The Democrats have filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Russia perpetrated a brazen attack on American democracy during the 2016 election, and found a willing partner in the Trump campaign.
The lawsuit says a major part of Russia's attack on American democracy was the cyber attack on the DNC and theft of the DNC's proprietary information. This stolen information was then released to the public by Russian agents and WikiLeaks to damage the Democratic Party and influence the 2016 election.
They're taking this action because no one is above the law, to pursue every avenue of justice against those who engaged in this illegal activity against the DNC and our democracy.
They claim this is a patriotic and not a partisan move. As Sen. John McCain said, "When you attack a country, it's an act of war. And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kinds of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy."
They believe that Russia found a willing partner in the Trump campaign, who shared their goal of damaging the Democratic Party and helping elect Donald Trump. The Trump campaign had repeated secretive communications with Russian agents and WikiLeaks. Russian agents told Trump advisors that the Kremlin wanted to help Trump and had stolen emails and other material that could damage Trump's opponent. And Trump's closest political advisor, Roger Stone, had advanced knowledge of a major release of stolen Democratic emails.
Democratic Party Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy in New Lawsuit https://nyti.ms/2vrgslQ
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