An executive exploited his access in order to come up with a narrative linking Trump to Russia, suggests court filings, providing sufficient material to suspect that the Clinton campaign paid a tech firm to link Trump to Russia.
An startling new legal document (read below) claims that lawyers for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign paid an IT firm to “infiltrate” systems at Trump Tower and the White House in order to set up a “narrative” linking Donald Trump to Russia.
A Justice Department prosecutor examining the origins of the FBI’s ‘Russiagate’ probe filed a formal motion (read down below) in a District of Columbia court on Friday regarding potential falling-out by former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann. Sussmann pleaded not guilty to a single count of lying to federal authorities in the past.
Sussmann, a lawyer at Perkins Coie, the legal firm that represented the Democrats and Clinton’s campaign, supposedly told the FBI two months before the 2016 election that he was not acting on behalf of Clinton when he supplied the bureau with apparently damaging materials.
Sussmann allegedly submitted “purported data” and “white papers” to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and an unnamed “technology executive” at a US tech firm, according to Special Counsel John Durham’s petition. They appeared to be referring to a “covert communications route” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank (also known as “Russian Bank-1”).
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Durham claims that Sussmann “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations,” citing his “billing records.” According to the motion, this involves an anonymous campaign lawyer, the tech executive (referred to as “Tech Executive-1”), an investigative business, several cyber-researchers, and personnel from “multiple internet companies.”
It claims that the executive “exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data” and instructed academics at an unidentified US institution to “mine Internet data” in order to come up with a “inference” and “narrative” linking Trump to Russia. According to the executive, he was striving “to please certain VIPs.”
The FBI discovered that the email server in question was maintained by an advertising business that sent out promotional emails for Trump’s hotels, among other things, while many US media sites used the Alfa Bank allegations as proof of Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin.
According to the lawsuit, “domain name system (DNS) Internet traffic” from Trump Tower, Trump’s New York City residence complex, and the White House was among the internet data exploited. It claimed that Tech Executive-1’s employer (dubbed “Internet Company-1”) offered DNS resolution services to the White House, and that the executive and his allies took advantage of the relationship to mine data for “derogatory information” on Trump.
The motion claims that Sussmann then used this information in 2017 to create “an updated set of allegations” regarding Trump’s alleged Russian ties with another US government agency which included “suspicious DNS lookups” and “Russian-made wireless phones.” Durham stated that he found “no support for these allegations,” adding that some of the searches took place as early as 2014, under Obama’s presidency.
In a statement released on Saturday, Trump demanded “reparations,” saying the filing gave “indisputable evidence” that his campaign and presidency were “spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign” to “develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia.”
“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,” he continued, noting that there was a time when the alleged crime “would have been punishable by death.”
Clinton has not yet issued an official statement.
Sussmann’s lawyers stated last year that their client had “committed no crime,” and that the claims against him were “baseless [and] unprecedented. Furthermore, a lawyer for the person who provided Sussmann the Alfa Bank allegations claimed that his client was unaware that his law business had a connection to the Clinton campaign “and was simply doing the right thing.”
Sussmann represented the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in court proceedings stemming from an alleged 2016 computer attack. Clinton and the Democratic National Committee both blamed Russia, but they couldn’t prove it.
The first Russia investigation grew into a two-year investigation led by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was unable to find proof of collaboration between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Read the full legal motion below: