DNC Donors Bring Privacy Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign Based on Alleged Collusion

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The Russian 2016 election hacking story has taken a new turn.  Three victims of the Wikileaks dump of DNC files have filed a lawsuit against the Donald Trump for President campaign and campaign advisor Roger Stone who has admitted to having a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  The Complaint opens up yet another line of inquiry into President Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russian government during the campaign.

The complaint is brought by:

  • Scott Comer, a former DNC finance staffer, whose hacked emails outed him to his family and revealed private medical information;
  • Eric Schoenberg, a Reagan-era foreign service officer and donor, whose social security numbers, address, phone number and banking relationships were published by WikiLeaks resulting in identity theft; and
  • Roy Cockrum, a former Episcopal monk, Powerball winner and DNC donor whose security number and other personally identifying information were published resulting in identity theft attempts and his having to heighten security at his office.

The Plaintiffs assert claims against the campaign and Stone as conspirators with WikiLeaks for (i) Public Disclosure of Private Facts; (ii) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; and (iii) Conspiracy to injure Plaintiffs and others like them in their persons and property on account of their support or advocacy in a legal manner for Secretary Clinton in violation of Civil Rights laws (42 U.S.C. § 1985).  

Ian Bassin, Executive Director of Protect Democracy, which is leading this effort, issued the following statement:

These plaintiffs are using the law and the American civil justice system the way it was intended: to vindicate important rights and values, such as the right to privacy and the right to participate in the political process; and to deter others who might consider colluding with a foreign government for political gain. They want to ensure that what they have gone through does not become something we accept as part of our democracy.

The Complaint is below.