Watchdog group sues Trump campaign over emails tied to Russia hacks

Watchdog group sues Trump campaign over emails tied to Russia hacks
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The watchdog group United to Protect Democracy on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Trump's campaign, alleging that the campaign conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish the hacked information of three Democrats and violated their privacy.

The filing comes just short of a year after WikiLeaks published the first set of hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails that exposed private information, including medical records, Social Security numbers and private details of several Democrats to the public.

The official complaint, filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the Trump campaign "entered into an agreement with other parties, including agents of Russia and WikiLeaks, to have information stolen from the DNC publicly disseminated in a strategic way that would benefit the campaign to elect Mr. Trump as President." 

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"No American should fear that the consequence of participating in our democracy is that their identity would be stolen or their personal, private information plastered on the Internet for all to see," the group stated. 

Scott Comer, who was the chief of staff in the finance department of the DNC, is one of the plaintiffs. The lawsuit claims his emails revealed to his grandparents that he is gay and strained family relations.

The other plaintiffs are Democratic Party donors Roy Cockrum and Eric Schoenberg, whose personal information was made public.

Russian hackers infiltrated private servers of the DNC in 2016 in an attempt to influence the election, as confirmed by a number of U.S. intelligence agencies. There is an ongoing federal probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia during the presidential campaign. 

Trump and his campaign allies have repeatedly denied allegations of collusion, and the lawsuit offers no evidence of such collusion.