May 24, 2022

Court filing: Clinton-paid operatives spied on Trump in 2016 and beyond

In yet another shocking twist to the ongoing probe of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, a filing made by Special Counsel John Durham suggests that attorneys for the Hillary Clinton campaign hired a technology firm to gain access to Trump Tower as well as White House servers to prompt subsequent inquiries by federal authorities, according to Fox News.

The outlet reported over the weekend that a motion from Durham filed on Friday outlined a series of possible conflicts of interest involving the lawyers representing former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who, as The Hill has noted, was indicted last year on a federal false statement charge.

In the charging document for Sussmann, it is alleged that Sussmann told former FBI General Counsel James Baker that he was not representing any particular client when he met with federal authorities and presented information purporting to show the existence of a communications conduit between Kremlin-tied Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization, conversations that occurred just two months prior to the 2016 presidential election and sparked the collusion narrative that ultimately mushroomed.

However, the Feb. 11 motion from Durham states that Sussmann had in fact provided the aforementioned information to the FBI at the behest of no fewer than two distinct clients, namely an unnamed tech executive as well as the Hillary Clinton campaign, and it also states that Sussmann’s legal billing records show multiple entries charging the Clinton campaign for work on the “Russian Bank-1 allegations.”

The motion also states that the tech executive in question asked researchers at an American university to “mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia,” adding that the tech executive was” seeking to please certain ‘VIPs'” that included folks inside the Clinton campaign.

According to Durham’s filing, when Sussmann goes to trial, it will be demonstrated that included in the Internet data exploited under the aforementioned scheme was domain name system traffic related to “Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and the Executive Office of the President of the United States.”

Trump offered his take on the revelations late on Saturday, declaring that the motion from Durham “provides indisputable evidence that [his] campaign and presidency were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia.”

The former commander in chief continued, “This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution,” adding, “[i]n a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio also opined on the matter, saying, “Yep, there was spying going on, and it was worse than we thought because they were spying on the sitting president of the United States,” and he then echoed the sentiments of countless Americans by adding, “God bless John Durham.”

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