Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier ‘Not Supportive’ of DNC Lawsuit: It’s ‘Ill-Conceived’
Rep. Jackie Speier (D—CA) described the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against Russia, the Trump campaign and Wikileaks as an “ill-conceived” idea that’s “not in the interest of the American people” during a Friday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
The California Democrat slammed the newly-announced lawsuit, which alleges the DNC paid upwards of $1 million on repairs after a massive hack into the party’s email accounts and claimed Trump aides encouraged Russia to interfere in the 2016 election by undermining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I actually think this lawsuit is ill-conceived, and I’m not very supportive of it,” Speier said Friday. “I think we have a very serious criminal activity underway in this country by the Russians and possibly by those within the Trump campaign and to make this political is actually the wrong thing to be doing.”
“I’m not interested in a political tit-for-tat — I’m interested in getting to the truth, and if there is criminal conduct, holding people accountable,” she added.
The lawsuit received blowback from both sides of the aisle, including from the media on Friday, when CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger described it as a “100% stunt” produced to “raise money” for the party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Rep. Speier questioned some claims made in the lawsuit, indicating that multiple investigations into the 2016 election remain ongoing, urging her party to wait for a final analysis before creating such controversy.
“I think the interest in coordinating a conspiracy is something that we have been delving into, we are continuing to delve into it,” she continued. “I certainly think that Bob Mueller and the special counsel office has much more information than we have. And we will know soon enough. But I think this sidebar lawsuit is not in the interest of the American people.”
Watch above, via CNN.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]