A Trump administration-appointed integrity official accused a failed presidential campaign of espionage on Feb. 11.
Special Counsel John Durham believes Hillary Clinton’s campaign allies paid contractor Fusion GPS to monitor Donald Trump’s cell phone data.
Durham revealed the spying began back when Trump was a GOP presidential candidate for the 2016 general election. The activity allegedly continued throughout the Trump administration.
Monitoring occurred at the president’s private residences and the Executive Office of the Presidency.
Durham said in a government motion, “Among the internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (DNS) internet traffic pertaining to:
- A particular healthcare provider
- Trump Tower
- Donald Trump’s CentralPark West apartment building
- The Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States
“Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data to gather derogatory information about Donald Trump,” he added.
He also identified counsel Michael Sussmann in his conflict of interest investigation. Sussmann has already been charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about providing legal services to the Clinton campaign.
Sussmann also allegedly collected data from a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project at a Georgia university to spy on Trump and his allies.
“TechExecutive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary internet data. … He 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,” the special counsel said.
“Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia [and,] in doing so, TechExecutive-1 indicated that he was seeking to please certain ‘VIPs,’ referring to individuals at LawFirm-1 and the Clinton campaign,'” he added.
At the time, Sussmann advised FBI agents of a disputed link between Trump and so-called Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Campaign senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan earlier speculated that Trump had a “secret hotline” to the Russian government to undermine Clinton’s tilt at the presidency.
“It raises even more troubling questions in light of Russia’s masterminding of hacking efforts that are clearly intended to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter.
After carefully investigating the allegations, Durham concluded the contractor’s Russian “Steele dossier” was based on false and incorrect information. Both the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee had commissioned the report according to The Reactionary.