Amid allegations that Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz “rigged” the Democratic presidential primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, 120 people, including 104 Bernie Sanders donors, sued both Wasserman Schultz and the DNC in the Southern District Court of Florida yesterday for fraud, negligence, misrepresentation, and other claims. They alleged she misled the DNC and Sanders donors into thinking she was “impartial.”
The suit comes after a group of Russian hackers published emails that they claim show the DNC had, since May 2015, been planning strategies to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump in the general election.
The suit cites DNC bylaws, which state that the chairperson “shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns,” and that the chair is responsible for ensuring DNC officers and staff “maintain impartiality.”
Despite consistently claiming she’d been fair, the suit claims that “the truth of the DNC’s deception started to come to public light” this month, after a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” released an alleged internal DNC document from 2015 that stated the DNC’s “goals in the comings months will be to frame the Republican field and the eventual nominee early and to provide a contrast between the GOP field and [Hillary Clinton].”