A federal judge has handed another win to Special Counsel John Durham. GPS Fusion, the research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump’s supposed links to Russia, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper to give over two dozen emails to Durham’s team.
“Those emails, mostly between Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman and Fusion GPS, are part of a batch that prosecutors subpoenaed last year.” “U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper denied prosecutors access to 16 of the emails but granted Durham access to 22,” Fox News said.
Sussman is accused of reporting to the FBI cybersecurity experts’ worries regarding a possible hidden back channel of communications between Trump Organization computers and Russia-based Alfa Bank. The FBI examined the incident but discovered no suspicious ties.
Prosecutors said Sussmann deceived the FBI’s then-general counsel by claiming he was not attending the meeting on behalf of a specific client when, in fact, he was providing material on behalf of the Clinton campaign and a technology executive with whom he had previously worked. Sussman’s trial is expected to begin in federal court in Washington on Monday. He has entered a not-guilty plea.
Former Connecticut US Attorney John Durham was chosen by then-Attorney General William Barr in 2019 to investigate alleged government wrongdoing during the investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016 and possible links to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Sussmann is the third person to be charged thus far.
Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer who received probation after pleading guilty to tampering with an email, and Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst and source of material for Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled an anti-Trump dossier, are the other two. In November, Danchenko was charged with lying to the FBI during a 2017 interview.
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“Cooper decided that the 16 emails in question were protected by attorney-client privilege and attorney-work product, while the other 22 were not.” “However, due to the untimeliness of Durham’s request, the court determined that those emails will not be admissible in Sussman’s upcoming trial — who is accused with lying to the FBI at a September 2016 meeting,” according to the newspaper. A senior lawyer who worked for the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign has been charged in Durham.
Michael Sussmann was charged with lying to FBI lawyer James Baker about who he was representing when he supplied the bureau information on Donald Trump and Russia at a meeting in 2016. Sussmann’s legal team has been battling Durham on his claims that the attorney-client privilege protects a number of papers from Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Durham has argued that based on that premise, the campaign could not hide information because the contents were already extensively dispersed to other parties.
A federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled with Durham last week, ordering the former campaign to turn up the information sought by the special counsel. “UPDATE: Durham has taken the first round of the contest. The motion to compel filed by Durham has been granted.
Fusion GPS e-mails and documents will be submitted to the court for inspection in camera. After that, the court will decide whether the “privileges” apply. (The documents will be sent to Durham.)” wrote the Techno Fog Twitter account in a post that included screengrabs of the judge’s decision.
“Fusion GPS poisoned the public with deceptive ‘opposition research,'” the account remarked in mid-April in connection to the “Steele Dossier.” The Clinton campaign now claims that Fusion GPS was offering ‘legal assistance’ to keep papers out of Durham. They’re being caught up in their falsehoods.” Durham’s efforts to persuade a court to look into records covered by attorney-client privilege claims from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee were ramping up earlier this week, according to the Washington Examiner:
The prosecutor filed a document in federal court on Monday citing a Federal Election Commission order fining the Democrats for breaking regulations in supporting research that became a significant component of the attempt to accuse Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, of connection with Russia.
The submission is part of the case against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer who was indicted in September for allegedly concealing his clients from FBI general counsel James Baker in September 2016 when he presented internet data that suggested a now-discredited back channel link between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. Sussmann has entered a not-guilty plea.
Durham’s motion included FEC files that were recently made public, including the FEC’s “conciliation agreement” with the DNC and Hillary for America. According to the special counsel, the FEC found “probable cause to suspect” that the Clinton campaign and the DNC unlawfully misrepresented payments to Perkins Coie for Fusion GPS opposition research as “legal and compliance assistance.”
He went on to say that evidence presented at Sussmann’s trial, which is set to begin this month, will show that in late July 2016, Clinton’s lawyer, Joffe, and “agents of the Clinton campaign” were “assembling and disseminating the Russian Bank-1 allegations and other derogatory information about Trump and his associates to the media and the US government.”