And the drama continues.
You might recall that last month, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee concluded that after a lengthy investigation, there’s “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
That conclusion came as the panel announced they were shutting down their yearlong investigation and in the course of communicating that to the public, the committee also broke with the intelligence community in asserting that the Kremlin had no “preference” for Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Obviously all of that was absurd and nobody besides Trump really cared because everyone had given up on the committee months ago after the panel’s probe devolved into a pissing contest between Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff. The decision to end the probe came shortly after the “memo” fiasco that found Nunes throwing what amounted to a Hail Mary in an effort to make the American public believe that the FBI can’t be trusted. That memo was refuted by a Democratic counter-memo.
Since then, Trump has continued to (loudly) insist that there was never any collusion between his campaign and the Russians despite voluminous evidence to the contrary uncovered by the Mueller probe – I mean, it’s difficult to “prove” collusion, but between Manafort, Gates, Flynn, Sessions, Papadopoulos, and on and on, it’s abundantly clear that something was going on there and now, the Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.
Here’s WaPo with some context:
Suing a foreign country may present legal challenges for the Democrats, in part because other nations have immunity from most U.S. lawsuits. The DNC’s complaint argues Russia is not entitled to the protection because the hack constituted a trespass on the party’s private property.
The lawsuit argues that Russia is not entitled to sovereign immunity in this case because “the DNC claims arise out of Russia’s trespass on to the DNC’s private servers…in order to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage.”
The lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal. In 1972, the DNC filed suit against then President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.
Trump is going to have a field day with this on Twitter. You can amuse yourself with the full complaint embedded below and as you read it, don’t forget these super-fun screengrabs from Don Jr.’s DMs: