MIAMI – In a recently released YouTube video, attorney Jared H. Beck of
the Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers discusses the class-action complaint his office filed on June 28 against the former Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
This is the first of many consequences
the Democratic Party may face after allegations of manipulating millions of voters during the
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“Many asked, ‘what is the ultimate goal of this lawsuit?’ It
is an effort as attorneys to give a voice in the political system to all those who
have been defrauded by the conduct of the DNC in supporting and promoting
Hilary Clinton’s candidacy in violation of its own charter that requires it to
be neutral,” he said in the video. “And of course, those individuals are those who gave an
enormous amount of money to Bernie Sanders and his campaign.”
Beck said that people part of the lawsuit range from lawyers
and doctors who gave thousands of dollars to purchase billboard advertising to
promote Sanders, to people who are unemployed or even homeless, but they still
scraped up enough money to give to Sanders' campaign.
Despite the financial setbacks of Sanders supporters, Beck
wanted to be clear about one thing: this case is not about money.
“I don’t think you can put a dollar figure on American democracy
and, at the end of the day, I truly believe American democracy is what is at
stake in this lawsuit,” he said. “The conduct of the DNC is manifestly undemocratic.
Candidates are not supposed to be picked behind closed doors and sold to the
population through manipulation and deceit.”
The goal of this lawsuit is to ultimately get changes made,
“The DNC needs to act in accordance with its charter in order
to give democracy a fighting chance in this country,” he said. “How will this
lawsuit relate to the political process? This lawsuit is exempt from the
political process, but in terms of the political fight, that fight is not over
Beck proceeded to break down the lawsuit's claims, explaining the
importance of each.
essentially six legal claims we are asserting in this lawsuit on behalf of the
composed class members,” Beck said. “The first is a claim for fraud - against the
DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz - based on the revelations from the recent Guccifer
2.0 documents purportedly taken from the DNC’s own computer network.”
The Guccifer 2.0 documents include internal memos that
revealed how the DNC allegedly broke legally binding neutrality agreements in
the Democratic primaries by strategizing to make Hillary Clinton the nominee
before any votes were cast.
The second claim filed is for negligent misrepresentation. The
third claim accuses the DNC and Wasserman Schultz of participating in
deceptive conduct while claiming the DNC was neutral during the
Democratic primaries, despite overwhelming evidence that reveals favoritism
The fourth claim seeks retribution of any monetary
donations from the DNC to Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The fifth claim
alleges that the DNC broke its fiduciary duties during the Democratic primaries
to members of the Democratic Party by not holding a fair election
process. The sixth claim accuses the DNC of negligence for not protecting
donor information, since hackers broke into the DNC networks,
potentially compromising their personal information.
The 20,000 freshly leaked emails allegedly reveal resentful disdain toward
Sanders, as party purportedly favored Clinton long before any votes were cast.
On July 25, the Democratic National Convention began in
Philadelphia and Wikileaks recently announced that it is releasing thousands
of DNC emails.
What these emails are supposed to show is that instead of
treating Sanders with impartiality, the DNC exhibited resentment
toward him and the thousands of disenfranchised voters he could have
brought into the party.
Based on these most recent findings, Wasserman Schultz resigned.
Furthermore, the ink wasn’t dried on the resignation
signature before Clinton hired her as a top official for her campaign as
honorary chairman of the “50-state” program.