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Wasserman Schultz, DNC Rigged the Primary, but Judge Dismisses Fraud Suit Anyway

August 27, 2017 - 7:45pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, accused in a class-action lawsuit of rigging the 2016 Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, was cleared of fraud in a Miami federal court last week. 

But not before confirming what was already widely suspected: that the DNC did indeed rig the primary.

Wasserman Schultz, former Democratic National Committee chair, became embroiled in a political scandal during last year's U.S. presidential election after a DNC email hack revealed her criticisms of Clinton's Democratic rival Bernie Sanders -- which Sanders' supporters said was conduct that goes against the DNC's official neutrality in primary contests.

The complaint, which involved 150 Democrats, accused Wasserman Schultz and the DNC of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in the alleged election fix.

More than half of the plaintiffs were Sanders supporters who gave money to his campaign. The suit claimed the plaintiffs are entitled to punitive damages in addition to refunds for the money they contributed in good faith. 

Federal Judge William Zloch dismissed the suit brought by the plaintiffs' two Miami lawyers, Jared and Elizabeth Beck.

However, the DNC’s attorneys never bothered refuting the lawsuit’s claim that the primary process was biased against Sanders. 

Instead, they argued the DNC has a right to conduct primaries however it chooses, and, furthermore, that Sanders supporters knew the primaries were rigged, therefore relieving the DNC of any responsibility it might have had.

This, from the New York Observer: “DNC attorneys claim Article V, Section 4 of the DNC Charter -- stipulating that the DNC chair and their staff must ensure neutrality in the Democratic presidential primaries -- is “a discretionary rule that it didn’t need to adopt to begin with.” Based on this assumption, DNC attorneys asserted that the court cannot interpret, claim, or rule on anything associated with whether the DNC remains neutral in their presidential primaries.”

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“The Court would have to find that people who fervently supported Bernie Sanders and who purportedly didn’t know that this favoritism was going on would have not given to Mr. Sanders, to Senator Sanders, if they had known that there was this purported favoritism.” 

Zloch confirmed this in his judgment: "The Court must now decide whether Plaintiffs have suffered a concrete injury particularized to them, or one certainly impending, that is traceable to the DNC and its former chair's conduct -- the keys to entering federal court. The Court holds that they have not, which means the truth of their claims cannot be tested in this Court."

Elizabeth Beck told Florida Bulldog that confirmation from Russian hackers' released documents convinced her and her husband to go ahead with the lawsuit: “'The lawsuit was filed based on that information. Everyone, including the people who hired us, reached the same conclusion that the process was rigged.'”

Beck also launched a Facebook page that has grown to more than 57,000 followers and started the political action committee JamPAC, Florida Bulldog wrote. She has been using JamPAC’s website to post lawsuit updates and documents.

Sunshine State News was unable to reach Wasserman Schultz over the weekend.

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith

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Seriously? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/24/here-are-the-latest-most-damaging-things-in-the-dncs-leaked-emails/?utm_term=.48e06f1c77d1

"Diane", you wouldn't recognize "TRUTH" even if it was "bottle fed" to you...(just like other Lemmings of your ilk).

From the ruling: "In evaluating Plaintiffs’ claims at this stage, the Court assumes their allegations are true——that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her Democratic opponents. "

We need to rethink keeping her in office. This is just too much. We have supported Debbie a long time. Maybe she needs to retire. Her focus on our district is nil today and all she seems to care about is national office e and money. Debbie, be honorable. Resign would be the best thing.

Be honorable? Did you not read the article?

DWS doesn't have to 'retire',...VOTE HER OUT ! She hasn't "focused", or done anything, for your District-23 (except "pull the wool over your eyes") for almost 14 years. You expect HER to "fall on her sword" and resign?!?!? NEVER HAPPEN,..she doesn't have an "honorable bone" in her entire corrupt body !

yeah, almost as bad as washed up idiots from NY...

It all comes down to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She is reasonable for rigging the primary she is responsible for letting Imran Awan get access to the DNC emails. God only know what else she is responsible for. Meanwhile the Russia investigation goes on while Debbie knows it never happened.

You are absolutely right.

Debbie is not doing the investigation. You must be the only person on the globe who has not heard that 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia interfered with the election.

You haven't been following the news! Or maybe you've just been watching MSNBC! Those "17" agencies have been reduced to "possibly 3"! The pathetic, KoolAid drinking Democrats are stabbing around in the dark looking for something to pin on Trump. Even many liberal commentators now are pulling back from the Trump Russia collusion bullshit story that was intended to distract Americans from the many verifiable crimes committed by the left (with evidence) and the fact that Crooked Hillary blew $1.2 billion on her failed campaign!

You must be the only person on the globe who hasn't seen the number 17 drop to 8, 7, 6, 5 and now 3. Also the ex head of the NSA for the last 20 years just said the other day that there is no way there was collusion and its political and he's a Democrat, James Clapper, Feingold, Pelosi, Sanders and all claimed there is yet one piece of evidence of collusion.......

I don't trust the US intelligence agencies. You will see it was an inside job.

MAN, You people in Pembroke Pines and Aventura are truly "blind" and lost in your ignorance ! ! ! (and, sadly, you're not ashamed to "show it" !)

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