By Donna Brazile
While President Trump and his allies like to dismiss the idea of Russian interference in our elections as a “hoax,” those of us who were at the Democratic National Committee know better. We were the victims of a very real crime.
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Now the DNC has filed a civil lawsuit to address this outrage, and to bring attention to the crying need to protect the 2018 midterm elections.
I wholeheartedly endorse this action by DNC chair Tom Perez and the party to refocus attention on this frightening attack on our democracy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called it an “electronic Watergate,” and that's exactly right. While no adversaries broke down a door to the DNC headquarters, what they did was even more of an intrusion on our democracy.
They burrowed into our computer system and lurked there undetected for more than a year, siphoning off our private emails for later distribution via WikiLeaks, to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign. They sought to destroy the party by sowing discord and division, discrediting our nominee with salacious lies and disinformation, and forcing us to spend untold millions to protect our data, remedy the hacking, and set up a firewall against additional hacking.