Attorneys for the Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer at the center of a bombshell court filing by special counsel John Durham have asked the court in the case to “strike” part of the filing, arguing it would “taint the jury pool.”
On Friday, Durham — who is investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax — said in a court filing that Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann worked with a tech executive to “infiltrate” servers connected to Donald Trump at both Trump Tower and in the White House.
On Monday, Fox News reported, Sussmann’s attorneys had asked the court to strike the portion of the filing which contained the allegations.
“Unfortunately, the Special Counsel has done more than simply file a document identifying potential conflicts of interest,” Sussmann’s attorneys wrote.
“Rather, the Special Counsel has again made a filing in this case that unnecessarily includes prejudicial — and false — allegations that are irrelevant to his Motion and to the charged offense, and are plainly intended to politicize this case, inflame media coverage, and taint the jury pool.”
Sussman’s attorneys added that “the Special Counsel seems to be succeeding in his effort to instigate unfair and prejudicial media coverage of Mr. Sussmann’s case.”
Sussmann is charged with lying to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker during a September 2016 meeting where he “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel” between a Kremlin-linked bank and the Trump Organization, the indictment read.
As Fox News reported, Sussmann told Baker he wasn’t doing work “for any client” during the meeting.
Durham said in his court filing last week that Sussmann’s “billing records reflect” he “repeatedly billed the Clinton Campaign for his work on the Russian Bank-1 allegations.”
In addition, the filing last Friday revealed the government believes Sussmann made a similar statement when he met with a second governmental organization in 2017.
As part of the “factual background” portion of the filing, which dealt with Sussmann’s potential conflicts of interest, revealed the government believes the Clinton campaign laywer worked with a tech executive to mine internet traffic related 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).”
Not only that, but the filing revealed that Sussmann and the tech executive met with Marc Elias, general counsel to Hillary’s 2016 campaign and one of the Democrats’ top election lawyers.
Thus, Sussmann’s attorneys are now asking the court to “strike the Factual Background portion of the Special Counsel’s motion pursuant to the Court’s inherent power to ‘fashion an appropriate sanction for conduct which abuses the judicial process.’”
Republicans have reacted strongly to allegations that members of Hillary’s campaign mined internet traffic from Trump as both a candidate and during his presidency — particularly Trump himself.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) February 13, 2022
“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,” Trump said in a statement after the news broke.. “In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”