Special prosecutor John Durham is not pulling any punches in his efforts to reveal the true depth of depravity regarding what went on in 2016 when the Hillary Clinton campaign insisted that President Donald Trump was in bed with the Russians. This week he is demanding that the law firm Perkins Coie, Hillary Clinton herself, and the Democrat National Committee hand over a tranche of documents they all claim are protected under lawyer-client privilege.
Special counsel John Durham has accused the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, research firm Fusion GPS, and Democratic law firm Perkins Coie of improperly holding back hundreds of documents relevant to his investigation under unfounded claims of attorney-client privilege.
In a 23-page filing this week, Durham asked that a federal judge order the documents be handed over for in-camera review, arguing that the privilege claims lack “any connection to actual or expected litigation or the provision of legal advice.”
In his request, Durham revealed that out of 1,455 documents withheld by Fusion GPS under claimed attorney-client privilege or work product protections, only 18 emails and attachments actually involve an attorney.
The filing went on to note that the DNC and Hillary for America — the official name for the Clinton campaign — have also tried to withhold communications between a Fusion GPS employee and tech executive Rodney Joffe, “despite the fact that no one from either the DNC or HFA is copied on certain of these communications.”
All of that begs the question, what is in the documents that the DNC, the Hillary people, and so forth want to be shielded from public view? Withholding those documents is also not part of the agreement Durham made with Michael Sussmann’s attorneys.
“When [Fusion GPS] employees communicated with [Joffe], they were doing so in furtherance of collaborating and promoting the [Alfa-Bank] allegations, not facilitating legal advice,” the filing reads.
“Simply put, these were communications related to political opposition research and were not made in confidence for the purpose of obtaining legal advice from the lawyer.’”
Durham alleged that Fusion GPS’ main purpose in working with the DNC and Clinton campaign “was to generate opposition research materials that the firm then shared widely with members of the media, the U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation … members of Congress, and others.”
None of that is illegal. Why would the communications need to be protected? It’s a fair question.