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FEATURING LARRY BENSKY – The Democratic National Committee on Friday out of the blue filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that it was a victim of a conspiracy between Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, Russian officials, and the anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks around the 2016 Presidential election.

Trump predictably fired off an angry tweet in response, and, one of his lawyers, Brad Parscale issued a statement accusing the DNC of using the lawsuit to raise money. Parscale called it a, “sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional and nearly insolvent Democratic Party.”

The lawsuit comes in the wake of news of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and his contact with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen was found to also be representing Fox News host Sean Hannity who is notorious for his pro-Trump coverage.

Larry Bensky, long time award winning print and broadcast journalist, teaches political science at California State University East Bay and is currently teaching a course on the American Presidency.  He has written for The Nation, magazine, and was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review.

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