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    US Court Dismisses DNC Lawsuit Against Russia, Trump Campaign - Filing

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Democratic National Committee (DNC) earlier filed a lawsuit against Russia, US President Donald Trump and several members of the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and various Russian businessmen, as well as other individuals in connection with alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

    A US federal court has dismissed a DNC lawsuit against Russia and the Trump campaign over alleged hacking of the organization's servers, according to court documents released on Tuesday.

    The multi-million dollar lawsuit was launched by the DNC last year. The DNC amended its 2018 complaint to include the new accusations related to the most recent US presidential election. In the amended complaint, the DNC alleged that in a November 2018 hacking incident, Russian intelligence again tried to infiltrate the party's computers.

    The DNC argued that Russia committed cybercrimes leading up to the midterm elections and accused Moscow of trying in August 2017 to hack into the network of a Democratic Senator and longtime critic of US President Donald Trump. It also alleged that Russia tried to hack the networks of two other midterm election candidates.

    Russia has repeatedly refuted claims of interference in the US political system, saying the allegations were invented to excuse the loss of Trump's opponent, as well as to deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption. Moreover, both Trump and the Kremlin have denied all allegations of collusion, and Moscow has called accusations of interference in the 2016 election "absurd".

    US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, released in April 2019, claimed that the Russian government allegedly interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The report also claimed that the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, hacked DNC networks and stole information.

    US Attorney General William Barr, ahead of the report’s release, said the Mueller team concluded that there was no evidence Trump or his team colluded with Russia.

    Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress in which he summarized the investigation’s findings. According to Barr, Mueller concluded that Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 elections and that there is not enough evidence to establish an obstruction of justice charge.

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