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Today the Democratic National Committee filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the God-King’s campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks, alleging a conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election, and DNC Chair Tom Perez issued this statement:

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. 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.

Above the Law’s Elie Mystal reports that, crucially, the DNC lawsuit invokes the civil RICO statute:

Whether or not you believe that Donald Trump personally knew about the hack (Donald Trump is not personally named as a defendant), that the DNC was hacked is an undeniable thing that happened. That thing was illegal. The DNC alleges 12 violations. Of note:

Count I: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Count IV: Wiretap Act
Count VI: Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Count VII: Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
Counts IX – XII: Various common law trespass violations
But the two most important charges are Counts II and III: the civil RICO charges. The DNC alleges “The Trump Campaign Was A Racketeering Enterprise.” In the alternative, they allege “The Trump Campaign Was An Association-In-Fact Enterprise.”

Will this lawsuit ever come to trial?


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