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U.S. Spy Scandal Could Be Bigger than Watergate

On February 11th, U.S. Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion accusing lawyers for Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democrat presidential candidate, of spying on her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. According to Fox News, lawyers working for Clinton’s campaign hired a technology company to “infiltrate” computer servers at Trump Tower, where the Republican candidate maintained his campaign headquarters. 

After Trump took office as president, the server infiltration allegedly targeted the White House. The purpose, according to Special Counsel Durham, was to build a false narrative accusing Trump of collaborating with the Russian government in order to win the 2016 election. 

In a follow-up story on February 14th, Fox News reported that former U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has found enough evidence to indict “multiple people” on charges related to Durham’s investigation. 

In a reaction to the filings by Special Counsel Durham, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that Donald Trump was correct in suggesting that he was the target of illegal spying. Michael Turner, another Republican Congressman, expressed concerns that the Clinton campaign had used government resources to fabricate accusations against a political opponent.

Former President Trump stated that the Durham investigation is uncovering a scandal that exceeds Watergate “in scope and magnitude.”

Special Counsel Durham has already indicted former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), about his work to fabricate allegations against Trump for the Clinton campaign. 

Sven R. Larson is a political economist and author. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Roskilde University, Denmark. Originally from Sweden, he lives in America where for the past 16 years he has worked in politics and public policy. He has written several books, including Democracy or Socialism: The Fateful Question for America in 2024.

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