Politics Grand Jury Hears Evidence in Investigation of FBI Probe Into Russian Election Interference
USA gymnasts describe how FBI lied about their allegations against Larry Nassar
Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles ripped the FBI and the Justice Department in Senate testimony Wednesday for how FBI agents mishandled abuse allegations brought against Larry Nassar and then made false statements in the fallout from the botched investigation. © Getty Images "They allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year and this inaction directly allowed Nassar's abuse to continue," Maroney told the Senate Judiciary Committee after recounting the vivid details she provided the agent interviewing her about Nassar's abuse.
The federal prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the origins of the's probe of Russia's interference with U.S. elections has been presenting evidence to a grand jury, a person familiar with the matter said Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutor John Durham has been presenting evidence to a grand jury and contemplating charges against some FBI employees and others outside the government, the Wall Street Journal reported.
'We suffered and continue to suffer': Simone Biles, elite gymnasts blast FBI over failing to stop Larry Nassar abuse
Elite gymnasts testified before a Senate panel on the FBI's failure to properly investigate sex abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.“USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge," Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AP confirmed the use of the grand jury through a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to discuss it by name. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, as it is an ongoing investigation.
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The development is a potential sign that Durham may be mulling additional criminal charges beyond the one he brought last year against a former FBI lawyer who admitted altering an email about a Trump campaign aide who'd been under FBI surveillance. Durham is also expected to complete a report at some point.
Durham grand jury indicts attorney with ties to Clinton campaign
The indictment alleges attorney Michael Sussmann with making a false statement to the FBI.The indictment says that Sussmann, who is based in Washington, D.C., requested a meeting with the FBI general counsel at FBI headquarters in September 2016, in order to provide information that allegedly showed covert communications between the Trump Organization and the Russia-based bank.
Durham was appointed to the position in 2019 by then-Attorney General, with a mandate to examine how the FBI and intelligence community set about investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and potential coordination with 's presidential campaign. His team has interviewed a broad swath of officials across the Justice Department and intelligence community, including former Director John Brennan.
Durham's investigation is in addition to a separate inquiry by the Justice Department's inspector general, which issued a December 2019 report finding significant errors and omissions in FBI applications to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The report did not find evidence that any actions by FBI or Justice Department officials were motivated by partisan bias.
Weeks before he resigned as attorney general, Barr appointed Durham—who for years served as the U.S. attorney in Connecticut—as a special counsel, a move designed to give him extra protection to complete his work under the Biden administration.
Navalny app removed from online stores as Russian polls open
MOSCOW (AP) — An app created by allies of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across Russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election. It comes as Russian authorities seek to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a project designed by Navalny to promote candidates that are most likely to defeat those backed by the Kremlin. This weekend's election is widelyIt comes as Russian authorities seek to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a project designed by Navalny to promote candidates that are most likely to defeat those backed by the Kremlin.
One area of focus in Durham's inquiry has been the FBI's reliance on anti-Trump research that was conducted by former British spy Christopher Steele, and which U.S. officials cited in applications to a secretive surveillance court for warrants to monitor Page's communications.
The Brookings Institution has confirmed that it received a subpoena from Durham last December 31 for records and other information related to a former employee—a Russia analyst who functioned as a source of information for Steele and who was later interviewed by the FBI.
Durham has also been examining whether anyone presented the U.S. government with information that they knew to be false about potential connections between Alfa Bank, a privately owned, commercial bank in Russia, and a Trump campaign server, according to the person familiar with the matter. The FBI investigated but concluded that there were no cyber links, according to the inspector general report.
Alfa Bank has, meanwhile, alleged in a lawsuit in Florida state court that it was the target of "highly sophisticated cyberattacks" in 2016 and 2017, and also victimized by a disinformation campaign aimed at publicly and incorrectly linking the bank to the Trump campaign. Durham's line of inquiry resembles the claims in that suit, the person said.
Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty
Michael Sussman, the attorney charged this week by special counsel John Durham, pleaded not guilty to a charge of making false statements to the FBI in an initial court appearance on Friday.A federal magistrate judge allowed Sussman, a former partner at the prestigious law firm Perkins Coie, to remain out of jail on a $100,000 bond while awaiting trial with restrictions on his travel.Durham was tapped by former President Trump to investigate the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.A grand jury indicted Sussman on Thursday.
Last August, Durham announced a plea deal with Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer who admitted doctoring an email about Page as the FBI was renewing its applications to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Clinesmith was sentenced to probation.
Durham issues fresh round of subpoenas in his continuing probe of FBI investigation into Trump, Russia .
Special Counsel John Durham has issued a new set of subpoenas, including to a law firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, an indication that Durham could be trying to build a broader criminal case, according to people briefed on the matter. So far, Durham's two-year probe into the FBI's Russia investigation hasn't brought about the cases Republicans has hoped it would. © U.S. Attorney's office US attorney John Durham The grand jury subpoenas for documents came earlier this month after Durham charged Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann with lying to the FBI in a September 2016 meeting.