You didn't read the header photo wrong: Hillary Clinton's campaign paid to "infiltrate" servers to prove Trump had connections to Russia (also known as illegal spying), and this not only included Trump's servers, but the freaking White House:
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.
This is a huge deal. This isn't some media personality making this allegation. This is a top-level federal prosecutor who was appointed by former AG Bill Barr (who stood doggedly against Trump at times, by the way) to specifically investigate the catastrophic waste of government money on an FBI probe and the Mueller Report, which tried for years in vain to prove that Trump was Putin's puppet.
This is historical, Hollywood-level "Jason Bourne" stuff right here.
Fox has all the specific details, but for those looking for the gist of the plot, grab your popcorn and get ready.
From the New York Post:
Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion related to potential conflicts of interests in connection with the case of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is charged with lying to the feds, according to Fox News.
Sussmann allegedly told the FBI he was not working on behalf of Clinton when he presented the agency with documents that supposedly linked the Trump Organization to a Kremlin-tied bank two months before the election.
Yeah, that was apparently a whopping lie.
Records showed he "repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations," which involved an investigative firm, a tech executive, cyber researchers and numerous employees at internet companies, the motion reportedly stated.
So what did the espionage – initiated by the Clinton campaign and laundered through this lawyer – entail?
The run down:
- Sussman and an unnamed "Tech Executive" the Clinton campaign's General Counsel, Marc Elias.
- These men then began assembling a team in July 2016 to get data on Trump, including hiring an investigative firm, "numerous" researchers at "multiple internet companies," and researchers at a university who were analyzing internet data as part of a federal cybersecurity contract.
- This shadowy Tech Executive used this team to get a look at "non-public and/or proprietary" information… also known as illegal spying, invasion of privacy, and theft.
- The Tech Executive told this team he wanted them to craft a "narrative" about Trump and Russia on behalf of his client "VIPs," the Clintons.
- The Tech Executive and his company also had a contract with the federal government that gave him access to data involving the Executive Office of the President – AKA the White House. The executive reportedly "exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP's DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump."
- The executive also mined the DNS data of Trump Tower, a healthcare provider, and one of Trump's apartment buildings.
- As late as 2017, the Tech Executive met with federal agents to provide evidence of a Trump-Russia connection, arguing that Trump and his team were using "rare, Russian-made wireless phones" wherever they went. Durham's report refutes this.
Oh, and just for kicks and giggles, the report says the unnamed Tech Executive was digging up evidence on Trump as early as 2014… on behalf of this guy:
Just for the record, espionage is illegal, and espionage sanctioned by a political campaign is super duper illegal. And personal espionage by a sitting U.S. President is impeachment-level illegal.
I mean, Nixon only had to wiretap his political enemies for that honor!
Republican Rep. Kash Patel, who was chief investigator of the House's probe into Trump's alleged Russian ties, told Fox News Durham's filing was "definitive" evidence that Clinton's campaign orchestrated "a criminal enterprise to fabricate a connection between President Trump and Russia."
In case you were wondering, heck yeah Trump had thoughts.
This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution. In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.
Hoo dang. I'll just leave it there!
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