Durham says CIA has received data that Trump-Russia connection was “not technically feasible”, “user-created”
Special Counsel John Durham insisted in a filing in court on Friday that the CIA had obtained data from Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Susman, alleging that coordination between Donald Trump and Russia was “technically unreasonable” and “user-created”.
In the filing, Durham responded to Susman’s defense objections as to what evidence could be admissible in Susman’s trial, which is set to begin next month. Susman is accused of lying to the FBI that she did not attend the meeting on behalf of a specific client when she presented information on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the technology executive with whom she worked.
Durham released a text message from former Clinton lawyer Michael Susman, saying he was “lying in the article.”
Durham first revealed in February that the government would establish during the trial that the “absorbed” data was linked to the domain name system (DNS) of Internet traffic belonging to certain healthcare providers, Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building and executives. (EOP). ”
In February, Durham stated that the data was used “to mimic EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering offensive information about Donald Trump”, adding that the data was used to establish “a guess” and “a story”. Was that connects Trump with Russia.
But Susman is moving through “Tech Executive 1” to block evidence related to the “aggregation” of “DNS data” identified by Rodney Joff and his associates.
In Friday’s filing, Durham argued that data collection was “the necessary factual background for charged conduct.”
Durham’s original allegation is that Susman told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 – less than two months before the 2016 presidential election – when he requested and held a meeting where he “presented the alleged data” to any client. And “white papers” featuring an alleged communication channel between the Trump organization and Alpha Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
The indictment alleges that Susman lied at the meeting, “misleading the general counsel that he was not providing the allegations to the FBI on behalf of any client.”
Susman pleaded not guilty and demanded that the case be dismissed. A federal judge presiding over the case this week rejected the request.
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Durham also alleges that Susman provided an “updated set of allegations” in February 2017, including Alpha Bank’s claims and additional allegations against Trump to another US government agency, which TOU confirmed was the CIA.
In his filing Friday, Durham said the government expects “evidence to be added during the trial” which would reflect that the FBI and CIA “concluded that the allegations against Russian Bank 1 were false and untrue.”
“For example, when the FBI did not reach a final conclusion about the accuracy of the data or whether it could be entirely or partially genuine, forged, altered or forged, Agency 2 concluded in early 2017 that Russian Bank 1 data and Russian phone providers 1 data was not ‘technically sensible’, could not withstand technical scrutiny, ‘has gap’, ‘contradicted [itself]’And’ was created by the user and the machine / tool was not generated, “Durham wrote.
However, Durham states that “the office of the Special Counsel has not reached any definite conclusion in this regard.”
But Durham argued that in order for Susman to lie, “the data is really unreliable, whether it serves a purpose differently and differently,” the FBI and CIA “took steps to investigate the matter and establish the physical evidence of the evidence.” Is. ”
Durham said the information would “enable the jury to evaluate those actions, which in turn, would inform the defendant of their findings on whether the alleged misrepresentation is material and have a tendency to influence or distort government functions.”
Durham, meanwhile, outlines the connection between Susman and the now-infamous and infamous anti-Trump dossier, which included allegations of alleged collusion between Trump and the Russian government.
The unverified dossier was written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The legal firm Perkins Koi is the firm through which the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign funded the anti-Trump dossier.
In a Durham filing on Friday, he revealed that Susman had met Perkins with Steele at an office in the summer of 2016, where he told Steele about Alpha Bank’s allegations.
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Durham said that after their meeting, employees of a “US investigative firm” that TOU previously reported on Fusion GPS had assigned Steele to “create research and intelligence reports” about Alpha Bank, which he did. ”
Durham, in its filing, states that Susman “represented and acted on the Clinton campaign in the context of her widespread protest research efforts” and “took steps” to “integrate” Alpha Bank’s allegations into those anti-research efforts.
Durham argued that the evidence was “extremely skeptical” because it established that Susman “represented and acted on the Clinton campaign with her widespread opposition research efforts.”
Durham also states that there is evidence that Susman met with the FBI, among other things, to advance Clinton’s campaign interests with the help of “Fusion GPS.”
In the filing, Durham also noted the former FBI assistant director’s notes that, among other things, “the author of the dossier was hired by Fusion GPS” to “dig dirt on Trump for an anonymous US client.”
“The fact is that FBI headquarters received both sets of information related to the same political campaign (Clinton campaign), the same legal firm, on the same date. [Perkins Coie] And the same investigation firm [Fusion GPS] This makes Steel’s involvement in these matters relevant, “Durham wrote.
Meanwhile, Susman’s rescuers have offered to give immunity to Tech Executive 1, Rodney Joff, who has not been charged with the crime.
In Durham’s filing, however, it states that Joffe is the “subject” of the investigation and that Susman’s allegations are already in 2021. Durham says this has been discussed with Joffe’s counsel, and is still a topic, even a month short of trial.
Durham said the decision not to grant immunity to Joff was “perfectly justified and consistent with the Department of Justice’s practices” given that he had played a “significant leadership role” in gathering and submitting allegations to the issue, and therefore more criminal exposure. Possible guilt in the event of disclosure or confirmation of the commission of offenses other than the offenses currently charged in the investigation. ”
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Durham, however, revealed that the only witness to Susman’s trial was “Researcher 2”, whose identity is unknown. The man’s immunity began in July 2021, a month before Susman’s indictment.
Durham said the government had given immunity to “Investigator 2” because “at least five other witnesses working on the allegations of Russian Bank 1 insisted on their right to self-incrimination.”
“Therefore, the government pursued the immunity of Investigator 2 to uncover otherwise unavailable facts as part of a protest research project conducted by Tech Executive 1 and others before the defendant’s meeting with the FBI,” Durham said.
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In the filing, however, Durham also states that the government wants to obtain immunity at trial for a person employed by a “US investigative firm,” Fusion GPS.
“But unlike Tech Executive 1, that person is considered a ‘witness’ and is not a ‘subject’ of government investigations based on currently known facts,” Durham said.
Durham, meanwhile, says the government plans to edit the billing record, which includes communications between Susman and Joffe, during the trial, non-privileged documents and “on behalf of the Clinton campaign” and reflects Joseph Susman’s actions.
Durham says prosecutors also plan to have a conversation between Susman, Joffe and “Campaign Lawyer 1”, who told TOU that Perkins no partner and Clinton’s lawyer Mark Elias, as well as employees of Fusion GPS.
Susman’s trial is set to begin on May 16.
Durham, since 2019, has been investigating the FBI’s original Russia investigation, or the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane, which began in July 2016 with the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. Shortly after Mલller completed his years-long investigation. Was Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election?
M મુller’s investigation found no evidence of illegal or criminal coordination between Trump or the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russia.
Durham has indicted three people as part of its investigation: Susman in September 2021, Igor Danchenko in November 2021 and Kevin Kleinsmith in August 2020.
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Danchenko has been accused of making false statements and of lying to the FBI about the source of the information he provided to Christopher Steele for the anti-Trump dossier.
Kevin Kleinsmith was also charged with making a false statement. Kleinsmith was cited for possible action by Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, which conducted its own review of the Russian investigation.
In particular, the Inspector General accused Clinsmith, albeit not by name, of altering an email about Carter Page, a Trump campaign aide, that he was “not a source” for another government agency. Page said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on the statement as it submitted its third and final renewal application in 2017 to hide on the page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.