April 20, 2018

The suit, drawing on the volume of reporting over the issue, seeks to subject Trump campaign officials, as well as Russia, to the civil discovery process.

Alleging a massive international conspiracy, the Democratic National Committee filed suit in Manhattan federal court Friday against members of the campaign of President Donald Trump, WikiLeaks, and the Russian government for the hacks of the DNC’s computers by Russian agents in support of Trump’s bid for the presidency.

The 66-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York pulls together a master narrative of the various strands made public since the DNC’s computers were hacked in 2015 and 2016 ahead of the presidential election.

From the allegations of Russia executing the breaches of the DNC, to the communications between Trump adviser Roger Stone and WikiLeaks—both named defendants—to the meeting between then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr.—all also named defendants—and a Russian attorney who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, the complaint brings together all of the relevant episodes in the Trump-Russia saga to claim a broad conspiracy that did “profound damage” to the DNC, as well as the nation.

“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 complaint stated. “And, in carrying out this effort, defendants conspired to disseminate documents stolen from the DNC in violation of the law … Under the laws of this nation, Russia and its co-conspirators must answer for these actions.”

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