DNC files lawsuit alleging Trump campaign, Russian Federation conspired to influence 2016 election

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The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that claims they conspired to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election. It seeks millions of dollars to cover damages caused by the cyberattack, as well as a public acknowledgment that each of the parties involved participated in the attack and conspired together to harm to Clinton campaign.

The lawsuit says that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, shared the "goal of damaging the Democratic party in advance of the election" and released the stolen information, winning praise from then-candidate Trump.

"The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency", the lawsuit argues.

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The far-reaching suit also names Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov as defendants, among others.

"Rather than report these repeated messages and communications that Russian Federation meant to interfere in the US election, the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia's help", the party argues.

The complaint claims that in 2015 and 2016, Russian intelligence services "hacked into the DNC's computers, penetrated its phone systems and exfiltrated tens of thousands of documents and emails".

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Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders has conceded there may have been Russian meddling in the election, but denies the president had any knowledge of or involvement in it.

Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate whether there is any potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign. The Russian government has also denied that it attempted to meddle in the election.

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