WASHINGTON, May 15, 2017 — The Democratic Party is going to court. Not as an aggrieved party, but as the party responsible for causing grief.
The law firm of Beck & Lee has filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its former chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The DNC and Schultz are accused of violating the DNC charter, which states in Article V, Section 4:
“In the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Democratic National Committee, particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process.”
According to the suit:
“Despite the requirements in the Charter, and in spite of the multiple public declarations of neutrality and impartiality with respect to the Democratic primary process, the DNC was biased in favor of one candidate—Hillary Clinton—from beginning and throughout the process. The DNC devoted its considerable resources to supporting Clinton above any of the other Democratic candidates. Through its public claims to being neutral and impartial, the DNC actively concealed its bias from its own donors as well as donors to the campaigns of Clinton’s rivals, including Bernie Sanders.”
During the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, hackers breached computer servers at Democratic Committee headquarters. They released email messages which proved that Schultz and high-ranking committee members used their positions to gear (rig) their party’s primaries in favor of Clinton and against her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Democratic operative Donna Brazile told ABC News, “They [hackers] came after us absolutely every day until the end of the election. They tried to hack into our system repeatedly. We put up the very best cybersecurity—what I call infrastructure—to stop them, but they constantly, they came after us.”
Brazile later resigned as interim DNC chairperson when it was discovered she used her position as a CNN contributor to feed the network’s townhall questions to Clinton ahead of her debates with Bernie Sanders.
Clinton recently told CNN she blames Russian hackers working in association with WikiLeaks and public statements made by former FBI Director James Comey as factoring large in her loss last November.
But as the class action civil suit will show, if not for those Russian hackers, the DNC’s collusion with the Clinton campaign to undermine the democratic process might never have been discovered.