The class action lawsuit Wilding, et. al. v. DNC Services, d/b/a Democratic National Committee and Deborah “Debbie” Wasserman Schultz will be heard Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The lawsuit was originally filed on June 28, 2016.
The lawsuit, filed by a group of Bernie Sanders supporters, alleges that leaders in the Democratic Party propped up Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary over Sanders, violating the DNC’s own rules on neutrality. The lawsuit was filed nearly a month before WikiLeaks dumped over 20,000 DNC emails, some of which indeed showed explicit bias in favor of Clinton and efforts to marginalize Sanders’ campaign.
All the court-filed documents can be found here.
These emails included plans to target Sanders’ religious beliefs, pitching a story that his campaign was in disarray, media collusion, and prepping statements about the end of his campaign in April. Then DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz even reportedly sent an email calling Sanders’ campaign director an “ass” for declaring that his candidate would continue to fight on to the convention.
But that isn’t all, and you can read more here. Wasserman Schultz resigned her position in wake of the email scandal.
Now, Sanders supporters will have a chance to make their case against the DNC and Wasserman Schultz before a federal judge. District Court Judge William J. Zloch scheduled oral argument earlier this month on the defendant’s motion to dismiss. Defendants will make the case that plaintiffs lack standing.