Department of Justice special counsel John Durham filed a motion on Friday in his criminal case against attorney Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI. The purpose of the filing was to challenge the defendant’s choice of counsel, describing a law firm as having serious conflicts of interest.
In the body of the filing is a plutonium nugget. Here’s an excerpt from Durham’s filing:
5. The Government’s evidence at trial will also establish that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (“DNS”) Internet traffic pertaining 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”). (Tech Executive-1’s employer, Internet Company-1, had come to access and maintain dedicated servers for the EOP as part of a sensitive arrangement whereby it provided DNS resolution services to the EOP. Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.)
In plain English, people associated with the Clinton campaign used access by a tech executive and his company to spy on the other presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Most astonishingly, this tech executive exploited a government contract to access internet data from the Executive Office of the President to spy on a sitting president.
Most conservative media covered this story over the weekend, while most mainstream media for the most part studiously ignored it. Former President Trump didn’t do himself any favors by responding to this story by publicly pining for the death penalty for such acts. But one does not have to admire Donald Trump to see the use of campaign-related opposition researchers to hack the White House as a Watergate-level surveillance scandal.