We reported earlier on some of the Biden connections to the Durham probe, including DNI John Ratcliffe confirming that Joe Biden had been told about the plan from the Clinton campaign to smear Donald Trump.
But, there’s another intriguing piece of information that the Free Beacon just dropped — that in 2020, the Biden campaign also paid the same internet company being talked about concerning the Durham probe.
The Biden campaign paid nearly $20,000 to a cybersecurity firm at the center of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
The campaign paid Neustar Information Services in 2020 for accounting and compliance work, according to Federal Election Commission records. According to Durham, Neustar’s chief technology officer, Rodney Joffe, accessed sensitive web traffic data that the company maintained on behalf of the White House executive office to collect “derogatory” information about Donald Trump. Joffe allegedly provided the information to Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who in turn gave it to the CIA during a meeting in February 2017. Durham charged Sussmann in September with lying to the FBI about his investigation of Trump.
That raises the question: was the same action going on against Trump in 2020?
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.
Now, it should be noted that Durham hasn’t accused Neustar or Joffe of having done anything illegal. What has been alleged is that Joffe collected the data to find derogatory information to provide to the Clinton team that could then be used against Trump to please people in the campaign, and that he thought he might get a job in a Clinton Administration. While Neustar and Joffe were not named in the Durham filing, Joffe’s attorney has confirmed his involvement.
The Free Beacon queried the White House about this information and what was going on with this payment. The White House referred them to the DNC — and that says a lot right there.
Why can’t the White House simply answer the question, and if it’s an innocent campaign use, no problem? But given what allegedly went on with the Clinton campaign, it raises all kinds of flags as to what was going on here. The “derogatory information” – such as the debunked Alfa Bank smear – was then allegedly fed to media and to the FBI by the Clinton people. So, it wasn’t just the surveillance, it was the alleged effort to spread that information to hurt Trump, even using the power of the government against him by giving information to the FBI. Sussman is charged with lying to FBI general counsel James Baker by denying he was looking into Trump at the behest of the Clinton campaign.
So, here’s another question that media needs to be put to Biden himself — and they should not let him dodge it.