Durham’s Latest Report Alleging a Sitting President Was Spied on ‘Really Troubling’: Rep. Jordan

Durham’s Latest Report Alleging a Sitting President Was Spied on ‘Really Troubling’: Rep. Jordan
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) listens during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington on Sept. 23, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)
Masooma Haq
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Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says he’s troubled by special counsel John Durham’s latest filing, which alleges that President Donald Trump was spied on not only during his 2016 presidential campaign, but well into his presidency.

Jordan said he knew that there was possible spying on candidate Trump, but now it appears that they continued spying on a sitting president well into his time in office.

“So between Election Day of [2016] and Inauguration Day on January 2017, but it appears they may have also continued this spying effort while he was president of the United States,” Jordan told NTD’s Paul Greaney. “The executive office of the president is cited in Mr. Durham’s latest filing, so that is really troubling if they, in fact, were spying on the sitting president.

“He talked about going right to the Clinton campaign, and then he referenced what’s called Tech Executive-1. It’s been reported this individual’s name is Joffe.

“I thought the language was interesting. The goal was to create an inference or a narrative about President Trump and him being linked to Russia. But when you use that language, ‘create a narrative,’ we used to call that framing someone and that’s exactly what it looks like they were doing, and Durham’s investigation is going right to the Clinton campaign.”

Jordan was referring to the court filing, which reads, “Tech Executive-1 tasked these researchers to mine internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia.”

Former deputy to the acting director of national intelligence under Trump, Kash Patel, was also surprised by Durham’s latest filing and echoed how troubling this claim is.

“The main thing that was new was what I call line of effort three. John Durham revealed in his latest pleading that Michael Sussmann, the indicted head Hilary Clinton lawyer from the Hillary Clinton campaign and for the DNC, retained a tech company to do a number of things. One of the things this tech company was supposed to do was mine for data to create ... ‘a narrative and an inference’ that Donald Trump was somehow, had a relationship with Russia,” Patel said during a Feb. 25 episode of Epoch TV’s Kash’s Corner.

Durham’s Feb. 11 court filing reads, “The Government’s evidence at trial will also establish that among the internet data, Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited, was domain name system (‘DNS’) Internet traffic pertaining to a particular healthcare provider, Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and the Executive Office of the President of the United States (‘EOP’).”

Patel noted that the EOP isn’t the White House, but consists of six component offices which are housed in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which shows how broad the covert effort was. The six offices in the EOP include the president, the vice president, the National Security Council, the National Economic Council, the trade representative counsel, and the White House counsel.

“What John Durham alleges is that Sussmann created a relationship with the tech company, the tech company then went out and got ‘a sensitive arrangement’ to access Trump Tower, one of Donald Trump’s residences, and the White House; specifically the Executive Office of the President,” he said.

“This individual Tech Executive-1 was brought on by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign specifically to execute line of effort three and utilize the servers at the White House, Trump Tower, and Trump’s office building to mine information that would show a narrative and inference that Trump was colluding or had a relationship with Russia. That’s in the pleading itself.”

The filing reads: “Tech Executive-1’s employer, Internet Company-1, had come to access and maintain dedicated servers for the EOP as part of a sensitive arrangement whereby it provided DNS resolution services to the EOP. Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.”

Masooma Haq began reporting for The Epoch Times from Pakistan in 2008. She currently covers a variety of topics including U.S. government, culture, and entertainment.
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