Oppo research firm hired by Hillary Clinton must turn over emails to Durham inquest, judge says

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GPS Fusion, the Hillary Clinton research firm tasked with the 2016 campaign to unearth information about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, is to deliver nearly two dozen emails to Special Counsel John Durham, an official said Thursday. federal judge.

Those emails — which are largely exchanges between Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman and Fusion GPS — are part of a batch that prosecutors subpoenaed last year.

Photo by John Durham and Michael Sussmann. Sussman Photo: Perkins Coie
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U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper blocked prosecutors from obtaining 16 of those emails, but allowed Durham to obtain 22. Cooper ruled that the 16 emails in question were privileged. of the lawyer and the work product of the lawyer, while the other 22 were not. .

Yet the judge ruled those emails would not be admissible in the impending trial of Sussman – who is accused of lying to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting – because of the inappropriateness of Durham’s request. .

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Sussman is accused of passing cybersecurity researchers’ concerns to the FBI about a possible covert communication channel between the Trump Organization’s servers and Russia-based Alfa Bank. The FBI investigated the matter but ultimately found no suspicious links.

Prosecutors allege that Sussmann misled the then-FBI general counsel by saying he was not attending the meeting on behalf of a particular client when he was in fact presenting the information on behalf of the Clinton campaign and a technology executive he had worked with. Sussman’s trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Washington. He pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Steele, a former British spy who penned a 2016 dossier into alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in the defamation case brought against him by the Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev.
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Christopher Steele, a former British spy who penned a 2016 dossier into alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in the defamation case brought against him by the Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev.
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Durham, a former U.S. attorney from Connecticut, was appointed in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr to seek government misconduct during the investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and possible links to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Sussmann is one of three people charged so far. The other two are Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI attorney who pleaded guilty to altering an email and was probated, and Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst and source for Christopher Steele, l ex-British intelligence agent who built an anti-Trump dossier. to research. Danchenko was charged in November with lying to the FBI during a 2017 interview.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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