Kirsters Baish| Today, President Donald Trump has cause for celebration. A federal judge has officially thrown out the lawsuit that claimed that the Trump campaign along with former adviser Roger Stone had colluded with the Russians and WikiLeaks in order to release hacked DNC emails while the 2016 presidential election was taking place.
President Trump tweeted out today, “Just won lawsuit filed by the DNC and a bunch of Democrat crazies trying to claim the Trump Campaign (and others), colluded with Russia. They haven’t figured out that this was an excuse for them losing the election!”
Just won lawsuit filed by the DNC and a bunch of Democrat crazies trying to claim the Trump Campaign (and others), colluded with Russia. They haven’t figured out that this was an excuse for them losing the election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2018
The Hill reports of President Trump’s tweet:
Despite the president’s assertion, a judge who ruled on the case Tuesday evening declared that the plaintiffs had not successfully tied the Trump campaign to Washington, D.C., where the district court was located.
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle wrote in her opinion that she had not ruled based on the merits of the case, which alleged that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked emails from DNC servers. Instead, the judge dismissed the case on the grounds that none of the communication was alleged to have taken place in D.C.
During a ruling on Tuesday, United States District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, stated that the accusations of the Trump campaign having conspired with Russia were too insubstantial to continue wasting the court’s time. She explained that her decision is solely based on the “technicalities” of the lawsuit. She further explained that it has nothing to do with her own position on the matter.
“This is the wrong forum for plaintiffs’ lawsuit. The court takes no position on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims,” Huvelle stated.
Two DNC donors, Roy Cockrum and Eric Schoenberg, started the lawsuit along with some help from former DNC staffer Scott Comer. Comer had alleged that the fact that the emails had been published was in violation of their privacy. He also claimed that Stone and the Trump camp had taken part in illicit activity.
Stone sent an email to Fox News in which he explained that he is “gratified and delighted” regarding the ruling.
The email read, “Even though the case was not decided on this basis, plaintiffs provided no evidence or proof whatsoever of their central left-wing conspiracy theory: that I somehow worked with the Russian state to hack the DNC e-mail servers and shared the fruits of this alleged hacking with Wikileaks or the Trump campaign. This is false and can therefore never be proven in any jurisdiction.”
Fox News reports:
The DNC itself wasn’t part of the suit, though it had brought a separate lawsuit back in April, accusing top Trump campaign officials, including Trump’s son Donald Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner of colluding with the Russians.
Stone’s role in WikiLeaks activities raised concerns after the revelations that he reportedly exchanged messages with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 – a social media account that U.S. intelligence agencies believe was part of the “Russian military intelligence” effort to spread the hacked emails.