The Return Of Marc Elias: The Lawyer Implicated In The Clinton Dossier Scandal Is Back In The News

It appears that Marc E. Elias is back. The Perkins Coie lawyer was the focus of stories related to the Steele dossier and the long-denial of the Clinton campaign that it actually funded investigation. Despite such false statements by the campaign before the election, the money was found to have been paid out as a legal expense through Elias as counsel for the campaign. Elias also reportedly was present when this funding was denied to the media and to Congress. The Biden campaign enlisted Elias to lead efforts in election challenges despite that history. He is now making a curious argument in New York for a Democratic lawyer: he is alleging that thousands of votes may have been switched or changed by Dominion voting machines.

I previously wrote about Elias’ role in what many view as an effort to hide and deny the role of Clinton in the dossier, which was later discredited on many of its allegations. He was present when any connection to the Clinton campaign was denied to congressional investigators. No one was charged for making false statements in the interview. Likewise, while legal blogs have called for disbarments of Trump lawyers for making false statements, there is no call to determine if Elias should face similar scrutiny and whether, as alleged, he lied about the funding of the dossier or assisted others in making such false or misleading statements.

As discussed previously, Elias played a key role in allowing Clinton to deny any involvement in the dossier.

Throughout the campaign, and for many weeks after, the Clinton campaign denied any involvement in the creation of the dossier that was later used to secure a secret surveillance warrant against Trump associates during the Obama administration. Journalists later discovered that the Clinton campaign hid the payments to Fusion as a “legal fees” among the $5.6 million paid to the law firm. New York Times reporter Ken Vogel at the time said that Clinton lawyer Marc Elias had “vigorously” denied involvement in the anti-Trump dossier. When Vogel tried to report the story, he said, Elias “pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.’” Times reporter Maggie Haberman likewise wrote: “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.” Even when Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was questioned by Congress on the matter, he denied any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS. Sitting beside him was Elias, who reportedly said nothing to correct the false information given to Congress.

Later, confronted with the evidence, Clinton and her campaign finally admitted that the dossier was a campaign-funded document that was pushed by Steele and others to the media.

Later Elias was mentioned in a government report in a critical meeting with John Podesta and congressional investigators: Here is the nut of the report:

“Podesta was asked in his September interview whether the Clinton campaign had a contractual agreement with Fusion GPS, and he said he was not aware of one, according to one of the sources. Sitting next to Podesta during the interview: his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm that hired Fusion GPS to continue research on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC, multiple sources said. Elias was only there in his capacity as Podesta’s attorney and not as a witness.”

It is not clear if Podesta’s denial was immediately or later formally corrected since Elias could have informed Podesta after the meeting that there was indeed such a relationship. Indeed, one would think that this issue would have been discussed before a meeting on that very subject.

There seems little interest in the statement by Podesta to investigators or Elias’ role in what Haberman denounced as lies to the media.  Perkins Coie was also not apparently concerned by his role since he holds the position of “firmwide chair.”  Indeed, Perkins Coie appears entirely satisfied with its firmwide chair engaging in personal and juvenile attacks when confronted on such allegations.

Now, Elias is leading election challenge efforts.  One of those cases concern Democratic candidate Anthony Brindisi efforts against former Republican representative Claudia Tenney. Tenney now holds a 125-vote lead after weeks of rechecking by the 22nd Congressional District’s eight counties.  Rowan Scarborough notes that Elias seems to be “taking a page out of the Donald Trump playbook” in arguing in court that “there is reason to believe that voting tabulation machines misread hundreds if not thousands of valid votes as undervotes, and that these tabulation machine errors disproportionately affected Brindisi.”

The tabulation machines are reportedly Dominion Voting machines and a spokeswoman for the Oswego County Board of Election insisted the Elias’ claims are meritless.

Scarborough noted that Elias attacked me when I raised a controversy related to district using the Dominion system where thousands of Trump votes were initially recorded for Biden.  I noted in the interview that this was purely “human error” and that there is no evidence of system fraud or anything that would change the outcome of the election.  Nevertheless, Elias attacked me for referencing the controversy (which was to be raised in court) as outrageous. I was not surprised by the attack given my past criticism of Elias.  Somehow I think I can discuss the Democratic challenge to these machines as a legal commentator and not be accused of being a virtual holocaust denier by another law professor.  Moreover, Elias’ attack on the legitimacy of the vote counts and the Dominion system will not be treated as an attack on democracy.

I am less surprised by Elias challenge to the Dominion Voting Systems as I am that he remains one of the leading lawyers enlisted by Biden and the Democratic party after the Steele dossier scandal.

Update: Elias seems more concerned with the suggestion that he has not been in the news than the allegation that he lied to reporters and stayed silent as Podesta allegedly gave false information to Congress. After engaging in in unprofessional name calling and taunts, Elias objected that I said that he was “back” in the news. He indicated that he is high profile and much in the news. He said that I must be living under a “rock” not to have seen his high media profile. I must confess that I have not seen Elias back at the center of the news, but I take his word for it. Now perhaps he can respond to the allegations of false statements as a much-in-the-news lawyer.

122 thoughts on “The Return Of Marc Elias: The Lawyer Implicated In The Clinton Dossier Scandal Is Back In The News”

  1. Not like short of a pistol they are going to do anything about it and those authorized to take that step are now wearing yellow berets.

  2. “Elias seems more concerned with the suggestion that he has not been in the news than the allegation that he lied to reporters and stayed silent as Podesta allegedly gave false information to Congress. After engaging in in unprofessional name calling and taunts, Elias objected that I said that he was “back” in the news. He indicated that he is high profile and much in the news.”
    Elias is still ego on steroids. Karma has a way of deflating that kind of bloat.

  3. So funny how Elias’ main concern is the size of his media profile. What a tiny, insecure little worm he is.

  4. You could have used far fewer words to tell us that you’re an idiot. It’s apparent that multiple people need to think real hard as to why they still employ you.

  5. This is a totally bogus take on what was said. The facts are that the machines in no case malfunctioned. Elias is simply stating that these particular machines were not properly calibrated by the election board as required. Do you understand the difference? And if the calibration had been done right, the count would be accepted. But the election officials did not do the required work to ensure an accurate count which could’ve impacted the determination of a winner when the difference in votes is only about 120. It’s really obvious, but you actually have to read. Oh, and the Steele Dossier was originally commissioned by a Republican conservative group and many of the findings turned out to be accurate.

    1. Yeah right fool! Prof. Turkey knows that and is as honest as Our True President Mr. Trump.

    2. “The facts are that the machines in no case malfunctioned.”

      Ignoring the 22nd District case, machines malfunctioning is *not* the issue. Just the opposite. It is that some of them functioned *exactly as they were designed* — i.e., to be easily corrupted, by incompetent and dishonest users. Some of them (e.g., Dominion’s) are like leaving the back door of a jewelry store unlocked, for thieves to come and go as they please.

      (There’s ample evidence out there. So please do your own work. Besides, I’ve already provided oodles of it in countless blog comments.)

  6. The International Red Cross estimated deaths during the Holocaust at around 1.5 million. This was wrong. They did not get the memo. It was precisely 6 million.

    See? I am not denying the Holocaust. The IRC was wrong!

    So, too, were the population census figures that suggest the population of Jews in Axis controlled areas during the war was less than the number receiving “Holocaust reparations” from Germany as survivors, minus that figure of 6 million. The census was wrong!

    Or maybe some were lying and were committing fraud in their reparation applications.

    I received this information from Norman Finkelstein. They accuse him of being a denier even though his very own parents survived Belsen

    Remember, truth is what the powerful say it is. To think otherwise can get you locked up or banned

  7. Hilarious. Elias the lawyer is modeled after the lead character in the series “Better Call Sal”. Regardless of his past exploits he still represents the Democratic Party. Just like Sal he is a funny yet very sad character.

  8. Nobody has brought up the fact the super hero Elias was instrumental in changing (unconstitutionally) the election laws in the five battle ground states before the 2020 elections.

      1. And yet these change clearly were unconstitutional.

        Judges have no legislative power – yet they not merely changed but often inverted the meaning of state constitutions, and state election laws.

        They did this obviously.

        So why are we to beleive the courts when the courts later so – “no we did not” ?

        Regardless, you, the left, the government, democrats have a massive credibility problem – you are not beleived.

        Whether it is faucci saying masks do not work, and then they do, or vaccines will take a long time, and then they wont,
        or that two masks has no benefit and then it does.

        Or CDC saying schools can not reopen and now they can.

        Or Biden saying that President who govern by executive order are tyrants, as he now does.

        Or the collusion delusion.

        Or, any of the long list of lies and flip flops.

        Just as Elias claiming the Trump’s challenges to elections are lies, but that his are credible – when the actual claims are the same.

        The FACT is that computerized vote counters MUST be a closed loop system or they can not be trusted – not by the left, not by the right.

        That means at the very least a random hand auditing process must be implimented – not for this election, but for every election where machines count the ballots.

        That hand audit much be conducted by humans – unaffiliated with DVS or the election officials in the precinct being audited – the audit must be independent, and it must start with the paper ballots.

        And the audit process must be subject to public observation.

        1. “you, the right, the government, republicans have a massive credibility problem – you are not beleived.”


        2. Typical right wing nutjob who has half assed “facts” that probably calls “mainstream media” (news with actual credibility) fake while simultaneously believing anything on the internet. It’s actually hilarious.

      2. What judge would agree that their own actions are unconstitutional ?

        Not only were the actions of the courts in violation of state laws and constitutions, they were violations of the rule of law.

        When the law and constitution loses meaning or becomes highly subjective – we are lawless and government is not legitimate.

        If tomorow every conservative judge on the courts decided that the constitution and bill of rights no longer protect those on the left, and SCOTUS agreed – would that be consitutional ? The rule of law ?

        Of course not – but that is what occured. Judges decided that the plain language of the law and consistution did not apply – if the challenger was Trump, and SCOTUS refused to act.

        1. These are dark times for the Constitution , fair elections, and accurate equal application of laws. Elias should be in jail, but at the least disbarred. So many deserved punishment and skated, while anti-Trump establishment cover-ups continued, the SCOTUS abandoned the people in examining voter fraud, and are far more to blame for Capitol Riots than even Nancy Pelosi and her cabal.

          1. Be in jail for not letting GOP suppress votes and toss out votes that weren’t for them?

        2. You are correct here. The sickening double standards if continued will destroy the country.

  9. In 1814 we took a little hike.
    Down with General Jackson to a lake in Mic A Mike.
    We took a little bacon and we took a little beans.
    And fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans
    We fired our guns and the British kept a coming.
    There wasn’t quite as many as there was a while ago

    In 2021 we walked to the front steps.
    The crowd of terrorists were running up at us.
    We kept our guns at the holsters on our sides.
    We ran from the mob and they followed us inside.

    When time has passed and people look back.
    They will see that America has chosen to be lax.
    We eat a lot of beans and fart with no surprise
    The British think we’re stupid and not to theorize

  10. It should be apparent at this point, that Democrats have a contest going to see who can make the most self-contradicting, absurd charge and still have the media cover it up. The prize is a star studded week in Beijing.

    1. The far right nutjobs like yourself that believe everything on the internet rather your own gov organizations, judicial system and simultaneously call yourself a “patriot” is actually comical

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