The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and its political action committee last week over alleged election fraud at the 2016 presidential election, which Democrats are challenging as part of an effort to determine whether Russia hacked the election and interfered in the election.
The suit claims the Democratic Party and the committee conspired to “infiltrate” the 2016 election by obtaining thousands of stolen emails from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a Democratic presidential campaign committee and the Democratic nominee, as well as other individuals.
The Justice Department alleges the defendants engaged in a scheme to “coordinate the publication of stolen DNC emails through WikiLeaks, a publication platform controlled by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and a co-founder of WikiLeaks, in order to disseminate the stolen emails through an anonymous Twitter account, known as DCLeaks.”
The complaint also accuses the defendants of publishing hacked emails on the social media platform and distributing them in a manner that “will likely lead to the unauthorized publication of additional DNC emails, including emails from Hillary Clinton.”
The lawsuit is the second by the Justice Department against the party in the past week.
The Justice Dept. also sued the DNC over a series of hacking and other hacking allegations on Tuesday, claiming the Democratic party hacked the email accounts of a number of political leaders, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and was also responsible for the release of a series a hacked emails.
In a statement on Wednesday, the DNC said it was cooperating with the Justice Dept., and said that it is “committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.”
In a recent interview with ABC News, DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said there were no credible reports of voter fraud and that the election was “rigged.”