Former President Trump has responded to a bombshell report from Special Counsel John Durham implicating Hillary Clinton in a plot to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower and the Trump White House.
Background: During the 2016 election cycle, former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russia to win the election.
The “Russia Hoax” controversy has been derided by Trump as the beginning of a years-long political witchhunt against him.
What Happened: Last week, Special Counsel John Durham filed a court motion for the Washington, D.C., federal court to look into possible conflicts of interest related to the defense team of Michael Sussmann, an attorney who has been indicted on the accusation he lied to the FBI. In a meeting about Trump and Russia Sussmann claimed he was not representing any clients when he was acting on behalf of a technology executive and the Clinton campaign.
“In connection with these efforts, Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data,” the filing states. “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.” (per The Daily Wire)
“Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia,” Durham states. “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.” (per The Daily Wire)
What Trump Says: In a statement through his Save America PAC, Trump called the scandal bigger than Watergate.
“The latest pleading from Special Counsel John Durham provides indisputable evidence that my campaign and presidency were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia,” Trump said in a statement. “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,” Trump continued. “In addition, reparations should be paid to those in our country who have been damaged by this.”
What Comes Next: Trump and others argue there is a crime to be found in Durham saying in the filing that he is gathering evidence to show the technology executive and former Neustar Senior Vice President Rodney Joffe, and his associates “exploited” internet traffic at the White House, Trump Tower, and other places to establish a narrative tying Trump to Russia. (per The Washington Examiner)
So far, neither Joffe or members of the Clinton team have been charged with a crime in Durham’s investigation.