According to the Justice Department’s Special Counsel’s Office, the CIA data that claimed a relationship between former President Donald Trump and Russia is “not technically plausible.”
Special Counsel John Durham, in a Friday court filing, said the alleged relationship between the former President and Russia, which had been asserted by Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann, was “user-created.”
Sussman has been accused of lying to the FBI in September of 2016 when he said he did not work for the Clintons as he presented the “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel” between Trump and Kremlin-associated Alfa Bank.
Durham went on to say that Sussmann had given the CIA specific information about the former President in February of 2017. He added that the agency was able to conclude that the information was not true.
“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. [the CIA] 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 in the court documents that were filed on Friday. He did add, though, that so far, the Special Counsel’s Office “has not reached a definitive conclusion in this regard.”
Durham included in the filing that Sussmann and ex-British Intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who allegedly wrote the unaccredited dossier connecting Trump to Russia, met in 2016 at the law firm’s office in order to have a discussion about the Russian connection to Trump. After their meeting, Steele created the dossier.
Durham accused Sussmann of “representing and working for the Clinton campaign in connection with its broader opposition research efforts” and that he went as far as to “integrate” the Russia allegations into the dossier.