Durham Proof of Clinton Campaign Ties to Trump-russia Allegations Is Blocked by a Judge!
Over the weekend, a federal judge barred special counsel John Durham from presenting evidence in court linking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to efforts to smear then-candidate Donald Trump by suggesting he had ties to the Russian government.
Durham’s efforts to present numerous pieces of evidence potentially incriminating Clinton in a case against attorney Michael Sussman were rejected by D.C. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Saturday.
When he supplied the FBI evidence in September 2016 alleging to demonstrate a hidden communication channel between Trump’s campaign and a Russian bank, Alfa-Bank, the attorney is today charged with lying to FBI lawyer James Baker by concealing his ties to the Clinton campaign.
The evidence, according to Durham’s office, reveals Sussman, who worked for the 2016 Clinton campaign, was part of a larger Clinton campaign operation “toward a common goal” of spreading negative narratives about Trump.
Durham asked for communications records and other materials linking Sussman to a technology executive called Rodney Joffe, the Clinton campaign, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias, and Fusion GPS, a private investigation firm hired by Elias.
Cooper, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, determined that the evidence Durham was attempting to bring would “basically amount to a second trial” for conspiracy, a claim Durham has not leveled against Sussman in his current case.
Cooper wrote in his ruling that while court rules allow prosecutors to introduce evidence of co-conspirators “even if the defendant is not formally charged with any conspiracy in the indictment,”
“when the relevant conspiracy is uncharged, extensive presentation of evidence about that conspiracy is likely to confuse the jury and distract from the issues at hand,” he added, “when the relevant conspiracy is uncharged, extensive presentation of evidence about that conspiracy is likely to confuse the jury and distract from the issues at
“While the special counsel has presented some evidence of a collaborative effort to spread the supposed link between Trump and Alfa Bank to the press and others,” Cooper continued, “the parameters of this endeavor and its participants are not totally apparent.”
Durham stated that the information would show Sussman coordinating with different other Clinton campaign figures to promote charges of Trump campaign collaboration with Russia.
Sussman’s claimed attempt to hide the Clinton campaign’s involvement in the operation “provided a reason for him to falsify to Mr. Baker that he was not providing the material to the FBI on behalf of any client,” according to Durham.
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“The Court gleans from various of the defense’s pleadings and arguments, its case will be that Mr. Joffe independently obtained and analyzed the relevant data independent of Mr. Sussmann and the Clinton Campaign; that Mr. Joffe enlisted the defendant, with whom he [had] a preexisting attorney-client relationship, for legal advice on how to handle and disseminate the data to a wider audience; that Mr. Sussmann reasonably believed, based on the
Mr. Sussmann sought an interview with Mr. Baker for the purpose of bringing the prospective communications channel to the FBI’s attention, regardless of any political repercussions.”
Cooper did indicate that an email between Joffe and computer researchers working for him, in which he stated that “the VIPs would be thrilled” if they could find anything linking Trump to Russia, may be used in court.
Cooper said he’ll also let Durham’s team ask witnesses about how technology researchers looked for linkages between Trump Tower and Alfa Bank in so-called Domain Network Service (DNS) data.