This is not good for Democrats.
In a new filing, special counsel John Durham alleges that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, its lawyer, and a tech executive participated in a “joint venture” to gather and spread dirt about former President Donald Trump while he was still mounting a Presidential campaign in 2016.
The shocking claim came in a 48-page motion filed on Monday evening and formed part of a request that additional evidence is allowed to be admitted ahead of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann’s pending trial, where he faces charges of lying to the FBI.
The case against Sussman stems from a September 18, 2016, text that Sussman sent to then-FBI general counsel James Barker, a text message that was reproduced in the 48-page filing.
In the message, Sussman mentions that he has something which is both “time-sensitive (and sensitive)” that he needs to discuss. He then asks the former FBI general counsel if he has any availability for September 19 “for a short meeting.”
Sussman concludes the message, stating that he is coming on his own “not on behalf of a client or company” but simply from a desire to “help the Bureau.”
But prosecutors say that Sussman was acting on behalf of a client — that client being the Hillary Clinton campaign — and had deceived Baker by stating otherwise.
Monday’s filing also suggests that preparation for Sussman’s meeting with Baker began months before, sometime between “late July and early August.”
During the preparation, Tech Executive-1, who has since been identified as Rodney Joffe, told employees at Virginia-based Neustar, where Joffe was a senior vice president, that they should “mine and assemble internet data that would support an ‘inference'” which tied Trump to Russia.