Special counsel John Durham’s team is said to be looking closely at the role of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign in spreading allegations about Russian collusion with GOP nominee Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Examiner, some of the most direct evidence yet has emerged to signal a Clinton-backed conspiracy to frame Trump as an agent of the Kremlin.
“Multiple former employees”
In a court document, Durham referenced an attorney who represented the Clinton campaign “as well as multiple former employees of that campaign” as part of his ongoing probe.
The lawyer, Robert Trout, reportedly worked at the same firm that represented Igor Danchenko, a Russian source for the widely discredited dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele. Such connections could pose a conflict of interest, Durham argued, noting that he plans to call on Clinton campaign staffers to testify.
“On each of these issues, the interest of the Clinton Campaign and the defendant might diverge,” he added.
Though its outrageous allegations have been largely debunked, the Steele dossier was nevertheless used by the FBI to spy on a member of the Trump campaign.
In recent months, the Durham probe has yielded a steady stream of reports exposing the apparent depth of the Clinton campaign’s role in spreading the Trump-Russia narrative.
Durham probe nets multiple indictments
The special counsel indicted Danchenko for lying to the FBI about one of his sources, Clinton ally Charles Dolan Jr., who reportedly visited a Moscow hotel that would play a key role in the collusion allegation.
One Clinton campaign lawyer reportedly met with the FBI to push unproven claims about Trump’s ties to a notorious Russian bank. He has since been charged with misrepresenting the facts.
Additionally, an FBI lawyer was convicted of manipulating evidence used to spy on the Trump campaign and received a probated sentence.
Despite the close ties to the 2016 Democratic nominee, it remains unlikely that Clinton herself will face prosecution. After all, she was never prosecuted for an email scandal that effectively doomed her presidential campaign.
Nevertheless, Durham seems committed to following the evidence as it apparently leads deeper within Clinton’s inner circle.