The Washington Times reports that a federal judge has just ordered Fusion GPS, the research firm linked to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, to hand over a batch of emails to special counsel John Durham, the man investigating the Russia-Trump collusion hoax.
This is a big victory for Durham, and it is a big defeat for Clinton.
Release the emails
Durham had subpoenaed 38 emails last year as part of his investigation. Both Fusion GPS and Clinton’s 2016 campaign tried their hardest to keep the emails out of Durham’s hands.
While Durham argued that the emails were needed to further his investigation, Fusion GPS claimed that they were protected by the attorney-client privilege.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper partially agreed with both sides on Thursday. Cooper ordered Fusion GPS to hand over 22 of the 38 emails. The remaining 16 emails, Cooper agreed, were protected by the attorney-client privilege.
As for the emails that have been ordered to be released, the Washington Times reports that they “largely consist of internal communications between Fusion GPS and [Clinton campaign lawyer Michael] Sussmann detailing efforts by the Clinton campaign to pitch to media outlets negative stories tying Mr. Trump to a Russian bank.”
The Times adds, “some of the emails include discussions about circulating a draft version of a background white paper Mr. Sussmann compiled that pushed a now-debunked conspiracy theory of covert communications between Mr. Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank.”
You now probably can understand why Fusion GPS and Clinton’s campaign worked so hard to keep the emails out of Durham’s hands.
The trial is about to commence
Sussmann is one of three individuals whom Durham has indicated in his investigation of the Russia-Trump collusion hoax. Sussmann is facing a charge of lying to federal authorities.
The charge stems from a meeting that Sussmann convened with the FBI in 2016. Sussmann called the meeting to present agents with a phony link between Trump and the Russia-linked Alfa Bank. This is not, though, the basis of the charge.
Rather, the basis of the charge is Sussmann telling the FBI that he was not working for anybody. Durham alleges that Sussmann was working for both Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as a tech executive at the time.
Sussmann’s trial is set to commence on Monday. He has pled not guilty. Judge Cooper has ruled that the emails cannot be used in the trial because of the timing of Durham’s request.