New York — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee against the Russian Government, Wikileaks, the Trump Campaign and others, in regard to the Russians hacking DNC servers and Wikileaks releasing the hacked material on Tuesday. The hacking severely damaged Hillary Clinton, who went on to lost the 2016 Election to President Donald Trump.
The DNC based their lawsuit on the premise that the Trump Campaign welcomed the hacking since it aided their campaign. Additionally, they asserted that the hacking violated at least a dozen cited laws within federal, District of Columbia, and Virginia jurisdiction(s). Judge John Koeltl acknowledges the wrongdoing of the Russian Government, but states they cannot be sued due to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Additionally, he goes on to say the dissemination of the material is protected under the First Amendment, similar to that of media outlets that publish materials of public interest.
The Trump Campaign seeked civil sanctions against the DNC for the lawsuit, but that was denied by Judge Koeltl since the allegations were truthful.
Update 7:28 PM EST: President Donald Trump has tweeted about the ruling, “Wow! A federal Judge in the Southern District of N.Y. completely dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee against our historic 2016 campaign for President. The Judge said the DNC case was “entirely divorced” from the facts, yet another total & complete vindication & exoneration from the Russian, WikiLeaks and every other form of HOAX perpetrated by the DNC, Radical Democrats and others. This is really big “stuff” especially coming from a highly respected judge who was appointed by President Clinton. The Witch Hunt Ends!”