Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Sued In Class Action Lawsuit After Allegedly Rigging Primary For Hillary Clinton
After countless allegations of fraud in the 2016 Democratic Primary, it should come as no surprise to anyone that millions of America’s progressives are feeling pretty frustrated with the DNC and their chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And this past Thursday, those Americans found a way to possibly fight back.
On June 28th, the law firm of Beck & Lee in Miami, Florida filed a federal class action lawsuit with 121 named plaintiffs against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC, alleging they purposefully rigged the 2016 Democratic primary to favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The suit makes six claims against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC, many of them based on the Guccifer 2.0 data leak, where internal DNC documents were revealed to the world by a hacktivist. Lawyer Jared Beck lists those claims in the video shown above.
The first claim is that of fraud, alleging that the DNC broke legally-binding neutrality agreements when they supported Hillary Clinton and strategized to help her win the primary, before any voters had a chance to voice their support or cast their ballots.
The second claim is that of negligent misrepresentation, asserting that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC claimed neutrality in the primary, despite evidence from the documents and elsewhere to the contrary.
The third claim alleges that the defendants participated in deceptive conduct that is prohibited by a Washington DC legal statute that makes it illegal to claim neutrality when said neutrality isn’t actually being upheld or pursued.
The fourth claim is for unjust enrichment, and seeks a return of all monetary donations made by the plaintiffs which were allegedly fraudulently obtained through false representations and omissions.
The fifth claim is a breach of fiduciary duty, asserting that the DNC breached their fiduciary duty of care for its members by not running the primary in a fair, even, impartial manner, which violates the DNC’s own charter and bylaws.
Last but not least, the sixth claim is of negligence, alleging the DNC failed to protect its donors or their personal information from hackers.
Attorney Jared Beck explains the purpose of the lawsuit and explains why the firm accepted it later in the video, stating:
“This lawsuit is our effort, as attorneys, to give a voice in the political system to all those that have been defrauded by the conduct of the DNC in supporting and promoting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, in violation of its own charter that requires it to be neutral. And of course, those individuals are individuals that gave an enormous amount of money to Bernie Sanders and his campaign […] that have been economically harmed by the misconduct of the DNC.
“This case is not about money. I don’t think you can put a dollar figure on American democracy. And at the end of the day, I truly believe that American democracy is what is at stake in this lawsuit. The conduct of the Democratic Party or the DNC, as is set forth in this complaint, is manifestly undemocratic.
“We live in the United States of America. Candidates are not supposed to be picked behind closed doors and sold to the population through manipulation and deceit. Candidates are supposed to be voted into office by a democratic process. And it has become apparent to me as an attorney, looking at evidence that’s coming out, piecing together the facts, it has become clear to me that this democratic process is in severe jeopardy, and has been jeopardized by the DNC and its chair through their conduct.”
Sanders will enter the Democratic National Convention trailing Hillary Clinton by about 389 pledged delegates. But if a federal judge agrees to hear the case in a timely manner, it could bolster Bernie Sanders’ chances of pulling off a shocking primary victory at a contested Democratic National Convention, as those pledged delegates might shift toward supporting him, a move America hasn’t seen on that scale since Franklin Delano Roosevelt won his contested convention in 1932.