Special Counsel John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr, entered a court filing this week claiming Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign fed “unverified” and disparaging information to the media just before election day in 2016.
One of Durham’s filings say the “unverified derogatory” information given to outlets such as the New York Times about Trump “triggered a sizeable outflow of unverified derogatory information into the media, the government, and the public.”
In another filing he wrote, “The documents produced … to date reflect hundreds of emails in which [the Clinton campaign] shared raw, unverified, and uncorroborated information — including their own draft research and work product — with reporters. And they appear to have done so as part of a (largely successful) effort to trigger negative news stories [about Trump].”
At separate times in the filings, Durham refers to the information distributed to the media about Trump as “red herring,” “unverified,” “too obvious” to be true, or containing a “very weak link.”
Durham also alleges the media flood precipitated the Russian collusion investigation. He claims the information given to the media by political strategy firm Fusion GPS, which was working for the Clinton campaign at the time, was meant to sow distrust in the former president.
“One would expect contemporaneous emails and documents to reflect that Fusion GPS and/or its clients exercised some degree of caution and care before publicizing unverified or potentially inflammatory materials,” but they did not, Durham wrote.
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