Democratic Party files lawsuit against Trump campaign, Wikileaks

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany

It filed suit against then-President Richard Nixon's reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.

In that case, the Nixon campaign ultimately had to settle for $750,000, paid on the day Nixon resigned from the presidency.

The suit seeks monetary damages and an admission of wrongdoing from Trump aides.

Wikileaks published tons of emails from the DNC in the summer of 2016 right before the convention.

The U.S. has blamed the hacking of the DNC's private servers on Russian intelligence officers operating within the GRU.

The suit goes so far as to say Trump associates conspired with Russian agents "to promote ..."

The common goal of the scheme, according to the Democratic National Committee, was to "bolster Trump and denigrate the Democratic Party nominee", Hillary Clinton, while boosting the candidate of Trump, "whose policies would benefit the Kremlin". Manafort and Gates were charged by Special Counsel Mueller with money laundering, fraud, and tax evasion earlier this year, but not with any kind of collusion with Russian Federation. Mr. Manafort has pleaded not guilty; Mr. Gates struck a plea deal in late February.

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone is also named.

In addition, former FBI Director James Comey's new book - which was highly anticipated in light of allegations of obstruction of justice - has not yielded the smoking gun Trump critics had hoped for.

The Democratic move comes at a time of legal turmoil for the president, marked by a raid on the offices of his personal lawyer, and the release of a book by James Comey which alleges Trump was obsessed with the Russian Federation meddling probe when he sacked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

The Democratic Party claimed the actions were taken specifically to hurt former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, and that they amounted to an illegal conspiracy to maim the party and sway the election against the Democrats.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll represent the DNC in the matter. The hackers began siphoning documents and information from DNC systems on April 22.

The list of defendants in the suit includes Papadopoulos and Mifsud, as well as Aras and Emin Agalorov, the wealthy Russian father and son who hosted the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013. As owner of the pageant, Trump attended.

Beginning in mid-2016, WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails from inside the DNC that showed, among other things, how DNC staffers had favored Hillary Clinton during her primary campaign against Bernie Sanders - prompting Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to resign as the committee head.

"This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wendy Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails", Trump, a Republican, wrote.

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