Trump campaign wants DNC sanctioned over election interference, demands reimbursement for legal fees

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The Trump campaign called out the “politically motivated sham case” by the Democratic National Committee and is calling for them to be sanctioned by a federal court.

Attorneys for the campaign argued in a court filing on Tuesday that the DNC lawsuit alleging they conspired with Russia in the 2016 election should be dropped and the DNC should be sanctioned, citing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

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“In an over-400-page Report, the Special Counsel not only explains that his investigation ‘did not establish’ any such conspiracy or coordination, but debunks any such conclusion by walking through the vast body of evidence that his Office collected and establishing that none of this evidence showed that the Campaign formed any sort of agreement with Russia,” the filing read.

The assumptions by the DNC that Mueller’s report would “substantiate” its claims “did not pan out,” the filing went on regarding the DNC’s initial lawsuit which was filed in April 2018.

“In so doing, the Report makes clear that the DNC will never be able to prove the key allegations underlying all of its claims against the Campaign,” it added, noting that the DNC “has refused to accept this reality.”

“The DNC has thus made clear that it wants to proceed with a politically motivated sham case…all in a doomed effort to prove a falsehood,” the campaign argued.

“In short, since the DNC’s frivolous legal theories have now been exposed as resting on frivolous factual fantasies, these are two independent reasons to terminate this sham political litigation before it does even more harm,” the filing went on.

The filing argued that the DNC “should be sanctioned by having all of their claims dismissed” and “should be ordered to reimburse the Campaign for all fees and costs it incurs as a result of the DNC’s disregard for the truth.”

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The committee indicated that it would not give up the legal fight against the campaign, citing Mueller’s report as the basis in a letter sent to the Trump campaign on Sunday.

“[T]he Special Counsel’s Report does not ‘refute’ the DNC’s claim that the Trump Campaign conspired with Russia. Rather, the Report methodically compiles evidence that the Trump Campaign participated in Russia’s plan to interfere in the 2016 election,” DNC lawyer Joseph Sellers wrote.

The efforts by the Trump campaign to seek sanctions against the DNC would be “wholly groundless,” Sellers argued, noting that their “ill-advised” actions could result in sanctions against the campaign.

Sellers noted the “extensive evidence that the Trump Campaign conspired with Russia to influence the results of the 2016 election,” despite Mueller’s conclusion in his report that “the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.”

The campaign argued in its filing on Tuesday that Mueller’s investigation “established that the DNC is unable to prove any of its causes of action against the Campaign” and that the special counsel’s report has “gutted” the DNC’s claims.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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