Judge Tosses DNC Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign, Russia For Election Hacking

The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is seen in Washington, DC, August 22, 2018, after reports indicated that the DNC notified the FBI of an attempt by hackers to infiltrate the organization's ... The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is seen in Washington, DC, August 22, 2018, after reports indicated that the DNC notified the FBI of an attempt by hackers to infiltrate the organization's voter database. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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US District Judge John Koeltl on Tuesday threw out the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against the Trump campaign, the Russian Federation, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks that alleged racketeering.

According to Koeltl, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, the DNC was unable to prove that the Trump campaign and President Donald Trump’s other allies actively helped Russia hack the DNC email system.

Additionally, Koeltl wrote that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act prevented him from allowing the DNC to sue the Russian government.

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  1. Ok. DNC can’t sue Russia. Got that.

    But DNC cant prove conspiracy amongst this gang? Isn’t that what a trial is supposed to be about?

  2. According to Koeltl, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, the DNC was unable to prove that the Trump campaign and President Donald Trump’s other allies actively helped Russia hack the DNC email system.

    I don’t know anything about the law other than what I could glean from watching all eight seasons of L.A. Law, but shouldn’t the case have proceeded to trial, with the Democrats then trying to prove their case?

  3. “DNC was unable to prove that the Trump campaign and President Donald Trump’s other allies actively helped Russia hack the DNC email system.”

    Why is “actively helped” the crux? Does that mean Trump et al would be completely off the legal hook if they cooperated and encouraged but did not directly participate or pay for it or something?

  4. Avatar for n_b n_b says:

    If that is indeed the current state of play of US laws, we clearly have a lot of work to do in the coming Democratic administration.

  5. Wow. Democrats squashed by Their Own again.

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