The Trump-Russia story began with a simple search of the “internet phone book.”

WASHINGTON, DC — They’re running their cyber fingers.

Opposition research, which found a now-debunked back-channel between Donald Trump and Russia, began with a simple search for Trump’s name in the “internet phone book.”

The misguided origin of the alleged cyber connection between Russia and Trump was revealed in a document filed as evidence in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann.

The eight-page report, titled “White Paper #1 – Auditable V3,” claims that on July 28, 2016, a search of the global domain name system — also known as the “phone book of the internet” — returned 1,933 results containing the word ” Trump card”.

Another search turned up 3,352 domains registered by the Trump Organization, including “,” which was then associated with an email server called “,” which, according to the document, contained “anomalous data “ showed .

Special Counsel John Durham enters court in a suit and tie on Wednesday.
Special Counsel John Durham, whom Attorney General William Barr appointed in 2019 to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
Ron Sachs – CNP

The white paper further claimed that between May 4th and September 4th, 2016, the majority of online searches for came from IP addresses registered with or linked to Alfa Bank of Russia, including an “unusually configured server”. from the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“The only plausible explanation for this server configuration is that it shows that the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank use multiple layers of protection to obfuscate their substantial recent email traffic,” the report’s “Results” read.

Sussmann, 57, is accused of lying to the government by denying that he was “not acting on behalf of a client” when he showed then-FBI General Counsel James Baker the No 1 and other material delivered, according to an indictment obtained by Special Counsel John Durham last year.

Michael Sussmann comes to court in a gray suit, white shirt, blue tie and black briefcase.
Michael Sussmann comes to court on Wednesday.
Ron Sachs – CNP

During Tuesday’s opening statement in DC federal court, prosecutor Deborah Brittain accused Shaw Sussmann of complicity in “a plot to create an October surprise on the eve of the presidential election.”

Shaw also told jurors that an FBI investigation of the material Sussmann gave Baker found it was merely a “spam email server” used for marketing purposes.

FBI Agent Scott Hellman testified Monday that he disagreed with the conclusions in White Paper #1, saying they were “not supported by the technical data.”

A headshot of April Lorentzen who has medium length brown hair and wears a light blue bottom.
April Lorenzen, the data scientist who reportedly “collected” Sussmann’s data.

Hellman was also questioned by the defense about an electronic message in which he told an FBI colleague that the report “feels a bit like 51-50,” using a slang term that refers to mental illness.

“I thought that the person who wrote this document might have an intellectual disability,” Hellman said.

Who’s who in this case

  • Michael Sussmann: cybersecurity attorney who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016; charged with lying to the FBI
  • Rodney Joffee: Former tech executive and Sussmann customer who told him about an alleged cyber back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank
  • Christopher Steele: British ex-spy hired by Fusion GPS; compiled the infamous “Steele Dossier” with reports on Trump and Russia
  • John Durham: Special Counsel is investigating potential criminality in the state investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia
  • James A Baker: Former FBI General Counsel; Received information from Alfa-Bank from Sussmann
  • Markus Elias: General Counsel of the Clinton campaign, Sussmann’s former partner at the Perkins Coie law firm
  • Judge Christopher Cooper: Presiding over the Sussman trial in federal court in Washington, DC
  • Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson: Former Wall Street Journal reporters who co-founded research firm Fusion GPS; worked for Clinton’s campaign
  • Andrew McCabe: Former Deputy Director of the FBI; is said to have contradicted the charges against Sussmann at a briefing in 2017

The exhibit doesn’t reveal who wrote White Paper #1, but the underlying data was “collected” by court filings by April Lorenzen, a data scientist and founder of Rhode Island-based company ZETAlytics.

Lorenzen, a registered Democrat, declined to comment on a woman posing as her wife last week when The Post visited her home in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

“She won’t talk to you. Don’t waste your time or your breath,” the woman said.

April Lorenzen home
A woman who posed as Lorenzen’s wife outside her home said she would not comment.
David McGlynn

The woman also used a cellphone to snap a photo for a post photographer after coming out of the house to smoke a cigarette.

Last year, Lorenzen’s attorney told The New York Times that she “has dedicated her life to the critical work of thwarting dangerous cyberattacks on our country.”

“Any suggestion that she engaged in any wrongdoing is clearly false,” added attorney Michael J. Connolly. The Trump-Russia story began with a simple search of the “internet phone book.”


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