The Clinton spying scandal is affecting other top Democrats.
It’s making the White House face uncomfortable questions.
Joe Biden has a terrible close connection to the Clinton spying report.
Special counsel John Durham revealed a report last week that alleged that Neustar’s chief technology officer, Rodney Joffe, “exploited” access to White House internet traffic in order to collect “derogatory” information about former President Donald Trump.
Joffe allegedly handed over the stolen data to Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who passed it along to the CIA in 2017.
There’s one campaign besides the Clinton campaign that paid the Neustar Information Services for work.
The Biden campaign paid nearly $20,000 to Neustar Information Services in 2020 for accounting and compliance work, according to Federal Election Commission records.
“The Biden campaign’s payments raise questions about whether Joffe continued snooping on Trump in the most recent election,” the Washington Free Beacon reported. “The Biden and Clinton campaigns are the only two presidential committees to have ever paid Neustar, according to Federal Election Commission records. Biden’s campaign paid Neustar $18,819 on Sept. 29, 2020, the records show. The Clinton campaign paid the firm $3,000 in May 2015 for mobile phone services. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid $3,000 to Neustar in 2017. Neustar executives and staffers contributed $17,906 to Biden’s campaign, FEC records show.”
Trump called for the people who allegedly spied on him to be held accountable.
“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,” Trump said.
Joffe is trying to claim that the way he handled White House data was legal.
“Contrary to the allegations in this recent filing, Mr. Joffe is an apolitical internet security expert with decades of service to the U.S. Government who has never worked for a political party, and who legally provided access to DNS data obtained from a private client that separately was providing DNS services to the Executive Office of the President (EOP),” a spokesperson for Joffe said in a statement reported by NBC News.
Durham said that Joffe indicated that he had mined White House traffic to please certain “VIPs” at Perkins Coie and on the Clinton campaign.
After Clinton lost the election to Trump in 2016, Joffe said in an email, “I was tentatively offered the top [cybersecurity] job by the Democrats when it looked like they’d win. I definitely would not take the job under Trump,” according to the indictment against Sussmann.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment when questioned on Durham’s revelations on Wednesday.
“I know you asked my colleague a few questions about this the other day, but I would point you — any questions about this to the Department of Justice,” replied Psaki, referencing Heinrich raising the matter at a Monday briefing with deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
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