John Durham is quietly going for the kill against the Hillary campaign of lies. He has subpoenaed records from Hillary For America, Perkins and Coie and Fusion GPS. They have refused to turn the documents over, saying that Fusion GPS was acting as a legal advisor and Democrats have come out of the woodwork to bolster Hillary’s claim. But, Durham says okay, but you need to testify under oath that Fusion was working as a legal advisor. The libs went silent.
Back in August 2017, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He explained that Fusion GPS was hired to gather facts on Donald Trump. That is not legal advice, that’s called opposition research. If he were to testify under oath about being a legal advisor, he would be guilty of perjury either now or in his previous testimony to Congress.
Simpson also offered further proof that he was retained for opposition research in a book he co-wrote with Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch. In the book, they recounted a meeting they had with Hillary’s lawyer, Mark Elias, of the Perkins Coie law firm. Elias asked them to provide opposition research on Trump.
On April 6, Durham filed this motion to compel in the Michael Sussmann case. He requested the court to force the surrender of “emails and attachments between and among” Perkins Coie, Rodney Joffe, and Fusion GPS. Durham claims that these documents would “appear or involve or relate to” Fusion GPS’s provision of research and media services to Hillary for America, the DNC, and Perkins Coie.
We now hear arguments that Fusion GPS worked as legal advisors to Perkins Coie, including a curious and most interesting one from the corrupt John Podesta who claimed:
But, is that true? Simpson testified that he had released information to major media outlets and that would pretty much blow away any argument of confidentiality of Fusion GPS. However, opposition research companies often release their findings to the press.
Not to be outdone, Robby Mook (Hillary’s campaign manager) told the court that he believed that contractors for Perkins Coie – which would include Fusion GPS – were providing “legal services and legal advice” to the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately for Hillary for America, Mook’s belief is insufficient for the purposes of privilege. As to the Mook’s “belief,” Stephen McIntyre has a good thread on how Mook pushed Trump/Russia allegations during the campaign.
Clinton lawyer Marc Elias also submitted a declaration, stating the role of Fusion GPS was to “provide consulting services in support of the legal advice” Perkins Coie and Elias were providing their clients. This contradicts Elias’s own statements cited above.