As special counsel John Durham has pushed his theory of a “joint venture” in the case that he built against Dem cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann, who had represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he issued trial subpoenas for members of the 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC as part of his investigation.
The Clinton campaign, the DNC, the Fusion GPS opposition research firm, and the Perkins Coie legal firm are attempting to obstruct Durham’s attempts to obtain records that have thus far been denied. The Washington Examiner reported that these organizations have claimed that Durham’s lawsuit should be dismissed because claims of attorney-client privilege apply.
Durham is continuing to intensify its legal assault on these organizations, which it believes collaborated in fraudulent claims about former President Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.
Fusion GPS, Durham claimed, “was not primarily providing or supporting legal expertise; instead, it appears that the investigative firm’s primary, if not sole, purpose was to create opposition research documents that it then gave away.”
Durham claims that these organizations collaborated on numerous occasions to plan the Russian collusion narrative that plagued Donald Trump’s presidency.
“On numerous occasions, therefore, they met to establish a common goal of a collaborative effort,” Durham added. “The express aim of a joint venture was precisely what happened here on more than one occasion.”
Durham’s research has so far identified “Tech Executive-1” Rodney Joffe of Zetalyitcs, as well as other academics who began discussing “searching for and gathering derogatory internet information about Donald Trump’s online activities.”
In June 2016, Durham claimed that Lorenzen “assembled and circulated early claimed data” with Joffe. “The data was subsequently shared with Sussman,” according to Durham.
“The partnership continued and solidified in August 2016,” Durham said. When Sussmann, Joffe, and “Clinton campaign agents” sat down to talk in August 2016, Durham noted a meeting held on August 12 when Joffe, Elias, Sussmann, and the Fusion GPS co-founder had met to talk about “the same Russian Bank-1 accusations that the defendant later brought to the FBI.”
“The parties had agreed to conduct their work in the hopes that it would come to benefit the Clinton Campaign, notably gathering and spreading allegedly derogatory information regarding Donald Trump and his connections’ internet activities,” John Durham wrote. “The evidence will establish that as a result of these talks and during that same time frame, Tech Executive-1 tasked Internet company and university personnel to mine and gather large amounts of internet data in order to support the ‘inference’ and ‘narrative’ that would link the candidate to Russia.”
Durham’s subpoenas were opposed by Sussmann’s attorneys, who described his actions as “overreach” and said that he was attempting to admit evidence that the law expressly forbids.