Special Counsel John H. Durham scored a massive legal victory which could finally force Hillary Clinton to pay for her role in fabricating the Trump-Russia collusion lie.
A federal judge in Washington, DC, agreed to compel the production of documents that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign claimed were protected by attorney-client privilege. Durham is prosecuting former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI when he claimed to be acting as a private citizen in providing false information purporting to link then-candidate Donald Trump to the Russian government via Alfa Bank.
The New York Post noted earlier in the week, “In court papers filed last month, Durham said the Democratic National Committee, Hillary for America, the Fusion GPS research company and the powerhouse Perkins Coie law firm — where Sussmann was formerly a partner — “have all withheld and/or redacted documents and communications” that could potentially be used against the defendant.””
The post continued, “Durham said they made that decision “based on an apparent theory that political opposition research and/or public relations work … falls within the legitimate scope of attorney-client privilege and work-product protections.””
““They have done so despite the fact that almost all of these materials appear to lack any connection to actual or expected litigation or the provision of legal advice,” members of Durham’s team wrote,” the outlet concluded.
Durham argued that the documents he sought were crucial to demonstrating the relationship between Sussmann and others, even if the substance of the documents were to be redacted.
According to legal blogger Techno Fog, a federal judge just agreed with Durham’s request.
Techno Fog wrote, “Durham won the first part of the fight. Durham’s motion to compel has been granted. “Privileged” Fusion GPS e-mails/docs will be provided to the court for in camera review. The court will then determine whether the “privileges” apply. (Durham will get the docs.)”
The court will review the documents “in camera” — that is, behind closed doors — before deciding whether they must be turned over to the prosecution and possibly admitted into evidence during the trial, which starts in earnest later this month.
The Washington Examiner reported that the court will only review 38 documents of 1,500 over which the defendants and their associates have asserted privilege, but more documents could be introduced in future trials.
The judge said that while some of the work done by Fusion GPS might have been legal in nature, the opposition research did not qualify, and therefore some of the documents would have to be reviewed.
Five Hillary Clinton associates have already indicated they will be asserting their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in the trial as prosecutors allege that the defendants were involved in a major conspiracy aimed to craft the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia, and to plant it in the media and feed it to law enforcement.