Durham: CIA deemed data on Trump Russian collusion not ‘technically plausible … user created’

The latest court filing by Special Counsel John Durham strongly indicated that the evidence used to malign former President Donald Trump over claims of Russian collusion was not “technically plausible” and “user-created” in a manner that some believe may once and for all clear the president of alleged wrongdoing.

Durham’s Friday filing was a response to objections from attorney Michael Sussmann as to what evidence was admissible in his upcoming trial scheduled for May 16. Sussmann had worked as a lawyer for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was indicted in 2021 after being accused of lying to the FBI about representing her campaign during a meeting.

Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to the allegations made which would suggest that legitimate passive data collection had found a connection between Trump and Russian assets, however the latest filing suggests that cannot be the case.

“For example, while the FBI did not reach an ultimate conclusion regarding the data’s accuracy or whether it might have been in whole or in part genuine, spoofed, altered, or fabricated, Agency-2 concluded in early 2017 that the Russian Bank-1 data and Russian Phone Provider-1 data was not ‘technically plausible,’ did not ‘withstand technical scrutiny,’ ‘contained gaps,’ ‘conflicted with [itself],’ and was ‘user created and not machine/tool generated,” Durham wrote.

As previously reported, Sussmann’s attorneys had sought to withhold documents believed to be related to Fusion GPS’s “provision of opposition research and media strategy-related services” to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and law firm Perkins Coie.

They argued that by asserting privilege over those documents, the Special Counsel was alleging that the “information must be inculpatory.”

Durham’s latest filing expresses the importance of reviewing the documents as he added, “The Special Counsel’s Office has not reached a definitive conclusion in this regard.”

He also said the information will “enable the jury to evaluate those steps, which, in turn, will inform their conclusions about whether the defendant’s alleged false statement was material and could tend to influence or impair government functions.”

Durham noted, “the Government is not seeking to usurp a credibility finding from the jury through lay opinion testimony. Indeed, the Government does not plan to elicit the ‘opinion’ … as to whether [Sussmann] currently ‘think’ the press statements were false or misleading.”

“Rather, the Government will appropriately elicit testimony as to the circumstances in which the statements were created, reviewed, and approved…” and if he “knew any of the media statements to be false at the time…” the Special Counsel wrote.

Should these claims be proven accurate during Sussmann’s trial, it could entirely discredit any slanderous and libelous accusations made regarding the former president and his working with Russian assets toward his advantage in winning the 2016 election.



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