Democrats sue Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation for interfering in 2016 election

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The Washington Post reports the DNC filed its complaint Friday in NY federal court, alleging a conspiracy in which the defendants worked in tandem to shift the election win to Trump.

The legal move comes as special counsel Robert Mueller leads a separate investigation into the alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

They include a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between members of Trump's team and a Russian lawyer; and a series of emails and messages that Democrats say confirm coordination between Russia and Trump's campaign.

The president has repeatedly rejected any collusion or improper activity by his campaign.

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in NY, says Russian intelligence agents hacked the DNC's computers, infiltrated its phone systems and stole tens of thousands of documents and emails.

The Post reported that the Democratic Party's legal maneuver seems to mirror a civil action brought by then-DNC chairman Lawrence O'Brien against then President Richard Nixon's reelection committee in 1972. As noted by the Post, the lawsuit seeks only millions of dollars in financial restitution and punitive damages. The DNC argues that the cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats.

17 U.S.C. 1201. Here, the argument is that the firewalls and passwords protecting the DNC computers were the "technological measures" used to protect the files, documents, and emails - all of which are copyrighted.

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The press released also insists the lawsuit is factually based, and was mounted on the basis of admissions made by defendants in multiple criminal proceedings. Mr. Manafort has pleaded not guilty; Mr. Gates struck a plea deal in late February. "Trump's closest political adviser, Roger Stone, also appeared to have advance knowledge of specific plans by WikiLeaks to disseminate some of this information".

Papadopoulos is also named in the lawsuit.

Trump has repeatedly - and loudly - denied conspiring with Russian Federation. Both are being investigated by Mueller, whose office declined to comment on the Democratic lawsuit.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll represent the DNC in the matter.

The Democratic National Committee blames Russian Federation for breaches of its computer systems in 2015 and the first half of 2016. The hackers began siphoning documents and information from DNC systems on April 22. As owner of the pageant, Trump attended.

After Donald Trump pulled off his shocking upset win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, many wondered how all the experts got their predictions wrong. 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.

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