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Senator Josh Hawley asks Attorney General Merrick Garland to ask Justice Department employees to recuse themselves “from any involvement in the Durham investigation” if they had anything to do with alleged Hillary Clinton campaign activities of 2016 involving the collection of non-public internet data. linked to former President Trump.
A court filing from Special Counsel John Durham’s office last week in the case against campaign attorney Michael Sussmann said the Clinton campaign paid to obtain information from servers belonging to Trump Tower and later at the White House, in order to establish an “inference” and “narrative” to be brought to federal government agencies linking donald trump at Russia.
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“Clinton’s campaign may have engaged in criminal conduct that includes hacking into computer servers and lying to the FBI,” Hawley, R-Mo., said in a letter to Garland sent Wednesday. “These are serious crimes.”
Hawley went on to say that what he called the “Clinton campaign’s criminal enterprise” involved current Biden administration officials, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan. He also said that Sullivan’s wife, Margaret Goodlander, who is an adviser in Garland’s office, is “close to Hillary Clinton.”
“I ask you to set a clear example and direct Ms. Goodlander, along with all of your other employees potentially involved in the Clinton campaign, to formally withdraw from the special counsel’s investigation,” Hawley said in the statement. letter.
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Durham’s filing did not bring criminal charges, but said a technology executive who worked with Sussmann and an investigative firm on behalf of the campaign “exploited his access to non-public internet data and / or owners,” and asked researchers “to mine internet data to establish ‘inference’ and ‘narrative’ linking then-candidate Trump to Russia.” Durham did not specify how the executive would have obtained access to the data, but the filing has led to Republican accusations that the actions were harmful, even illegal.
“These actions were part of a concerted effort to smear President Trump by promoting the false narrative that he was colluding with Russia,” Hawley wrote.
The Republican senator asked Garland if he would ask anyone associated with the Clinton campaign, including Sullivan and Goodlander, to recuse themselves from Durham’s investigation and provide a list of all recused Justice Department employees.
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At the end of the letter, Hawley also asked if the Justice Department currently had an open investigation into Hunter Biden, “including for his dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Chinese companies.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the Justice Department for comment, but they did not immediately respond.