Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio, revealed that he is deeply concerned about Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.
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Durham is in court trying to prove that Sussmann lied to the FBI last year in a case against former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
When Sussmann met with then-General Counsel James Baker in 2016, the FBI accused him of making false statements to the bureau, according to Durham’s team. In 2016, Sussmann worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign-hired law firm Perkins Coie.
According to Durham, Sussmann told the FBI that he was not working for Clinton’s campaign when being billed by the campaign. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Jordan said he disagrees with one of Durham’s claims during an interview with Just The News’ host John Solomon.
It is Jordan’s “only concern” regarding Durham’s investigation when the special prosecutor says “he doesn’t think the FBI knew who Sussmann was representing, but I just find that hard to believe.”
“Sussmann’s false statement misled the FBI General Counsel and other FBI personnel concerning the political nature of his work and deprived the FBI of information that might have permitted it more fully to assess and uncover the origins of the relevant data and technical analysis, including the identities and motivations of Sussmann’s clients,” Durham wrote in his indictment.
According to Jordan, Baker was “actually friends with Sussmann,” and an email in the case revealed this.
According to the Ohio Republican, Sussmann sent Baker an email that was cited in Durham’s court filing: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss … Do you have [availability] for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
According to Jordan “everything else” in the probe is “encouraging to see that he’s digging into this and getting to the bottom of it.”
A federal judge ruled last week that Hillary Clinton’s tweets about the 2016 election cannot be admitted into evidence in court even though they accuse Trump of colluding with Russia.
Durham’s request that he be allowed to use them as evidence in the trial of Sussmann was denied by Judge Christopher Cooper.
“Donald Trump has a secret server,” she posted on Twitter. “It was set up to communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
“Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” she wrote in a second post.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate shared a statement produced by Jake Sullivan, now the current national security advisor to President Joe Biden, who had served as her campaign advisor when she ran for office.
“This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” he accused. “This secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”
“We can only assume that federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia,” he went on.
According to Judge Cooper, who was selected by former President Obama, the tweets amount to “hearsay” and that “it’s likely duplicative of other evidence.”
According to Durham, the tweets should be admissible since Clinton had described them as “truth” and since they “show the existence of the defendant’s attorney-client relationship with the Clinton Campaign, which is directly relevant to the false statement charge.”
As described in Durham’s court filings, employees of the political research firm allegedly involved in so-called “Russiagate” sent hundreds of emails containing baseless accusations against and assertions about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
According to the filing, the leak was meant to generate damaging coverage of candidate Trump.
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Durham had said in a court document that a wave of emails undermines the Clinton campaign’s position that Fusion GPS’s research worked on behalf of her presidential campaign should be considered confidential under attorney-client privilege.
As reported by the Washington Times, the stories fed to media outlets included:
- A Wall Street Journal article about a Trump adviser meeting with a former KGB official close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- A Washington Post story about a Trump campaign adviser investing in Russia.
New York Times and Reuters articles about the FBI investigating a secret communications setup between Mr. Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
- According to Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, the special counsel is revealing the Clinton campaign’s “political dirty tricks.”
“We’ve known for quite some time what happened here. And what the Durham indictments are just proving is how not only complicit but the Clinton campaign did this. They literally did this,” he commented to the Times.
“What the Clinton campaign did in terms of political dirty tricks, we are still putting up with the repercussions. Would Vladimir Putin have invaded Ukraine if Trump was still in office? That’s an interesting question,” he continued.