Stunned Republicans demanded answers on Sunday after a bombshell court filing linked Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to an alleged surveillance operation aimed at digging up dirt on Donald Trump before and after his presidential election victory.

Special Counsel John Durham alleged in a court filing on Friday that a technology company working with a lawyer for the Clinton campaign exploited his access to servers at Mr. Trump’s residence, Trump Tower and the White House to extract data that would establish an “inference” and a “narrative” linking Mr. Trump to Russia.

Mr. Trump has long accused the Clinton campaign of spying on him. Democrats and mainstream media personalities dismissed the claim as a conspiracy theory, but Republicans said the weekend’s bombing shows espionage was even more widespread than they thought. .

“Yeah, there was espionage going on, and it was worse than we thought because they were spying on the sitting president of the United States, and that goes right to the Clinton campaign,” he said on Sunday. Rep. Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio. “Fox and friends.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, tweeted on Saturday that “Democrats got caught spying, first on Candidate Trump, then when he was President IN THE WHITE HOUSE “.

“The Russia hoax was a lie from day one – fabricated by its political enemies – and anyone involved in this un-American activity must be brought to justice,” he said.

House Republicans are ready to do more than bluster.

The Republican Party is expected to regain control of the House in November. That puts some of the fiercest critics of Democrats’ collusion claims in position to take over major investigative committees.

‘Serious consequences’

Representative Michael Turner of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Standing Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that he and Mr. Jordan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, would use “all aspects of the power of Congress to get to the bottom of this case”. .”

“We have to get to the truth. It’s a threat to our democracy itself,” Mr Turner said on Fox News Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures’. “It doesn’t matter what political campaign it is or what political party it is. It is so untrue, and the allegations of such a level of illegal activity that goes directly to our faith in our own government, that the truth must be found.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, called the details “shocking.” He said in a tweet: “If they can do that to a president, imagine what they can do to you. Scary. It is time to suffer serious consequences.

In the filing, Mr. Durham says the government has evidence that an unidentified technology official “exploited” a deal with the government to monitor Mr. Trump’s internet traffic at Trump Tower, Mr. Trump at Central Park West, the president’s executive office. and an unidentified health care provider.

Court records identified the tech executive only as “Tech Executive-1.” In earlier filings by Mr. Durham, “Tech Executive-1” referred to Rodney Joffe, an internet entrepreneur and internet data expert.

“Tech Executive-1 and its associates exploited this arrangement by exploiting the [president’s office] for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump,” Mr. Durham wrote.

Mr Trump said Mr Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe, revealed the depth of the Democrats’ scheme to undermine his presidency.

He said the dossier provides “indisputable evidence” that Clinton campaign operatives spied on his campaign and his presidency.

“This is a scandal of far greater scope and scale than Watergate and those who were involved in this spy operation and were aware of it should be subject to criminal prosecution” , Mr. Trump said in a statement. “In a stronger time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”

Clinton campaign billed

Mr Dunham’s staggering accusations were included in a court filing claiming former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann had a conflict of interest with his attorneys.

Mr. Sussmann was accused of making a false statement to the FBI about a now-denied allegation of a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank. He pleaded not guilty.

The filing says Mr. Sussmann worked with a technology executive, an internet company and the Clinton campaign to piece together and forward the claims to the FBI.

Mr Durham said records show Mr Sussmann “repeatedly billed the Clinton campaign” for his work on the Russian banking charges.

In July 2016, Mr. Sussmann, the technology executive and “American investigative firm” hired by “Law Firm 1” on behalf of the Clinton campaign, worked with researchers from internet companies to gather data and white papers.

“As part of these efforts, Tech Executive-1 leveraged its access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data,” Durham wrote. “Tech Executive-1 also brought in researchers from a US university who were receiving and analyzing large amounts of internet data as part of an ongoing cybersecurity research contract with the federal government.”

Mr Durham said the chief technology officer used the researchers to “mine data from the internet” to establish “an inference” and a “narrative” linking Mr Trump to Russia.

“In doing so, Tech Executive-1 indicated that it was seeking to please certain ‘VIPs’, referring to individuals from Law Firm-1 and the Clinton campaign,” Mr. Durham wrote.

The filing says the chief technology officer had come to access and maintain dedicated services for the president’s executive office as part of a sensitive deal, whereby he provided [domain name system] resolution service.

The “Russian telephones” demystified

Mr. Durham said Mr. Sussmann relied on alleged trafficking in the domain name system of Trump Tower, Mr. Trump’s building and the health care provider to give the FBI additional charges to About Mr. Trump.

Those charges sent to the FBI included allegations that Mr. Trump and his associates used rare Russian-made cordless phones near the White House and other locations, Mr. Durham wrote.

The special advocate said he found no basis for the charge.

The chief technology officer’s claims that Mr. Trump and his associates were using rare Russian phones were suspicious searches of the domain name system affiliated with a Russian cellphone provider.

Mr Durham said such searches were far from uncommon.

He said more than 3 million searches for Russian phone IP addresses from 2014 to 2017 came from US-based IP addresses.

Fewer than 1,000 of those searches came from IP addresses affiliated with Trump Tower, Durham said. The search near the White House began in early 2014, during the Obama administration.

“Another fact the allegation omitted,” Mr. Durham wrote of the research during the Obama era.

Mr Durham said Mr Sussmann took those claims to a second government agency after bringing them to the attention of the FBI. The special counsel said, similar to Mr. Sussmann’s meeting with the FBI, that he claimed he was not representing a client when in fact he was there on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

“During his meeting with Agency-2 employees, the defendant also made a materially similar misrepresentation to the one he made to the FBI General Counsel,” Mr. Durham wrote. “In particular, the defendant asserted that he did not represent any particular client in conveying the above allegations.

“In truth and in fact, the defendant represented Tech Executive-1 – a fact that the defendant later admitted under oath in December 2017 during testimony before Congress, without identifying the client by name,” the statement reads. case.

The 13-page document was filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia.

“That’s what’s so scary here,” Mr Jordan said. “The government was working with the Clinton campaign to prosecute the Republican Party’s nominee for president, to spy on that campaign. We have never seen anything like it in history.

Kash Patel, chief investigator of the Trump-Russia collusion probe for Devin Nunes, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the record “definitely shows that Hillary Clinton’s campaign directly funded and ordered his attorneys at Perkins Coie to orchestrate a criminal case.” company to fabricate a link between President Trump and Russia.

Mr. Sussmann is among three people charged by Mr. Durham, who was tasked in 2019 with investigating the actions of the FBI at the start of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation, a charge stemming from Durham’s investigation. He was sentenced to a year’s probation for altering an email that made it easier for the FBI to monitor a member of the Trump campaign.

In October, Mr Durham indicted Igor Danchenko, a Washington-based analyst who was a key source in the Christopher Steele case. Mr. Danchenko is charged with five counts of lying to the FBI about where he got his information for the anti-Trump case.

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