Nunes: DNC lawsuit is a ‘scam’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.) called the Democratic National Committee (DNC) lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference a "scam" and a "fundraising scheme."

"This is nothing more than a scam to keep their base fired up. This is about the extreme left, the socialist left wanting to never accept that the president of the United States rightfully and duly elected, carried a number of states that nobody expected him to carry," Nunes told Jeanine Pirro on the Fox News's "Justice with Judge Jeanine."

"So this is a fundraising scheme. It's nothing more, nothing less," he said.

The DNC announced last week it was suing Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks in a Manhattan district court over Russia's alleged election meddling, saying the three actors worked to help President Trump win the 2016 election. 

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"They ought to be suing themselves," Nunes added. "They're the ones that colluded with the Russians."

Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is conducting an ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election. Nunes also charged that Democrats were behind an attempt at "digging up dirt on the Trump campaign" through opposition research collected by the firm Fusion GPS.

The lawsuit identifies as defendants various Trump campaign aides who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee Make the special counsel report public for the sake of Americans Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison MORE and Trump campaign adviser Richard Gates, both of whom have since been charged in special counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. 

“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.”

Trump hit back against the lawsuit in a tweet last week.