WASHINGTON – A Bernie Sanders campaign organizer and longtime Democrat joined forces with a Republican lobbyist and attorney to file a federal lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for the release of the hacked DNC server they claim will reveal key information in solving the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
Washington D.C.-based attorney Jack Burkman filed the suit on Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court along with the East Coast director of Black Men for Bernie, Gary Frazier.
At a press conference in front of DNC headquarters, Burkman asserted the DNC server will irrefutably prove the Democratic 2016 primary was rigged against Sanders, resolve whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race and provide the “key” to solving the Rich murder mystery.
“In this case, we will finally, after a year and a half, get these servers. That, among other pieces of evidence, is probably the single most important piece of evidence in this case,” he said. “That will shed light on the entire Seth Rich mystery – we will know whether he was the leaker, we will know whether the Russians were involved, we will know whether WikiLeaks was involved.”
Rich had accepted a position with Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before he was fatally shot in the back in Washington on July 10, 2016, near his apartment.
On July 22, 2016, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks began publishing 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments from top DNC officials, leading to speculation that Rich was the source of party emails turned over to WikiLeaks.
In one email, Brad Marshall, the DNC’s chief financial officer, asks other staffers how they could use Sanders’ religion, or lack of it, to hurt him with Southern Baptists.
Among emails from senior DNC officials, including then-chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were statements that revealed the DNC was actively trying to undermine Sanders’ campaign to the benefit of Clinton.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not only repeatedly denied that Russia or any “state party” was involved in the leaking of DNC emails, he has also appeared to hint that Rich might have been the source.
As WND reported, Burkman has organized the Profiling Project, a Washington, D.C.-based team of forensic psychology graduate students and instructors to find Rich’s killers. The group launched a website, WhoKilledSeth.com, and filed a lawsuit against the D.C. police, demanding the release of Rich’s medical examiner’s report, autopsy documents and ballistics reports, which are typically made public during murder investigations.
The DNC murdered Rich, Frazier alleged, because he was slated to expose how Clinton and the DNC collaborated to undermine Sanders’s candidacy and the American electorate.
“During this whole revolutionary movement, we were front-liners, and we watched what happened to Seth, and we seek to have justice for him as well, and to bring the DNC to their knees,” Frazier said.
Frazier claimed organizers of the Sanders campaign were aware Rich was going to expose damaging information about the DNC.
“Then all of a sudden, a few days later, before the convention got started off, he was killed,” he said.
“For this to have happened the way that it happened. Come on. We know the way that they play. If you are involved in politics, and you come from where I come from, they definitely play like that. Nothing is going to make me believe that that didn’t happened,” Frazier said.
The American populace will ultimately hold Democrats accountable, Frazier said, not only for election fraud but for suppressing minorities and inciting racial tension across the nation.
“We are not done with the Democrats, for what they have done to us, how they have divided our country. We will continue, and every top-down election that they face, they will run into a rigorous course of those of us who are independents – just like we showed Hillary Clinton,” he said.
While Democratic leadership is reliant on the African-American vote to maintain power, the Democrats are undermining the minority community with “bigotry,” as was showcased during the 2016 Democratic primary, Frazier said.
“This DNC has openly participated in bigotry and racial divide during the Democratic National Convention. We were there, we experienced it. We brought more than 40,000 people to Philadelphia – the Democrats didn’t even know what was coming to them,” he said. “They didn’t know the back-door organizations that were organizing behind the scenes – the Occupy DNC’s, the DC to DNC’s, the Bernie or Bust movement, the Black Men for Bernie movement, The Philly FYI movement. These were people that they had no clue about that were organizing across the country.
“We had folks on reservations. We had folks on battleships. We were very well organized for the Democratic National Convention, and we watched what they did to us in Philadelphia,” said Frazier.
“There really were no Democratic primaries in 2016. Sure, there were things that had the veneer of primaries, but they were rigged. They were the equivalent of elections in Stalin’s Russia. You had Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman at the time, who was a virtual staffer of Hillary Rodham Clinton – not even sure she would deny that. You just can’t have a system like that,” Burkman said. “Justice and redress are needed.”
Frazier said that in “the spirit of bipartisanship, we have filed this morning a case against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
“My plaintiffs are supporters and donors of Mr. Sanders, who were essentially defrauded. The Democratic National Committee rigged the process. This was not a legitimate campaign. We will show a detailed plan of collusion, and we plan to win significant relief for the plaintiffs in this case.”
Frazier, a former loyal Democrat and resident of the city of Camden, New Jersey, which is ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., said he is joining forces with Burkman and suing the DNC to form an alliance against “established states.”
“We mean business across this country. Democrats are not going to get away with what they’ve done – where they have taken us who are in the marginalized communities and left us out of the equation,” Frazier said. “When you see bipartisanship, that’s just to simply say to America that we are tired – we are tired of folks like these from established states who are abusing the established states and walk all over those of us who are in the marginalized community and say they have our best interests.
“They knock on our doors, they are the ones who have the envelopes and pass out the hot dogs and hamburgers during election time just so that they can buy off the votes so that they can keep themselves in office. They cheat at the polls, at the voting booths, so that those of us that are independents don’t have a true say in democracy,” he continued.
“Just like in the city of Camden, we don’t have a say on anything that directly or indirectly affects us as a people – can’t vote on a school board, can’t vote on our local police department,” he said. “This is what we see in this Democratic Party right here. This is what we have been chained and known to know all of our lives and we are tired of it. Now the Democrats have a problem on their hands, and it’s called the independents.”
Democrats in the House and Senate continue probing Trump campaign officials for allegedly colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. They claim Russia hacked the DNC emails that were published by WikiLeaks.
The Russia probe, however, Frazier asserted, is merely a strategy being employed by the Democratic Party leadership to deflect attention from its own electoral fraud, which has resulted in traditional Democratic voters abandoning the party.
“They’re still funneling around with the data, trying to figure out what happened. We are what happened,” he said. “We are the independents. Take a look at Sanders’ supporters during the primary. He had far more independents than Hillary Clinton could even think about having, and we knew that going into a contested primary,” he said.
“We gave the Democrats an opportunity to make things right, and they did not do that. That’s why so many of us have walked away – seeking a new party – that seeks to, for and by us.”
Two lawyers in Florida, Elizabeth and Jared Beck, have filed suit against the DNC for rigging the election, and a judge dismissed the case in August.
Burkman contends his lawsuit against the DNC will be more effective and prompt more accountability than the Becks’ suit.
“This will truly be historic in that it is the first time that Mrs. Clinton will be deposed on any number of these issues,” he said.
Burkman said the problem with the Becks’ case is that it should have never been filed in Florida.
“Here’s the key legal difference – the case will involve sensitive separations of power, it will involve members of Congress being subpoenaed. It will involve Washington figures being subpoenaed,” he said.
“A Florida federal judge has those powers, but typically – not by law – but by custom, federal judges outside of Washington and in the Southern District of New York will not do that,” he said. “You file in Florida, a judge will really dismiss the case, effectively telling you ‘you need to file this case in Washington, D.C.’”
He said Elizabeth Beck “did a great job, but she should have filed it here.”
“We are doing that now.”