Special Counsel John Durham has scored another big victory after a federal judge ordered Hillary Clinton to hand over documents for the Russia hoax investigation.
The judge in Washington, DC, sided with Durham and agreed to compel the production of documents that Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign claimed were protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Durham is prosecuting former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI.
Sussmann lied to agents when he claimed to be acting as a private citizen who was handing over information that he claimed showed criminal activity.
However, he was actually providing false information on behalf of the Clinton campaign in an attempt to link then-candidate Donald Trump to the Russian government via Alfa Bank.
Durham had requested the documents last month but faced pushback from Clinton’s allies.
As 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.”
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.
In that motion, 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.
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