Politics 'Clinton indictment' blows Russia collusion conspiracy wide open, top GOP investigator says

05:15  18 september  2021
05:15  18 september  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The cybersecurity lawyer indicted this week by a grand jury in special counsel John Durham's investigation could end up being the "fall guy" for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, warned a top House Republican.

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Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Newsmax on Thursday there is evidence of a broad Russia collusion conspiracy — allegations the congressman's team investigated and referred to the Justice Department. But, he cautioned the Clintons "have a long history of their lawyers and agents disappearing."

Michael Sussmann, a former attorney from Perkins Coie, is accused of falsely telling the top FBI lawyer he had no clients when he was representing a technology executive and the Clinton campaign during a meeting on possible links between former President Donald Trump and Russia. Sussmann pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI on Friday, with lawyers insisting he never said he didn't have clients and was representing only the technology executive.

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The indictment accuses Mr Sussmann of hiding that he was working with Hillary Clinton ’s presidential campaign during a conversation he had with the FBI’s general counsel, when he relayed concerns from cybersecurity researchers about potentially suspicious contacts between Russia -based Alfa Bank and a Trump organization server. The investigation was slowed by the coronavirus pandemic and experienced leadership tumult following the abrupt departure last fall of a top deputy on Mr Durham’s team.

The indictment was rumored back in August in the Wall Street Journal, while the New York Times cited “people familiar with the matter” to preemptively frame it on Thursday, using quotes from Sussmann’s attorneys and the lawyer for the unnamed tech executive. While the FBI’s original probe and a subsequent special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller delivered nothing on Trump, they saw a number of his campaign aides and associates jailed or ruined by legal fees, such as national security adviser Michael Flynn, political operative Roger Stone, and junior aide George Papadopoulos.


The Perkins Coie law firm has already been tied to the Russia matter. Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign manager, said in 2017 he authorized Marc Elias — another attorney who, up until recently, worked for Perkins Coie — to hire an outside firm to dig up dirt on Trump’s connections with Russia in 2016. This led to British ex-spy Christopher Steele's discredited anti-Trump dossier.

Nunes contended evidence in the "slam dunk" indictment has solid evidence showing Sussmann was integral in helping the Clinton team develop the narrative there was a secret backchannel between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. The FBI investigated the claims and could not find evidence to support them but not before the media reported on the inquiry and the Clinton campaign promoted the allegations leading up to the 2016 contest.

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12, the indictment said , Mr. Sussmann called Mr. Elias, the Clinton campaign lawyer, and spoke about his “efforts to communicate” with the Times reporter about the Alfa Bank allegations. “A former White House insider with direct knowledge of the Russian collusion case tells me before leaving office, President Trump declassified thousands of Russian collusion documents. I’m told those documents directly implicate a number of FBI agents. I’m also told they will prove those agents weaponized the FBI and engaged in criminal activity.

Prosecutors say he lied by not disclosing that he was a paid employee of Mrs Clinton 's presidential campaign at the time. The tip, claiming a link between a company run by Mr Trump and Russian bank, was investigated by the FBI and found to be unsubstantiated. No evidence of a conspiracy was found, but Mr Mueller indicted more than 30 people - including several key Trump officials for lying to investigators . Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions.

Beyond the "circumstantial evidence" the California Republican said he already had, the congressman said, "We now have emails and communications, and clearly, Durham's done interviews in this."

"I would hope that this is only the first of several other indictments," said Nunes, adding there are government officials he still wants to be held accountable. But he stressed the new indictment does not look good for members of the Clinton campaign and others involved, some of whom have made their way into the Biden administration, such as White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

Nunes said Durham is "circling the wagons" and would "be surprised" if Sussmann did not reach a plea agreement.

"There was a conspiracy here," Nunes said. "You've heard me talk about this for many, many years. The Clinton campaign conspired with really bad agents and bad actors within the FBI and other locations. So, this guy you've got lying to the FBI. We know people conspired to do this. Conspiracy is a major charge, and it can be very, very broad. That's what I would like to see — was this the only guy that did it? Is he going to be the fall guy for the Clinton campaign? We've seen that in history, remember? We've seen people in history be the fall guy for the Clintons."

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GOP leaders say they’re tired of spending US taxpayers’ money on something just because of political differences and a desire to paint Trump and Russia as colluding partners, says attorney Jennifer Breedon. There are new developments in the year-long investigation into alleged Russian meddling and collusion . Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said their investigation is over, and they have found no evidence that candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians .

Durham was a U.S. attorney appointed by former Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation and received special counsel status last year to continue his work into the Biden administration.

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Durham's endeavor has long been criticized by Democrats and legal observers who claim the inquiry is meant to undercut Robert Mueller's special investigation into alleged ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia. Still, Trump and his allies have championed it as a means to root out corrupt officials to settle political scores.


Mueller's team was unable to find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, his report described 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice that Democrats seized on as a road map to impeachment. The investigation also led to several convictions and guilty pleas from Trump's associates over charges unrelated to collusion with Russia.

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In the more than two years he has conducted his inquiry into the genesis and conduct of the Russia investigation, Durham has not sought any charges related to conspiracy. So far, Durham has obtained only a single guilty plea from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email about a Trump campaign aide under government surveillance.

Recent reports suggest the prosecutor is considering criminal prosecutions of lower-level FBI agents and others as he investigates information provided to the FBI in 2016 that spurred on the Trump-Russia investigation.

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