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20/04/2018 16:48 BST | Updated 20/04/2018 17:32 BST

US Democrat Party Sues Trump Campaign, Russia And WikiLeaks

Democrats claim there was a conspiracy to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

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US Democrat party is suing Donald Trump's campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks.

The US Democrat Party is suing Donald Trump’s election campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks, claiming there was a conspiracy to help the Republican nominee win the 2016 presidential election. 

The party alleges in the federal lawsuit in Manhattan that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers, Reuters reports.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump’s campaign “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help” in the 2016 election.

Four US intelligence agencies reported last year that Russia sponsored the hacking of Democratic Party groups and other actions during the 2016 campaign. Part of the effort was to benefit Trump over Clinton, the agencies said.

The Democratic National Committee blames Russia for breaches of its computer systems in 2015 and the first half of 2016.

Hackers disseminated internal communications of party officials as the Democratic nominating convention got underway, and WikiLeaks released thousands of emails, some of which were embarrassing for the Clinton campaign.

The lawsuit also names Donald Trump Jr, Trump associate Roger Stone and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as defendants.

Most of the accusations appeared to be based on news reports and publicly available legal documents and offered little new information about alleged collusion with Moscow.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign, Trump campaign manager Michael Glassner, WikiLeaks, Stone and attorneys for Trump Jr, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort associate Rick Gates and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign colluded with Russia. Russia has denied meddling in the election.