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Trump Says Durham’s Probe Will Expose ‘The Crime Of The Century’

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Donald Trump claims Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the former president’s ties to Russia revealed the alleged spying by Hillary Clinton’s campaign was ‘treason at the highest level.’

‘It looks like this is just the beginning, because, if you read the filing and have any understanding of what took place – and I called this a long time ago – you’re going to see a lot of other things happening, having to do with what, really, just is a continuation of the crime of the century,’ Trump said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Tuesday.

‘This is such a big event, nobody’s seen anything like this.’

The former president claimed he ‘didn’t have any’ insight into the allegations outlined in Durham’s February 11 court filing until it was made public, but noted that the Department of Justice official found ‘things far bigger than anybody thought possible.’

Durham alleged that Clinton’s presidential campaign paid to ‘infiltrate’ and exploit servers at Trump Tower, Trump’s Central Park West apartment, a ‘particular health care provider’ and the White House to ‘establish an inference and narrative’ that would tie Trump to Russia.

The filing also accused Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann of bringing Trump-Russia allegations that ‘relied, in part’ on traffic assembled by the servers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Durham was appointed in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr to investigate possible misconduct within the U. S. government as it investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign.

In a section of the filing titled Factual Background, Durham argued those involved with the infiltration of the servers were ‘mining traffic and and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.’

The former president – who alleged ‘people were suspicious that something was going on’ during the 2016 presidential campaign – was seemingly shocked by the findings.

‘Who would think a thing like this is even possible?’ Trump said. ‘Durham is also coming up with things far bigger than anybody thought possible—Nobody ever thought a thing like this would be even discussed, let alone an act like this committed.’

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He added: ‘This is treason at the highest level.’

Trump went on to say the arrangement was a ‘stage 1 crime’ and is ‘as bad as it gets,’ while also comparing it to the Watergate scandal that led to former President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

‘It is no different than Watergate, except a much more important location. It is the same theft—just modern day,’ Trump said. ‘It is not even believable.’

Trump has fueled high expectations that Durham’s investigation would uncover significant malfeasance and undermine the core conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe – that Trump associates embraced help from the Kremlin during the 2016 election, although they did not criminally conspire with Russia to tip the outcome of the race.

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The Durham probe has so far produced just three criminal charges that have not undone Mueller’s findings but have focused on significant problems related to early aspects of the Russia investigation, including a so-called dossier of Democratic-funded research into Trump’s ties to Russia and flawed warrants to conduct secret surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Those prongs of the investigation took place well before Mueller’s May 2017 appointment.

Besides Sussmann, he has charged Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty in 2020 to doctoring an email related to the surveillance of Page; and Igor Danchenko, a Russian-American analyst who fed information to former British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid by Democrats to investigate ties between Trump and Russia and whose research formed the basis of the dossier. Danchenko is accused of lying to the FBI about his sources of information.

When questioned whether he thought Mueller knew about the allegations against members of the Clinton campaign, Trump argued the investigation was focused on ‘one side.’

‘They weren’t going after it, certainly,’ Trump said. ‘They were only going after the one side—they weren’t going after the other.’

He argued that Mueller’s team ‘definitely had blinders on,’ adding: ‘It’s sad.’

Trump also posed concerns about security, alleging that if Clinton’s campaign could hack into servers that ‘foreign countries can do it’ too.

‘You have experts that do this, but they used experts to do it, and to think they could even think about doing that is not believable and, think—if they do it, foreign countries can do it,’ Trump said. ‘What kind of a security system do we have?’

Durham last year charged Sussmann with lying to the FBI during that 2016 meeting by saying that he wasn’t sharing the Alfa Bank concerns on behalf of any particular client when actually, prosecutors allege, he was doing so as an attorney for the Clinton campaign. Sussmann’s lawyers have vigorously denied that he lied and he has pleaded not guilty.

Late Monday, the former campaign manager’s lawyers demanded the court ‘strike’ the ‘factual background’ section of Durham’s filing, under the argument that it would ‘taint’ the jury pool ahead of his trial.

Trump slammed back at the attempt, telling Fox News: ‘Total nonsense. They got caught and they’re trying to figure out what to say to dim it a little bit.’

He also criticized the media for its alleged lack of coverage of Durham’s findings.

‘Another crime is being committed—and that’s the crime of the media,’ Trump said. ‘The media is absolutely not—they refuse to talk about it and yet it is 10 times bigger than Watergate.’

He added: ‘The press is corrupt and they don’t like to cover it. They’re sort of being forced. It is such a big story, I don’t know that they can play the game much longer.’

The former president and businessman also argued that Durhman may ‘go down as a great hero in this country that will be talked about for years.’

‘I gained great respect for John Durham, that he was able to do this, and that he would put it out, because other people knew it and it wasn’t coming out—it just wasn… (Read more)

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