The criminal investigation into the origins of the “Trump-Russia collusion” hoax is heating up as another court filing was put into motion Monday by Special Counsel John Durham, who continues to press the issue.
According to the Washington Examiner, Durham wants a judge to look at the documents that are currently blocked from investigators by attorney-client privilege claims by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
“The prosecutor submitted a filing in federal court Monday pointing to a Federal Election Commission ruling that fined those Democrats for violating rules with the funding of research that became a central part of the effort to accuse Clinton’s rival, Donald Trump, of collusion with Russia,” the Examiner reported.
Monday’s submission was part of the case being made against attorney Michael Sussmann who was indicted in September under suspicion of concealing the Clinton Campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” Rodney Joffe’s actions from FBI general counsel James Baker in September 2016 when he presented internet data suggesting the link between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank.
Sussmann represented both of the parties in question, but has since pleaded not guilty to the claims that he mis-lead the FBI during the incident in question. Durham, however, noted in his motion that recent made public FEC filings inlude a “conciliation agreement” between the DNC and Hillary for America, as well as Sussmann.
In their investigation the FEC cousin that it was at least “probable cause to believe” the Clinton campaign and the DNC improperly reported their payments to Perkins Coie for Fusion GPS’s opposition research as “legal and compliance consulting,” Durham said.
Durham went on to point out that evidence used at Sussmann’s trial — set to start this month — will likely reveal that in summer of 2016, the Clinton attorney along with Joffe and “agents of the Clinton campaign” were involved in illegal activity.
Namely, the activity in question was the assertion that they were “assembling and disseminating the Russian Bank-1 allegations and other derogatory information about Trump and his associates to the media and the U.S. government.” Durham’s filing also said he will “establish that these efforts amounted to a joint venture.”
Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention, opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and Perkins Coie have fought hard to keep Durham from compelling them to hand over the documents.
The groups in question argue that claims of attorney-client privilege would cover the documents, meaning that the records ought to remain concealed, adding that Fusion only provided legal services.
Their efforts have prevailed so far and a federal judge blocked Durham from introducing some of Clinton’s tweets into evidence during Sussmann’s trial, claiming they are immaterial to the case, and Wednesday, saw Judge Christopher Cooper denied Durham’s request to allow them as evidence in the coming trial of Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the FBI.
“Donald Trump has a secret server,” she said in a tweet. “It was set up to communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016