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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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For the life of me people claiming Russian didn't happen must have their heads in the sand or up trump's butt! what is the Trump Administration hiding and lying about if Russia didn't happen?

don't worry it will all repeat itself when Hillary runs again in 2020-- mark my words

Ironically, while the DNC gets away with rigging last years primaries, by doing so and being exposed, they have lost even more credibility, guaranteeing less membership, and less votes, for the foreseeable future. The timing sucks because we have this psychopath in the White House, but if all us independents made our own party we'd by far outweigh the democrats or the republicans, and possibly both combined. Debbie you really have done a great deal of damage, ultimately to the DNC and the country.

She will be in prison this time next year. The only reason she isn't already is because Hillary and Obama know she'll sing either like a canary or sequel like a pig on all of them.

Media moguls and left wing reporters be damned, Trump was right again, the system is rigged. As if anyone actually thought that it wasn't. So how about the Republican party, do they rig the system too? Well, considering Donald Trump is president and Ted Cruz is not, I would say NO.

They TRIED to rig it! Trump rolled over them and clearly slaughtered his 16 opponents in the primaries. When 80% of your audience are holding Trump signs (the cameras didn't show this of course), it would have been pandemonium if he lost. Keep in mind that his base are 2nd amendment folks. I was worried what would happen if the RNC became any more blatant with respect to their own favoritism.

Democratic party needs to be torn down and rebuilt! Rampant fraud throughout, collusion with the media, cheating its own candidates...and repulsive crooks like Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

On top of that, corrupt judges who let them go free.

boy Bill, you sure have been drinking the Kool-Aid... Social Security is not socialist you idiot, you pay in over your lifetime of working, so you can draw out upon retirement, unless of course you are Bill and C Breeze who have been on entitlements their whole life, live in trailer parks and blast the left like they are entitled...

Social Security is socialist in that it is NOT voluntary. They take money from each paycheck and you have no choice. Freedom to invest privately is the opposite of socialism. Socialism, the government says the people are too stupid to handle their own money properly so we will do it for them. My! Just look at the government's expert mishandling of our money.

And that would be absolutely true IF, it where not categorically wrong. Social Security does not work in the way it was designed to work. The moment that someone was allowed to claim benefits that had never paid into the system it became as much of a socialist entitlement as the public welfare system. I have paid into it for over 30 years and it will be gone by the time I retire so I will never get a penny back. That's what happens with a socialist program, it fails and the people are left holding the bag.

Democrats, the way to fix the corruption in your party which by no stretch of the imagination is epidemic is simply vote them out! Vote for the other party and send a message even if it means fro some of you to hold your nose.

You Democrat folks might want to reconsider your donations to the Democrat National Committee (DNC) in the future as: "throwing good money after bad "... Look what it got you...NOTHING!!! (Well, 'nothing' EXCEPT a clear picture of TRUE thieving Democrat politicians.) signed:// "a recovering Democrat"

You are not a recovering Dem, you are a washed up, trailer park, Fox News , NY Repub through and through...

Mercy patsure breeze ... did your mother drop you on your head as an infant rendering you this stupid? ... or have you simply bought into the corrupt "SCREW YOUR BUDDY" and the nation along with it mentality of the DNC leftists? If your intent was to display an IQ under my shoe size? BRAVO! ... today you were a success at something!

I wish more people even knew this happened . Can that be corrected? I'm tired of trying to get people to CARE! America is to busy watching news stories on racism.(CIA stories) Will that ever change? Two questions that are both answered with , nope.

Wasserman Shultz carries on the proud tradition of the Democrat Communist Party and it's boss Crooked Hillary Clinton, political crime boss extraordinaire.

What you just said is truly called SLANDER. Hillary NEVER was convicted of a crime. She has done more to advance this country than you could ever admit. To call the Democratic Party communist is a show of fierce ignorance. Like Hillary, the Democratic party has done a lot for this country....what about the Social Security system? Democrats have NOTHING to be ashamed of. Now let's talk about the Republicans.....shall we start with trump?.....

With all due respect....your moral compass is so out of whack I'm surprised if you can find your way to the bathroom in your own house! Hillary alliwed 4 Americans to be slaughtered in Benghazi and LIED about it being because of some video...which was incontrovertibly proven not to be. You're DELUSIONAL to state she has "done more for this nation". Oh she sure has....more DAMAGE! And the Democrats gave us Social Security huh? You know what else Democrats gave us? Slavery! That's right....the Democratic party supported slavery before and during the Civil War. You know what else Democrats gave us? The KKK! That's right.....the Klu Klux Klan was created by and supported for decades by the Democratic party. So please.....knock off the BS and quit spewing untruths and non-facts. Democrats and everything they stand for are the scourge on this nation........however, their true colirs have shone through the past eight years......and Americans have taken note....ergo, we elected Trump! And to the wonderfully delicious shock and devastatingly exquisite dismay od Democrats. It's funny.......Democrats simply cannot comprehend why or how anyone could possibly think differently than they do! That's called Libtardism.

In 1935 when FDR signed into law Social Security, my Dad said: "Mark my word, this act will lead to the ruination of the country !" Starting with a small monthly stipend to help retirees beginning at age 65, it has grown like a cancer now to include aid for dependent children and the disabled. The Social Security Act also gave birth to the entitlement attitude that has spread throughout our society. Dad was right on target !

YEAH SCREW THOSE DISABLED PEOPLE! How DARE they get any help!

“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.” And you really think that 'not being convicted' is a testament to the honesty and trustworthiness of Hillary Clinton. Worse, you actually believe there is some difference between the wings of the RepubliCratic Party. Priceless!

BEHOLD: another blind Lemming "outed"! ! !

That's not correct. It's only slander if the statement is untrue. It doesn't have anything to do with whether or not the person in question has been convicted of the offense for which she is accused.

Technically it's Libel, in order for it to be slander it has to be spoken out loud.

...also, the social security system is socialist. No person capable of thought would possibly say the the Democratic party is not socialist.

Keep clutching your pearls, bill OH IT'S SOCIALIST! I NEVER!

Oh my gosh, what is in the water your drinking? Are you saying Hillary Clinton is innocent of crime?

Oh my gosh, what is in the water your drinking? Are you saying Hillary Clinton is innocent of crime?

Nancy, you wrote that DWS confirmed "what was already widely suspected: that the DNC did indeed rig the primary." But you don't provide any evidence in your article.. You don't explain when she said this.....How did she/the DNC rig the primaries? Strong arm the Republican state lawmakers into making Fla primaries closed so NPs and Independents could not vote in the Dem primary?.....If you are going to make allegations, you should include the proof.

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