Russia pushes for court to throw out DNC lawsuit

Russia pushes for court to throw out DNC lawsuit
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The Russian government is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) related to alleged interference in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post reported that the Russian Ministry of Justice penned a letter last week to the State Department and a judge in New York's Southern District arguing that the lawsuit violates the United States’ Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

The lawsuit accuses Russia, WikiLeaks and members of the Trump campaign of conspiring to influence the election in President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants MORE's favor.

In addition, the Russians argue that the DNC lawsuit raises a "political question" that is better handled on a diplomatic and legislative basis than through the courts, the Post reported.

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Russia warned that if the lawsuit proceeds, the National Security Agency and other spy services in the U.S. could be exposed to litigation in response, according to the report.

The DNC filed its lawsuit earlier this year alleging that the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to help Trump win the 2016 election. The suit seeks millions of dollars in damages.

The organization argued in its filing that Russia cannot be protected by sovereign immunity in this case because the Kremlin trespassed “on to the DNC’s private servers ...in order to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage.”

The Russian request to throw out the lawsuit comes amid multiple reports that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is preparing to issue more indictments in his investigation into interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller has already indicted more than 20 Russian nationals as part of the investigation, including a dozen GRU officers in connection with the DNC hacks.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly denied that the campaign colluded with Russia.