DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is suing the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging that the three entities conspired to help President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE win the 2016 election. 

By hacking and publishing the committee's emails, multiple individuals and groups were part of a larger conspiracy to damage Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE’s campaign and help Trump win the election, DNC's lawsuit alleges.

“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 PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE 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.”

In the complaint filed in federal district court in Manhattan, the DNC claims that the “illegal conspiracy inflicted profound damage” on their organization, impacting their campaign work, scaring away donors, causing over a million dollars in damages and inspiring personal attacks against their employees.

“The timing and selective release of the stolen materials was designed to and had the effect of driving a wedge between the DNC and Democratic voters. The release of stolen materials also impaired the DNC’s ability to support Democratic candidates in the general election,” the suit reads.

“While no suit can ever fully redress the harm that the illegal conduct exacted, the DNC brings this lawsuit to seek the full measure of relied under the laws of the United States."

The Washington Post first reported on the DNC's lawsuit, which seeks millions of dollars in damages.

The Trump campaign on Friday blasted the lawsuit, calling it a "desperate" attempt by Democrats to curry favor with their donors after losing funding.     

“This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party,” Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, said in a statement. 

“With the Democrats’ conspiracy theories against the President’s campaign evaporating as quickly as the failing DNC’s fundraising, they’ve sunk to a new low to raise money, especially among small donors who have abandoned them," he added, while promising to aggressively work to uncover examples of DNC corruption if the lawsuit is not immediately dismissed.

The lawsuit names several Trump campaign aides as defendants who met with Russian nationals during the campaign, including Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE and Trump campaign adviser Richard Gates, both of whom have since been charged in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s investigation into Russian meddling. Gates is cooperating with the special counsel while Manafort is battling the charges against him in court.

The DNC lawsuit also names Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE, son-in-law and White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage MORE and Trump confidante Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE as some of the people who were part of the alleged conspiracy.

The lawsuit lists 12 laws that the accused parties allegedly violated, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, as well as D.C.'s 'Trespass' law.

Suing a foreign government may pose a challenge for the campaign organization because most other countries are immune from U.S. lawsuits.

The organization, however, argues 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.”

Throughout the lengthy 66 page suit, the DNC lays out a series of events, news reports and public comments that it argues is proof of the conspiracy, like Trump Jr.’s secret communication with WikiLeaks as well as Trump's public praise of the group.

The suit comes months after Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for carrying out “information warfare” as well as other sophisticated measures to sow discord during the 2016 presidential election.The special counsel has yet to charge anyone for the DNC hacking, though it is reportedly under investigation. 

Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion or coordination with Moscow, calling the federal probe a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”

- This story was updated at 5:15 p.m.