Special Counsel John Durham may not use Hillary Clinton’s tweets from the eve of the 2016 election as evidence in the criminal trial of her former campaign lawyer, the judge decided.
Judge Christopher Cooper, an Obama appointee, said that the tweets linking Donald Trump and Russia are hearsay and likely “duplicative,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Durham judge blocks Clinton tweet
Durham has accused Michael Sussmann, a former Clinton campaign lawyer, of lying to the FBI about his background when he pushed phony data to the feds purporting to connect Trump and a Russian bank.
The so-called Alfa Bank connection was publicized by then-candidate Clinton, who tweeted just days before the election that “computer scientists” had “uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
Sussmann’s lawyers complained that dragging Clinton’s name into the case would prejudice the trial and leave jurors with an impression that Clinton was “part of the Special Counsel’s uncharged conspiracy and that she had a direct interest or involvement in Mr. Sussmann’s efforts.”
They claimed that there is “no evidence” that Sussmann’s meeting with the FBI “had anything to do with the Clinton Campaign’s broader media strategy.”
But Durham said the tweets “show the existence of the defendant’s attorney-client relationship with the Clinton Campaign, which is directly relevant to the false statement charge.”
Digging into the Clinton conspiracy
Durham has alleged that Sussmann was part of a “joint venture” with a tech executive, Rodney Joffe — who hired those “computer scientists” Clinton mentioned to mine Trump’s personal web servers — and others to undermine then-candidate Trump with a “narrative” linking him and Russia.
Sussmann pushed the Alfa Bank story to the media and even Christopher Steele, the British spy behind the notorious, bogus dossier that formed the nucleus of the Russian collusion narrative.
The dossier was paid for by Perkins Coie, a Democratic law firm where Sussmann worked, on Clinton’s behalf. Clinton is fighting a subpoena from Durham against her presidential campaign, citing attorney-client privilege.
Durham was appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the Russia hoax that consumed the better part of Trump’s presidency. His probe has traced the outlines of an anti-Trump conspiracy between the Clinton campaign, the media, and crooked agents in the Deep State.