Today we learn that the perpetual underdog, the DNC, hated by Democrats and Dimocrats equally, has done something that required the use of their vestigial spine: the DNC filed a lawsuit against the Candidate Stupid’s 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign and his co-conspirators: Russia and WikiLeaks:
“The Democratic National Committee alleges in a new multimillion dollar lawsuit that the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks engaged in a sweeping plot to interfere in the 2016 election in President Donald Trump’s favor.
“The lawsuit accuses top officials for the Trump campaign, Russian government officials and their military intelligence service, the GRU, of engaging in a vast, coordinated effort to inflict damage on Trump’s general election rival, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.”
Which is, all things considered extraordinary; who knew that a spine transplant was possible? But I digress.
“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 Chair 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.”
“The complaint alleges that through communications between Russian operatives and top Trump campaign officials, “Russian agents formed an agreement to promote Donald Trump’s candidacy through illegal means.”
So the real question that assorted legal minds are probably wondering is, does the DNC have standing to sue?
- I have no idea if one can sue a foreign country; sounds improbable. That said, Mueller in February unveiled charges against 13 Russian nationals and three foreign entities on charges relating to the 2016 election meddling, alleging a coordinated online campaign to sway voters in favor of Trump. So, maybe?
- Wikileaks is not an American organization, and as far as I know Mr. Assange is still living in a closet in an embassy somewhere in London. WikiLeaks already is arguing that it is immune to legal action.
- However, the Candidate Stupid’s 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign is a US Corporation (“corporations are people, my friends!”), it is on US soil, and presumably it is subject to US laws and whatnot. That shouldn’t be funny, but it is for those of us with a bitter, cynical streak.
If a court rules that the DNC has locus standi (i.e., that it was harmed by the action of the subjects), then the suit can go forward. Presumably, the DNC will get to depose ALL the leaders of Candidate Stupid’s 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign, including Lenny & Squiggy, The First Shady, and Comrade Trump. Under oath, or in his case, oaf. The key word is “discovery.”
The Fourth Reich is trying not to say “discovery.” The flop sweat is already starting:
“This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party,” said Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 re-election bid.”
Can you say “discovery”?
“Parscale added that if the suit moved forward, the Trump campaign would use the discovery process to explore “actual corruption” he alleges took place by the DNC to “influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”
I knew you could say it!
“Trump took to Twitter to react to the lawsuit from what he called “the Obstructionist Democrats.“ The president said the action could spell “good news“ for his campaign because “we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI.“
Oh, noes! The infamous Podesta Bolognese is on the menu again!
But here’s the take-away, wrapped up in a doggie bag: If the judge finds that the DNC has standing, even if special counsel Robert Mueller is fired, the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac investigation continues.
More to come: DNC chair Tom Perez will be on “Meet the Press.” Will Chuck Todd… oh, why do I even bother.