Taking a page from its response to the Watergatebreak-in, the Democratic National Committee filed suit on Friday against President Donald Trump's campaign, the Russian government and WikiLeaks for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to damage the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential race.
The lawsuit, which opens up a new legal assault on Trump, contains allegations that the Democratic National Committee was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton's presidential run.
Instead it knits numerous threads that have emerged in public over the past two years to paint a picture of an alleged conspiracy between the Trump campaign, the Kremlin and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The lawsuit also names the members of the Trump campaign who have been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.
"The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency", it added.
"They successfully hacked the Democratic Party in 2016 and they will be back", Perez said. One legal expert told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear the Democrats' suit is a "desperate move" without serious substance "to try to regain some of their advantage for the 2018 elections".
The suit attempts to cite evidence of Trump campaign officials receiving messages from the Russian government about potentially damaging information is possesses about Clinton.
The DNC also names as a defendant the Russian military-intelligence service, the GRU, which has been accused by the US government of orchestrating the hacks, as well as WikiLeaks, which published emails stolen from the DNC, and the group's founder, Julian Assange.
"How much of this do you think is just a stunt versus a pretty smart ploy for court of public opinion?" asked "CNN Newsroom" anchor Brooke Baldwin. The lawsuit outlines almost every known communication between Trump advisers and Russians.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, referring in a tweet this week to the "phony Russian Federation investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)". It also targets a Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, which the US government accused of interfering in the election.
"We're seeking justice and we're seeking deterrence", DNC Chairman Tom Perez said. Obama expelled Russian diplomats and shuttered diplomatic compounds in December 2016. LoBianco reported from Washington.