A former House Republican says special counsel John Durham is finding evidence of an “incestuous relationship” behind the Russiagate scandal.
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During his appearance on Sunday Morning Futures, Jason Chaffetz spoke with current members of Congress about the latest developments in the politically charged criminal investigation surrounding Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann.
In September 2016, according to Sussmann’s indictment by the FBI, he presented internet data indicating a now-debunked Trump-Russia link to FBI general counsel James Baker, concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe. According to him, there was no wrongdoing and he pleaded not guilty.
“The allegation here is that Michael Sussmann got in with a meeting with the general counsel there at the Federal Bureau of Investigation by representing that he wasn’t representing anybody,” Chaffetz stated during an interview with Rep. Andy Biggs.
“But there’s other documentation and flow of money and logs and whatnot,” he continued. “That’s why this is a case that is important, because these people had this incestuous relationship to be able to actually go in and access things that other people that are on the receiving end of these — of these types of prosecutions don’t get to do.”
Chafetz is a former Republican congressman from Utah who served in the House Oversight Committee during his final years in Congress.
A federal agency, allegedly the CIA, found data from Sussmann suggesting that cooperation between former President Donald Trump and the Russian government was not “technically plausible” and “user-created,” Durham revealed in court late Friday. “The Special Counsel’s Office has not reached a definitive conclusion in this regard” Durham also said.
In addition to the FBI correspondence, Durham said in a prior filing that Sussmann later “provided an updated set of allegations — including the Russian Bank-1 data and additional allegations relating to Trump,” to an agency believed by Durham to be the CIA. Alfa-Bank is the Russian bank. As a result, the government plans to “adduce evidence at trial” that will prove that the FBI and CIA “concluded that the Russian Bank 1 allegations were untrue and unsupported,” Durham stated on Friday.
“I’m hearing that there’s some emails that Durham has found that, again, show that they’re — that Sussmann lied to the FBI and that he also lied and misrepresented regarding the connection of all of this with DNC, which is the Democratic National Committee, and the Clinton campaign and who paid for his bogus information that he was throwing out there,” Biggs added.
“So, it’s pretty interesting to see. And I’m not sure that the Clinton campaign folks or the Democratic Party wants to see this go to trial and air their dirty laundry even further,” he remarked.
There are two active cases in Durham, including one against Christopher Steele, the main source of Steele’s anti-Trump dossier, and one against Sussmann, whose trial is scheduled to start on May 16.
Several Trump allies believe Durham is building a conspiracy case that will enfold those associated with the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton. Despite her outrage at what she called a “fake scandal” stemming from Durham’s investigation, Clinton was vocal about the Alfa Bank allegations when they emerged in the closing weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
In February while giving a speech at the New York State Democratic Convention Clinton said:
“They’ve been coming after me again lately, you might’ve noticed. It’s funny — the more trouble that Trump gets into, the wilder the charges and conspiracy theories about me seem to get. So now, his accountants have fired him, and investigations draw closer to him, and right on cue, the noise machine gets turned up, doesn’t it? Fox leads the charge with accusations against me, counting on their audience to fall for it again. And as an aside, they’re getting awfully close to actual malice in their attacks. But as I said, don’t get distracted.”
A high-ranking official from the Clinton Campaign has been questioned by Special Counsel John Durham about Fusion GPS’s activities on behalf of the Democratic nominee, including the Clinton Campaign’s Chair (most likely John Podesta from the Clinton campaign).
Durham’s investigation now confirms one of Durham’s key avenues: whether the Hillary Campaign and Hillary for America participated in a conspiracy to pass false information to the FBI and other government agencies.
In his latest filing, Durham further clarified that Hillary for America, the Hillary Clinton Campaign, and former members of that campaign were engaged “in matters before the Special Counsel.”
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Apparently, now included in those “matters” is the Alfa Bank data (the alleged covert communications between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization). Another filing from Sussmann’s lawyers (April 8, 2022) noted the importance of this data, where Special Counsel Durham wrote to Sussmann’s lawyers to that effect on March 30, 2022.
In that letter, the Special Counsel clarifies that Sussmann’s attorneys may not “offer evidence, or engage in questioning, that would imply, assert, or seek to prove the authenticity of the relevant DNS data or the actual truth of the allegations at issue concerning a secret channel of communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.”
Additionally, it was a warning. It is possible that Sussmann’s attorneys would try to prove the accuracy of the Alfa Bank/Trump data, but the Special Counsel’s expert will be prepared to testify that it has been falsified.