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White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer questions regarding the recent revelation from the special counsel John Durham probe.
During a press briefing on Monday, Jean-Pierre told reporters she couldn’t “speak to that report” and instead referred them to the DOJ.
“Does the president have any concerns about a candidate for president using computer experts to infiltrate computer systems of competing candidates – or even the president-elect – for the goal of creating a narrative … Is that something …,” Jacqui Heinrich, of Fox News, asked.
“That’s something I can’t speak to from this podium so I refer you to the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“Is what’s been described in that report, monitoring internet traffic, is that spying?” Heinrich pressed, prompting Jean-Pierre to repeat her directive to ask the DOJ.
The Fox News reporter gave it one more try, attempting to ask the question differently.
“Jacqui, my answer’s not going to change,” Jean-Pierre shot back. “I refer you to the Department of Justice. I can’t speak for that from here.”
On Saturday, Durham released a filing that claims lawyers working for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for a company to get into former President Donald Trump’s computer servers. The mission, Durham suggests, was to create an “inference” and “narrative” that they could bring up to government agencies establishing a link between the former president and Russia.
According to Durham, the company used a pending cybersecurity contract to access the government domain name system.
“Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to non-public and/or proprietary Internet data. Tech Executive-1 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,” it reads.
“Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia. In doing so, Tech Executive-1 indicated that he was seeking to please certain ‘VIPs,’ referring to individuals at Law Firm-1 and the Clinton campaign.”
Trump himself reacted to the news, claiming that it is “indisputable evidence” of “a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate.”
“Those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution,” he claimed. “In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”
The filing comes amidst the prosecution of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman.
Trump demanded “reparations” for those who have been “damaged” by the spying.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 13, 2022
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