Trump response to DNC suit 'very similar' to Nixon response to Watergate: DNC chair

George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez to discuss the party's civil lawsuit against Donald Trump's campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks.
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Transcript for Trump response to DNC suit 'very similar' to Nixon response to Watergate: DNC chair
there. Pardon? I gotta move on now. We havanother nelegal threat to id the surpriawthe DNC. Alleging the trump campaign, conspired to defeat Hillary Clinton. DNC chair Tom Perez joins us. Fromwashington. Mr. Chairman, thank you for joining us this morning. Hi,george. Youf people with lawsuit. You drew criticism from some Democrat David Axelrod put out earlier ill-timed. The stgye as a pain vendett everyone should chill out and let Mueller do his job. Uresponse? Ieaect for David axeld. I have great respect for director Mueller. And they can do their job while you have a C sg. Why we do this now, George? Three reasons. Number one, in order to file avil suit, U have to file within the applicable statute of limitations. I don't know whenector Mueller's investigation is going to end. So we need to file now to otect our ghts.no s?? cundo el dit number two, W have don our job. Done our homework. Over therse of theast year have seentory after story. Brick after brick in the conspiraween the rusans and the trump campaign to affect the outcome of the election.I did my hework. We have Rong case. That's why we brought it. Numb three. Ave to -- we have to deter misconduct. We have elections coming up in November. Hard to wiections when you have interference in elections.onduca. They have done it with impunity. I'm concerned it will happen again. That's why we did it now. No concern thatmight impact, might interfere wit themuinvestigation? No, I worked at the justice department for over a dozen years under republnd democraticinistrations. Our justice system has a criminal side and a civil side. I used to inveate police misconduct allegations. And while we were conducting the criminal proceeding, we invariably had civil suits that were filed. We were ablework out protocols so they wouldn't interfere the civil suit wouldn't inere with E criminal probe. We can do that again here. I vereat confince in director Mueller. We have a civil justice prong of our lesy I believe it's critically important here to seek justice justicia gal. Frankly, as Joe mcma said awhile agothe Russian misconduct, we have not imposed efficient costs on Russia for election. That iue. What hdidn't say why. Know why.is government 'T impose sufficnt costs bec they on with the government of russia.and, we have to deter this conduct. We can't allow T happen again, geo that's why we're doing it. We heard fropresident trump on Twitter. Just heard the campaign was sued hetionist Democrat this could be good news in that we'll counfor the DNC server that the refused tgio the FBI. The Debbie was Schultz rvers and E document held bythe pakisti story man. And Clinton does that threat worry you? Not in E least. The beauty of the civil justice syst, which is why iel it, George, inot trial by twe. Thiss ING to be aroo court with Devin nunes. It will be an article three WHE facts matand justice is served. If they want to elite 11. Yot sanction for trying to do things like that. That's we we have Vil Stice system. You can't fire this judge who will preside over the ca U can't on defendants civicase. Ink it's simant for thican people to see the . We are fhting as docrats to make sure our democracy works. We're fighting for good jobs healare for all. We'rghting to serve our demoacy. At's why T lit is so T. What Donald Trump said is Milar to what the Nixon administration said in 1972 when the DNC served them with a lawsuit then., they're in gd company, with the Nixon administrn, orge. How about the art you're misdirected here? You have midterms Ming up. Decrats have to put out a positi agenda. You're missihe boat by by following the sec of investigating trump, sng trump, looking back at campaign. U' missing the boat, it gointo backfire? George, we can walk and chew gum. We're fig for goojo good tergood education.health carfo we're fighting to preserve our democracy. You elections -- it's a lot hardeto win elections if you have interference in electis. Wee ding at the DNC a strong voter protection infrastructure one way to make sureprotect voters this November is to make sure we are doing our level best to eurerference never occurs again. We havbeng elections bee en talking about the issues. We contitot the issue we have Nie ground in Arizona for Tuesday's election. We had organizers on the ground in the election into at occurred a couple of weeks ago. We'rganizing everywhere. We're winning everywhere. One of the reasons we're winning is people believe we should that's whatrethis lawsuit, George. We can walk and chew gum. Tom perthank you R your tihit. We'll be right back. "Dtable" is up next.

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