WikiLeaks Threatens to Counter Sue the DNC

Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE on Saturday slammed the Democratic National Committee for its lawsuit accusing his campaign of conspiring with Russian Federation, tweeting that Democrats are only suing because they lost.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of a almost year-long cybersecurity strengthening effort which was the initial internal DNC response to the hack - for fortifying their systems and processes.

On Friday, Trump tweeted a similar message, expressing hope that Republican lawyers can use the suit to force the DNC to turn over computer servers hacked by Russian intelligence agents during the election.

Included in the lawsuit which lists more than a dozen defendants is US President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Several Trump associates, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been indicted because of the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

According to the lawsuit, Russia's cyberattack began just weeks after Mr Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015 and within months European intelligence agencies were reporting suspicious communication between Trump associates and Russian operatives.

Hackers disseminated internal communications of party officials as the Democratic nominating convention began and WikiLeaks released thousands of emails, some of which were embarrassing for the Clinton campaign and were meant to stoke conflicts among the party's supporters. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the DNC at the time of the hack, said in a statement Friday.

Despite support for the lawsuit from DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton's top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: "Triumph of hope over evidence Labor's "wasteful spending and mismanagement" at Workers" Comp MORE, it's already coming under fire from some Democratic lawmakers. "Als, o do I get to take discovery since I'm named?"

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein past year to investigate the same contours that the Democrats allege. Manafort has been indicted by the special counsel, while Gates and Papadopoulos have both pleaded guilty to different charges. Mueller's office has indicated they're interested in Manafort's links to Russians while he served on the campaign, though Manafort has not been charged for his actions in 2016. The dossier - a collection of memos - was written by an ex-British spy whose work was funded by Clinton and the DNC. He also termed special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's alleged meddling as "with hunt".