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Durham Court Filing: Hillary’s Campaign Spied On Trump Tower, Trump Apartment Bldg, White House Internet Traffic

Durham Court Filing: Hillary’s Campaign Spied On Trump Tower, Trump Apartment Bldg, White House Internet Traffic

“among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (“DNS”) Internet traffic pertaining to (i) a particular healthcare provider, (ii) Trump Tower, (iii) Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and (iv) the Executive Office of the President of the United States”

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We can only hope that some major figures related to the 2016 Clinton campaign end up doing perp walks. What is now clear is that the Clinton campaign, through its lawyers, masterminded the manipulation of the 2016 election and the anti-Trump resistance through false and fabricated accusations and purported documentation of Russia collusion. The Clinton campaign was dirty as hell, put this country through hell for years, and people need to go to jail. But who knows if that ever will happen.

Special Counsel John Durham continues his work, but so far there haven’t been any bombshell indictments. The main indictment is of Michael Sussman, the Perkins Coie lawyer who worked for the Clinton campaign. Sussman’s then law partner, Marc Elias, is the leading Democrat election lawyer and was a conduit for funding the disgraced Steele Dossier.

Sussman is charged with one count of lying to the FBI by falsely stating that, in providing information about alleged Trump ties to a Russian bank, Alfa Bank, Sussman was acting alone. In fact, Durham alleges, he was working for the Clinton campaign.

I wrote at the time of Sussman’s indictment, Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime.

Yesterday, Durham filed a document that asserts that Sussman and another lawyer, believed to be Elias, hired a techincal expert to monitor internet traffic from Trump Tower, Trump’s apartment, and the “Executive Office of the President.” The purported purpose of the court filing was to put on the record that Sussman’s defense counsel, the firm of Lathan & Watkins, may have conflicts of interest, and that Sussman was waiving those conflicts. The government does this so that Sussman cannot later claim that any conviction was invalid because of his counsel’s conflicts.

From Durham’s court filing

1. The United States of America, by and through its attorney, Special Counsel John H. Durham, respectfully moves this Court to inquire into potential conflicts of interest arising from the representation of the defendant by his current counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP (“Latham”). The Government has discussed these matters with the defense and believes that any potential conflicts likely could be addressed with a knowing and voluntary waiver by the defendant upon consultation with conflict-free counsel as appropriate. The Government believes that any such waiver should be put on the record prior to trial. As set forth in further detail below, it is possible that conflicts of interest could arise from the fact that Latham and/or its employees (i) previously represented others in the Special Counsel’s investigation whose interests may conflict with those of the defendant, (ii) previously represented the defendant and his prior employer in connection with events that likely will be relevant at trial or at any sentencing, and (iii) maintained professional and/or personal relationships with individuals who could be witnesses in these proceedings. Accordingly, for the reasons set forth below, the government respectfully requests that the Court inquire into the potential conflicts of interest set forth herein. Defense counsel has advised that the defendant has been apprised of these issues, understands that he has the right to consult independent counsel, and presently intends to waive any potential conflict of interest.

Yet Durham seems to have gone beyond what was necessary in revealing some enticing details.

Fox News reports:

Lawyers for the Clinton campaign paid a technology company to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower, and later the White House, in order to establish an “inference” and “narrative” to bring to government agencies linking Donald Trump to Russia, a filing from Special Counsel John Durham says….

But Durham’s filing on Feb. 11, in a section titled “Factual Background,” reveals that Sussman “had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a technology executive (Tech Executive 1) at a U.S.-based internet company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.”

Durham’s filing said Sussman’s “billing records reflect” that he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations.”

The filing revealed that Sussman and the Tech Executive had met and communicated with another law partner, who was serving as General Counsel to the Clinton campaign. Sources told Fox News that lawyer is Marc Elias, who worked at the law firm Perkins Coie.

From Durham’s court filing (emphasis added):

4. The Indictment also alleges that, beginning in approximately July 2016, Tech Executive-1 had worked with the defendant, a U.S. investigative firm retained by Law Firm-1 on behalf of the Clinton Campaign, numerous cyber researchers, and employees at multiple Internet companies to assemble the purported data and white papers. In connection with these efforts, Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data. Tech Executive-1 also enlisted the assistance of researchers at a U.S.-based university who were receiving and analyzing large amounts of Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract. Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine Internet data to establish “an inference” and “narrative” tying then-candidate Trump to Russia. In doing so, Tech Executive-1 indicated that he was seeking to please certain “VIPs,” referring to individuals at Law Firm-1 and the Clinton Campaign.

5. The Government’s evidence at trial will also establish that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (“DNS”) Internet traffic pertaining to (i) a particular healthcare provider, (ii) Trump Tower, (iii) Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and (iv) the Executive Office of the President of the United States (“EOP”). (Tech Executive-1’s employer, Internet Company-1, had come to access and maintain dedicated servers for the EOP as part of a sensitive arrangement whereby it provided DNS resolution services to the EOP. Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.)

6. The Indictment further details that on February 9, 2017, the defendant provided an updated set of allegations – including the Russian Bank-1 data and additional allegations relating to Trump – to a second agency of the U.S. government (“Agency-2”). The Government’s evidence at trial will establish that these additional allegations relied, in part, on the purported DNS traffic that Tech Executive-1 and others had assembled pertaining to Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s New York City apartment building, the EOP, and the aforementioned healthcare provider. In his meeting with Agency-2, the defendant provided data which he claimed reflected purportedly suspicious DNS lookups by these entities of internet protocol (“IP”) addresses affiliated with a Russian mobile phone provider (“Russian Phone Provider-1”). The defendant further claimed that these lookups demonstrated that Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations. The Special Counsel’s Office has identified no support for these allegations. Indeed, more complete DNS data that the Special Counsel’s Office obtained from a company that assisted Tech Executive-1 in assembling these allegations reflects that such DNS lookups were far from rare in the United States. For example, the more complete data that Tech Executive-1 and his associates gathered – but did not provide to Agency-2 – reflected that between approximately 2014 and 2017, there were a total of more than 3 million lookups of Russian Phone-Provider-1 IP addresses that originated with U.S.-based IP addresses. Fewer than 1,000 of these lookups originated with IP addresses affiliated with Trump Tower. In addition, the more complete data assembled by Tech Executive-1 and his associates reflected that DNS lookups involving the EOP and Russian Phone Provider-1 began at least as early 2014 (i.e., during the Obama administration and years before Trump took office) – another fact which the allegations omitted.

The monitoring of the White House is a little vague in this document as to the timeframe. Many people are asserting that it was while Trump was president, but that’s not crystal clear from the filing. It also is not alleged that this internet traffic monitoring was in itself illegal – the alleged illegality was Sussman lying to the FBI about it.

Let’s see where this leads, and what additional perp walks take place. I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Comments

The Gentle Grizzly | February 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm

“We can only hope that some major figures related to the 2016 Clinton campaign end up doing perp walks.”

That will never happen.

Perhaps a little war with Russia might distract attention.

    The war with Russia over Ukraine is about distracting attention, yes, but it is not about this piffle. Everyone knows the Obama WH, Hillary campaign, and deep state coordinated against Trump, that’s chump change. The war in Ukraine is supposed to unite the country before the midterms. It won’t, of course, but the Biden WH is full of out-of-touch progressive radicals who are cluelessly playing from a very very old playbook. Watch Biden dip into the 20s over this, while the WH puzzles, and the entire executive branch attacks red staters and anyone who doesn’t support Biden (well over half the country). They are losing, so they see a new war is just the ticket. Progressives are evil.

I would like to see a list, like something written above that differentiates illegal and unethical I fear that the big fish I want to see perp walked will only have unethical problems and will escape any legal issues.

Clearly, this was a nightmare that lasted far to long for our entire Country. But I fear the people at the top will skate, just like Biden’s handlers will skate after he takes the fall for them.

Can’t wait to find out what university they hired for this “project”.

So after how many YEARS of bullshit, lies, impeachment, and shrieks about RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA, after all that time, NOW this jackass finally gets around to releasing this?

And oh, by the way, they’re not even pretending that anybody meaningful is going to actually face consequences for this.

I am so sick of this theatre.

    Dathurtz in reply to Olinser. | February 13, 2022 at 7:16 am

    We have to remember that news like this is meant to put us into a cycle of hope/disappointment so that we become totally demoralized and won’t resist tyranny. I am so damn tired of it I don’t know what to do, but we have long known our institutions are corrupt and that a huge chunk of our population support that corruption.

    Chieftain in reply to Olinser. | February 13, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    How convenient for Rachel Maddow to go on hiatus. Coincidence?
    Who pays Maddow for her propaganda?

    tim60935 in reply to Olinser. | February 17, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Let’s be honest as well. Our RHINOS will let this slide . Maybe vote with them ! Not to mention ” Never Trumpers ” in the Party . ( Bush / Cheney )
    Why does a populist agenda scare them to madness .
    He’s a Chief Executive type from Queens . Yet D’s are still chasing him around as a private citizen ! No wonder after 60 years , he had peace in the Middle East , and a great ally to Israel . He understands persecution

Marc Elias whose raisin de store is making sure that Democrats win no matter what ur takes may very well be walking a perp walk sooner or later

Gotta love the timing on this gem….Super Bowl weekend.

Hillary will be making a speech this coming week at NYS Democratic Party Convention. It will be interesting to see how the media blends these disclosures with what she’ll have to share about the opposition.

Every “journalist/reporter” who pushed the narrative should commit suicide as they’re obviously nothing more than stenographers for the dnc.
No honor among liars and thieves like them.

    WISteve in reply to 4fun. | February 12, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    “….Every “journalist/reporter” who pushed the narrative should commit suicide ….”

    That would certainly clean out some news rooms all across America and open up some job opportunities in the District of Collusion…..

Interesting trivia: Every photo of the Oval Office shows the White House uses Cisco Voice-Over-IP phones (they look vaguely like 8841 models). This accusation could easily mean that not only DNS records were directed to the Clinton operation, but the actual contents of the calls for the Obama and Trump administrations too.

Will be interesting to see what (if anything) comes of this.

” What is now clear is that the Clinton campaign, through its lawyers, masterminded the manipulation of the 2016 election and the anti-Trump resistance through false and fabricated accusations and purported documentation of Russia collusion”

Really its pretty obvious that isn’t the case given the Durham investigations abject failure to deliver any substantive evidence at all. The indictment has been widely mocked as a spin document and framed in a bizarre manner. The idea that a man who worked closely with the people he was discussing the issues with could somehow lie about his true status seems implausible.

Yeah again their seems to be collective amnesia of what the Mueller report actually said and the convictions that followed that.

Its particularly egregious to claim the Clinton campaign manipulated anything in contrast with Trump who spent his entire time shouting lock her up over her emails when currently its known beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was busy burning and flushing records. What a god damn joke.

    Petrushka in reply to Fatkins. | February 13, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Since when do indictments include evidence? Just asking.

    What I have noticed is a lot of silence from people who are likely to be persons of interest.

      Fatkins in reply to Petrushka. | February 13, 2022 at 11:34 am

      You’d expect some indication in the coverage of a political contentious issue something of substance. Its also true that the indictments itself was weird , it read more like an attempt to spin other unrelated issues.

      Like from whom?

      As for the merits I guess we shall have to see when this eventually lands in court. It does seem to be taking ages.

        Petrushka in reply to Fatkins. | February 13, 2022 at 12:07 pm

        “ The NYT/CNN/NBC axis flooded the zone every time Robert Mueller scratched his nose. They spent hours and hours deciphering his every sneeze. Actual criminal indictments from Durham of Hillary’s lawyer or FBI operatives — crimes that created Russiagate — barely merit an article.”

          Fatkins in reply to Petrushka. | February 13, 2022 at 1:45 pm

          Well yeah because there was a steady drip of evidence to substantiate the claim. As opposed to here which hasn’t happened. Let’s be fair there have been convictions as a result of the Mueller report and investigation

      Fatkins in reply to Petrushka. | February 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      It appears that its worse than I thought. It appears that Durham hasn’t actually investigated the facts at all. Rumour has it that there will be a motion to dismiss the indictment.

      Apparently the whole investigation has been a shit show

Nothing will ever be done with this and the MSM will bury it.

If it still has to go through the DOJ it s a non starter, indict everyone you want but the real players will always be free.

I think that HRC if she runs will appeal only to bicoastal elites and that Elias will be walking a perp walk sooner rather than later

Does anyone see anything significant in the fact that attorneys are not departing the investigation, as they might if it were winding down?

I see lots of comments on Twitter asserting this is a nothingburger.

If true, I would expect this to be heavily reported by CNN, NYT and WAPO.

This is why we’re suddenly hearing noise about the drunken old sow running again. They’ll never indict her if she’s a candidate for office.

    Fatkins in reply to Paul. | February 13, 2022 at 11:36 am

    I assume you mean Clinton. If Trump didn’t indict her during 4 years as President then no it wont happen.

    JRD47 in reply to Paul. | February 13, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    She might have a “scheduling conflict” that will keep her from giving her speech at the New York State Democratic Party Convention.

For years we have heard ” Worse than Watergate.” Now we get crickets for something that is.

I’m old enough to remember the Nixon years. The Clinton campaign (and Obama [mal-]administration?) seems to have done the exact sorts of things which got Richard Nixon into heaps of Watergate trouble.

It might be wise direct attention not only to the background disclosures included in Durham’s Motion that captured the attention of everyone but the main stream media, but as importantly to the stated purpose of the Motion itself. That is, “Because Latham attorneys played a role in, and were witnesses to, this testimony and related conversations, it is possible that their past advice might give rise to a potential conflict of interest.” Motion, at Case 1:21-cr-00582-CRC Document 35 Filed 02/11/22 Page 10 of 13. My guess is it is not lost on Durham’s office that the described conduct may extend substantially beyond a mere conflict of interest arising from their representation of Sussmann in this case. Time to lawyer up perhaps?

Subotai Bahadur | February 13, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Professor,

I think it can be said that the average reader and commenter of this blog is far more attuned to current events, history, and politics than the average member of the public.

From the commentary, it seems that the overwhelming majority of the commenters believe that based on position that any criminals responsible [other than perhaps a few throw-aways] will not be punished in any way by any legal means.

What does this say about the belief in, and actual, legitimacy of our government?

Subotai Bahadur

Will we see Mark Elias indicted? Looks to me like he is in the crosshairs.

Lawyers for the Clinton campaign paid a technology company to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower, and later the White House, in order to establish an “inference” and “narrative” to bring to government agencies linking Donald Trump to Russia, a filing from Special Counsel John Durham says….

That’s false. The word “infiltrate” is not found in the the filing, but Fox News put it in quotes.

William A. Jacobson: We can only hope that some major figures related to the 2016 Clinton campaign end up doing perp walks . . . It also is not alleged that this internet traffic monitoring was in itself illegal

The juxtaposition of those two statements is telling.

On Monday Feb 14, Sussman’s counsel filed a response to Durham’s conflict of interest motion of last week. Case 1:21-cr-00582-CRC Document 36 Filed 02/14/22 . The response does not address the actual conflict, and is limited to allegations of an attempt by Durham to publish misinformation calculated to prejudice the jury pool against Sussman. Therefore the inquiry will be to determine if the conflict of interest is indeed waivable.

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