Will Hillary soon be behind bars?
A filing from Special Counsel John Durham accuses lawyers from the Clinton campaign of paying a tech firm to “infiltrate” Trump Tower servers before targeting servers in the White House. According to the filing, this was done to establish an “inference” and “narrative,” which they could bring to government agencies that showed a link between former President Donald Trump and Russia.
The motion filed on February 11 focuses on a potential conflict of interest held by former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann when he made a representation to the FBI.
Sussman has been charged with making a false statement to a federal agent, a charge he has pleaded not guilty to.
In the indictment, Sussman is accused of making a false claim to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the Presidential election. When he requested the meeting with Baker, he said he was not doing work “for any client.” Then, during the meeting, he presented “purported documents and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communication channel” Alfa-Bank, which has links to the Kremlin and the Trump organization.
Yet Durham’s February 11 filing shows that Sussman “had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a technology executive (Tech Executive 1) at a U.S.-based internet company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.”
The filing cites Sussman’s “billing records,” saying that it reflected Sussman had “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations.” It also went on to claim that in July 2016, Sussman and the “Tech Executive” met with a law partner, believed to be Marc Elias, who was serving as General Counsel to the Clinton campaign at the time.
It alleges that the tech executive “exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data” and worked alongside Sussman, a U.S. investigative firm retained by Law Firm-1, employees at numerous internet companies, and cyber researchers, to “assemble the purported data and white papers.”
The filing also claimed that Sussman used researchers from a U.S.-based university to analyze “large amounts of Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract.”
The filing alleges these researchers were tasked by Tech Executive-1 to mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia,” something the filing says Tech Executive-1 indicated he did to “please certain ‘VIPs,’ referring to individuals at Law Firm-1 and the Clinton campaign.”
Reacting to the filing on Saturday evening, former President Donald Trump said, the filing provided “indisputable evidence that my 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.”
He continued his remarks, saying, “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.”