Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered tweets from the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election show the candidate pushing now-debunked information that Donald Trump was using a “covert sever” to connect him to Russia.
Only a day before, Fox News reported that Special Counsel John Durham claimed that lawyers from her campaign paid to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower, and later the White House, in order to establish a “inference” and “narrative” to bring to government agencies linking Trump to Russia.
On October 31, 2016, Clinton tweeted, “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” and shared a statement from her campaign’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan, who is now President Biden’s White House National Security advisor.
Sullivan stated that “The secret hotline could hold the key to solving the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia. ”
Sullivan went on to say that they “can only assume federal authorities will now investigate this direct link between Trump and Russia as part of their ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in our elections.”
On the same day, Clinton tweeted that it was “time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia.”
On Feb. 11, the motion focused on potential conflicts of interest in the representation of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who has been charged with making a false statement to a federal agent. Sussmann has entered a not-guilty plea.
According to the indictment, Sussmann told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the 2016 presidential election, that he was not working “for any client” when he requested and held a meeting in which he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
Sussmann “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,” according to a section titled “Factual Background.”
Sussmann’s “billing records reflect,” according to Durham’s filing, that he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations.”
According to Durham’s filing, in July 2016, the tech executive collaborated with Sussmann, a U.S. investigative firm hired by Law Firm 1 on behalf of the Clinton campaign, as well as numerous cyber researchers and employees from multiple internet companies, to “assemble the purported data and white papers.”
Durham also writes that the government will establish during Sussmann’s trial that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (DNS) internet traffic pertaining to I a specific 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.”
According to the filing, Sussmann provided “an updated set of allegations” in 2017, including the Russian bank data and additional allegations relating to Trump, to “a second agency of the United States government.”
Durham claims he “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” during Sussmann’s meeting with the second US government agency, and that the lookups “demonstrated Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations.”
On Saturday evening, former President Trump reacted to Durham’s filing, saying it “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.”
Kash Patel, former chief investigator of the House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia investigation under then-Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the filing “definitively shows that the Hillary Clinton campaign directly funded and ordered its lawyers at Perkins Coie to orchestrate a criminal enterprise to fabricate a connection between President Trump and Russia.”
The anti-Trump dossier, authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign through Elias’s law firm, Perkins Coie.