According to FoxNews, lawyers for the Clinton campaign hired a technology company to “penetrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower, and subsequently the White House, in order to develop a “inference” and “story” to convey to federal agencies associating Donald Trump to Russia.
On February 11, Durham filed a petition focusing on potential conflicts of interest relating to the defense of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, whose been charged with making false statements to a federal agent. Sussman has entered a not-guilty plea.
Sussman told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, only about two months before the 2016 presidential election, that he was not working “for any client” when he requested and called a meeting in which he conveyed “purported data and ‘white papers’ that reportedly proved a covert communications channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Russian government.
Sussman’s “billing records reveal,” according to Durham’s filing, that he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 accusations.”
Sussman and the Tech Executive met and talked with another law partner who was functioning as General Counsel to the Clinton campaign, according to the petition. According to Fox News, the lawyer is Marc Elias, who formerly worked at the legal firm Perkins Coie.
According to Durham’s filing, in July 2016, the tech executive collaborated with Sussman, a U.S. investigative firm hired by Law Firm 1 on behalf of the Clinton campaign, as well as multiple cyber researchers and personnel from several internet companies, to “assemble the purported data and white papers.”
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Durham noted that the government would then establish during Sussman’s trial that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his partners exploited was domain name system (DNS) internet traffic referring to “(I) a specific healthcare provider, (II) Trump Tower, (III) Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and (IV) the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP).”
According to Durham, Tech Executive-1’s internet firm “had come to access and maintain dedicated servers” for the Executive Office of the President as “part of a sensitive relationship whereby it offered DNS resolution services to the EOP.”
According to the petition, Sussman sent “an updated collection of claims” in 2017, including the Russian bank data and new charges connected to Trump, to “a second agency of the United States government.”
Durham states that the assertions “relied, in part, on the supposed DNS traffic” that Tech Executive-1 and others “had gathered relative to Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s New York City residential building, the EOP, and the aforementioned healthcare provider.”
Durham made a point of saying that data acquired by Tech Executive-1 revealed that searching began as early as 2014, under the Obama administration and years before Trump took office, calling this “another truth which the charges overlooked.”