(PatriotWise.com)- In the questioning of potential jurors for Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of former Clinton Campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, the defense is objecting to jurors being asked if they have any links to the Hillary campaign’s promotion of the Trump/Russia collusion hoax.
The defense and prosecutors have agreed on some juror questions, including general questions on whether they have been involved in politics beyond voting in elections and whether they ever worked, volunteered, or contributed to any of the 2016 presidential campaigns.
Both parties had agreed to ask potential jurors if they or a member of their family or close friends knows or has connections to “any other government agency, group, organization, committee or subcommittee, public or private group or organization, including any media group or organization that has investigated or made inquiry into” either “Russian interference with the 2016 election” or “the federal government’s investigation of Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.”
But defense lawyers are drawing the line at asking jurors if they had any links to groups that have looked at or been tied to “the Clinton Campaign and/or the Democratic National Committee’s promotion of the Trump/Russia collusion narrative.” Or if they had any links to the Georgia Institute of Technology and Zetalytics and Packet Forensics.
GIT’s researchers allegedly helped spy on the Trump White House while Zetalytics and Packet Forensics are believed to be the companies who searched for derogatory information on Trump.
Sussmann’s lawyers didn’t specify why they objected to those juror questions (but we all know).
It was reported on Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission fined both the Hillary campaign and the Democratic National Committee for lying about how they spent the money used to fund the now-debunked Steele dossier.
The Clinton campaign will have to pay $8,000 while the DNC was fined $105,000 for mislabeling payments that ultimately went to opposition research firm Fusion GPS who then hired former British spy, Christopher Steele.
The DNC and the Clinton campaign paid over a million dollars to Democrat law firm Perkins Coie (Michael Sussmann’s firm).
Perkins Coie then hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Clinton’s challenger, Donald Trump. Fusion GPS then hired Steele. According to the FEC’s decision, both the DNC and the Clinton campaign’s disclosure forms listed the payments as “legal advice and services” rather than opposition research.