Special Counsel John Durham, investigating the FBI’s wild goose hunt into possible Russian collusion between the Trump campaign, said in a new court filing that Clinton campaign lawyers hired a tech company to “infiltrate” servers at Trump Tower and in the Trump White House in an effort to create a “narrative” linking former President Donald Trump to Russia.
The revelation comes via a court filing issued late last week that centered on possible conflicts of interest between the representation of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who has already been charged with allegedly feeding false information to the FBI.
The indictment against Sussman involves a deliberate lie that he told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, just two months before the 2016 presidential election, when he said that he was not working “for any client” when he came forward with purported data of a covert communications channel between the Kremlin, Alfa-Bank, and the Trump Organization.
According to Durham’s Feb. 11 filing under the title “Factual Background,” Sussman “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 notes that Sussman and the tech executive were in contact with another Clinton campaign lawyer.
According to the filing, during the summer of 2016, the tech executive worked alongside Sussman and an investigative firm hired by the Clinton campaign to gather “data” on Trump.
The filing states that “Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data,” and “enlisted the assistance of researchers at a U.S.-based university who were receiving and analyzing large amounts of Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract.”
Researchers were tasked with mining internet data to “establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia.”
The tech company that the tech executive worked for had special access to servers at the Executive Office of the President. According to the report, “Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.”
Author: Mary Wilson