The American Civil Liberties Union and a former Trump campaign chair have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, former presidential candidate and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and their campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by the American Civil Rights Union and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which is affiliated with the Democratic National Committee.
The suit claims that Trump lied in a deposition about meeting his former business partner and former campaign chairman, George Papadopoulos, in December 2016.
Papadopolous was an adviser to the Trump campaign, and Lewandowski is the current campaign manager for Trump.
The three men have denied the allegations, and Papadolou and Lewanopolous have been placed on leave from the Trump administration.
The complaint says the allegations “could lead to a conflict of interest, or lead to an improper or illegal use of campaign resources,” and that the Trump team “is aware of the potential impact that Papadopoulous’ testimony could have.”
The suit also claims that Papads meetings with Lewandowski and other senior campaign officials “may have been improper because Papadoulous has stated that he was not a member of the Trump family.”
It further claims that “the defendants, through their attorney, are aware that Papadas statements have raised concerns about Papads employment by the Trump organization.”
The lawsuit also claims the campaign’s communications director, Hope Hicks, was “a party to the suit,” though Hicks has denied the accusations.
The Trump campaign denied the lawsuit, saying in a statement, “We have vigorously defended Mr. Papads deposition and the allegations against him.”
The complaint also alleges that Papados “mischaracterized, mischaracterized and exaggerated” his testimony.
The allegations against Trump’s campaign team were first reported by Politico.