The civil complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan Friday, could force the Trump campaign and Wikileaks to reveal internal communications about the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016.
The lawsuit seeks damages in millions of dollars, similar to what the Democratic Party pursued in 1972 after the Nixon watergate scandal.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a statement. “This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.”
The DNC was forced to replace Internet technology equipment, hire consultants, and claims the hack also cost them the 2016 presidential election.
“They successfully hacked the Democratic Party in 2016 and they will be back. We must prevent future attacks on our democracy, and that’s exactly what we’re doing today,” said Perez, a former top official in the Obama Justice Department. “This is not partisan, it’s patriotic. If the occupant of the Oval Office won’t protect our democracy, Democrats will.”