Bernie Sanders’ supporters react as they listen to his speech during a campaign rally. (photos by AFP)
of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have filed a legal
action suit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its
chair for fraud and negligence in selecting a presidential nominee.
A class action lawsuit was filed
earlier this week in the US District Court for the Southern District of
Florida by the Miami law firm of Beck & Lee against the DNC and
chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, local news outlets reported Friday, citing attorney Jared beck, noting that the legal case makes six claims on behalf of its 121 claimants, beginning with fraud.
further alleges that Schultz lied to both the DNC as well as the
Vermont senator’s supporters over her “neutrality,” while actually
favoring former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Sanders speaks to supporters in Manhattan at an event on June 23, 2016 in New York City.
the DNC charter, the suit underlines how the party’s chair is bound to
exercise and maintain “impartiality and even-handedness” during the
presidential nominating process.
to internal email and memos that have been leaked by someone claiming
to have obtained them from Russian hackers that accessed DNC computer
files, the plaintiffs also insist that in fact “the DNC was biased in favor of one candidate – Hillary Clinton – from the beginning and throughout the process.”
legal complaint further quotes from a leaked 2015 memo that states the
DNC’s “goals in the coming months will be to frame the Republican field
and the eventual nominee early and to provide a contrast between the GOP
field and [Hillary Clinton].”
US Represetative from Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is also the chair of the Democratic National Committee
there being every indication that the 2016 Democratic primary would be
contested by multiple candidates, including Sanders, the DNC Memo makes
no mention of any Democratic candidate except Clinton, and builds the
DNC’s election strategy on the assumption that Clinton will be the
nominee, with no doubts attached,” the plaintiffs argued, according to
the court documents.
DNC has already acknowledged being hacked by Russians, but has not
confirmed the authenticity of any of the documents leaked out to the
press following the breach.
Clinton managed to win the
party’s nomination by grabbing 2,811 delegates, while Sanders only took
1,879 and could not reach the 2,383 needed.