convention — Wikileaks published 20,000 emails allegedly obtained through the breach.