New Durham Filing Sheds Light on Where Probe Might Go Next

Ryan DeLarme,
February 13th, 2022

A recent filing by Special Prosecutor John Durham appears to put the crosshairs on one Rodney Joffe, otherwise known as “Tech Executive-1” from the Micheal Sussman indictment, and some of his acquaintances at Georgia Tech.  According to Durham, Joffe and his associates exploited internet data from “the Executive Office of the President of the United States” to further their own political agenda.

Durham filed the Government’s Motion to Inquire into Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Micheal Sussman case on February 11th, 2022, and can be read HERESussman, Hillary Clinton’s campaign attorney, was charged with giving false statements to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker regarding the interests he was representing when he pushed the now-debunked Alfa Bank/Trump sham.

The primary basis for this new motion is that Sussman’s current counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP (Latham) could potentially have a conflict of interest due to Latham previously representing Perkins Coie and Marc Elias “in this investigation”. It has been alleged that Latham “likely possesses confidential knowledge about Perkins Coie’s role in, and views concerning, Sussman’s past activities.”

Another conflict might also exist due to Latham representing both the Clinton Campaign and Hillary for America in the Special Counsel’s investigation. Durham has observed that Latham’s duties to these former clients “might cause its interests to diverge from those of [Sussman]”. Durham might offer evidence at trial that he’d obtained from the Clinton Campaign and Hillary for America.

Then we have “Tech Executive-1” Rodney Joffe, who exploited proprietary – possibly even classified – data that was provided by DARPA to further their own strategic political attacks, an action that might result in charges. It was eventually confirmed that a couple of former DARPA employees have already given grand jury testimony, which hints that Durham might be following this track.

So John Durham has divulged, at least to an extent, that certain tech experts and contractors (the very same folks who were involved in the Alfa Bank set up) essentially spied on a sitting President. According to Durham, Joffe and his friends at DARPA had come to possess this data as a part of a “sensitive arrangement” with the US government. 

The filing suggests that Joffe and his cohorts manipulated this information to further a manufactured narrative that was essentially a smear campaign claiming that Donald Trump and those in his orbit were continuing their “secret backchannels” with Russia. HIllary Clinton really kicked off these claims on Twitter just before the election as a sort of “October Surprise”, this was all then repackaged with the Alfa Bank hoax and given to Micheal Sussman, who then laundered it to the CIA on February 9th, 2017. 

Sussman alleged to the CIA that the data showed “Trump and/or his associates were using supposedly rare, Russian-made wireless phones in the vicinity of the White House and other locations.”

John Durham, for his part, identified “no support for these allegations”.

The question remains why Joffe (through Sussman) risked legal exposure to continue pushing these false Trump-Russia allegations before and after the 2016 election. He did this first with the FBI in 2016, and then again with the CIA in 2017.

Was Joffe desperate? Could it be that he was experiencing heavy pressure from those above him? The public can only speculate at this juncture but it seems highly likely that we will see an indictment for Rodney Joffe in the future. 

President Donald Trump certainly seems to think that there should be prosecutions and reparations, going so far as to demand them this Saturday, saying that Durham’s latest filing “provides indisputable evidence that my campaign and presidency were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia,”.

He continued:

This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution,” he added. “In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death. In addition, reparations should be paid to those in our country who have been damaged by this.”  

We’ll have to see where things go from here, the investigation and its indictments seem to be moving at a snail’s pace, but perhaps that’s just the price of being thorough. When you are tasked with uncovering what could be one of the greatest and wide-ranging criminal conspiracies in the history of American politics, it is probably best to be more thorough than expeditious.

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Published by Ryan DeLarme

Independent Media, Investigative Journalism

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