White House declines to comment on Durham allegations, refers Fox News to DOJ


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White House press secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly dodged questions about the ongoing investigation into Durham, which in a new filing alleges that a group of researchers linked to Hillary’s campaign Clinton monitored Donald Trump’s web activity for links to Russia and reported their findings to the CIA.

Fox News has twice pressed Psaki for comment from the White House regarding Durham’s new filing.

“Durham says there was an outside company linked to the Clinton camp that was monitoring server information on the president’s executive office through the Obama administration, possibly in the Trump administration,” the correspondent for Psaki asked. Fox News at the White House, Jacqui Heinrich. “Do you know if there is still a system that retrieves data from the server on the EOP and if not, when it stopped?”

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“Again, I know you asked my colleague a few questions about this the other day,” Psaki replied. “But I would report any questions about it to the Department of Justice.”

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Heinrich pressed further, asking for comment on the internet traffic surveillance allegations.

“And then that’s what was described in the file,” Heinrich asked. “They monitor internet traffic, is that generally – would that be considered something like espionage?”

PSAki again dismissed the question, replying, “Again, I would point you to the Department of Justice.”

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A lawyer for clinton campaign used research from a tech company that pulled web traffic from servers owned by Trump Tower, and later the White Housein order to establish an “inference” and a “narrative” to be brought to government agencies linking donald trump at Russiaa filing from the special advocate John Durham alleged.

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Durham filed a petition Feb. 11 focused on potential conflicts of interest related to representing former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who was charged with making a false statement to a federal agent. Sussmann pleaded not guilty.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a briefing at the White House on February 16, 2022.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a briefing at the White House on February 16, 2022.
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The indictment against Sussmann says he told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the 2016 presidential election, that he was not working “for no client” when he requested and held a meeting in which he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a secret communication channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

But Durham’s Feb. 11 filing, in a section titled “Factal Background,” reveals that Sussmann “collected and forwarded the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a technology executive (Tech Executive 1) at a US-based internet company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.”

Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.


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