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Democrats file conspiracy lawsuit against Trump, Russia, Wikileaks

The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Russia, Wikileaks, and campaign advisors such as Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone and others, alleging a conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election.

Calling the Trump campaign a "racketeering enterprise," the DNC claimed that "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."

"Rather than report these repeated messages that Russia intended to interfere with U.S. elections, the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia’s help," said the lawsuit, which was first reported by the Washington Post, although the newspaper did not publish a copy of the suit. "Indeed, the Trump campaign solicited Russia’s illegal assistance, and maintained secret communications with individuals tied to the Russian government, including one of the intelligence agencies responsible for attacking the D.N.C."

"During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement about the lawsuit Friday. "If the occupant of the Oval Office won’t protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people."

Neither the White House nor the Trump campaign released any immediate public comments.

Read the entire lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in the Southern District of New York:

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Phoenix Convention Center in September 2016.