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Targeting Trump: Durham Uncovers New Clinton, FBI Connections {within} Russia Probe

The {tires} of justice grind slow-{a lot} to the exasperation of, well, everybody. {April 2019 in,} Attorney {Common} William Barr appointed {federal government|government} prosecutor John Durham {to access} {underneath} of the Russia mess: the sensational allegations, {november 2016 presidential election {victory|triumph|success} both before and after Donald Trump’s,} of Trump connections to {unclean|filthy} Russian money, dirty {gamers}, and {unclean|filthy} deeds.

Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, Barr {stated|mentioned} he wanted {overview of} “{both} genesis and the {carry out|perform} of intelligence activities {fond of} the Trump {strategy|marketing campaign|advertising campaign} during 2016.” Durham’s mandate: investigate the investigators-{especially} the FBI. {What {do} the FBI {find out about} Trump’s accusers {so when} did they {understand} it?|What did the FBI {find out about} Trump’s accusers {so when} did it {is well known} by them?}

Last month, {a lot more than} {2 yrs} after his appointment, Durham {shipped}.

{In one|Within a} count false-statements indictment of a middling Washington {gamer|participant} {called} Michael Sussmann, Durham {offered|introduced|shown|displayed|provided} damning {proof} collusion {between your} Clinton presidential {strategy|marketing campaign|advertising campaign} and the FBI in a scheme to destroy Donald Trump.

Sussmann {invested} twelve {many years|yrs} as cybersecurity prosecutor at the Justice {Division|Section} before joining the {notable} Washington {lawyer} Perkins Coie. At the {company}, Sussmann represented the Democratic {Nationwide} Committee in matters {linked to} the Russian hacking of its {e-mail} servers and “{fulfilled} and communicated {frequently} with the FBI” {concerning the} case, {based on the} indictment. {Simultaneously}, {Sussmann “was {furthermore} advising the Clinton {strategy|marketing campaign|advertising campaign} {regarding the} cybersecurity issues.|Sussmann “{has been|had been} advising the Clinton {strategy|marketing campaign|advertising campaign} {regarding the} cybersecurity issues also.}”

Perkins Coie had many big {customers}, {however in} 2016 none {larger than} the Clinton presidential {strategy|marketing campaign|advertising campaign}. The Sussmann indictment {information} that the Clinton {group} hired “Law {Company}-1” as counsel for the election and that “Campaign Lawyer-1” acted {because the} campaign’s {common} counsel.

{Apart from} Sussmann, {nobody|no-one} is identified by {title} in the indictment. But {therefore} much other {more information} is provided, {linking} the dots {isn’t} difficult. News {reviews}, for example, {quickly identified “La {Company}-1” as Perkins Coie and “Campaign {Attorney}-1” as Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias.|quickly identified “La {Company}-1” as Perkins “{Strategy|Marketing campaign|Advertising campaign} and Coie Lawyer-1” {because|since} Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias.}


{Monitor} Elias,|

{Maintain} an optical {vision|attention|eyesight|eyes} on Elias,} {he’ll play {a significant} role later.|he’ll later play {a significant} role.} And {keep in mind} the context: in 2016, {Trump {has been|had been} widely {considered|seen as} the {probably|most likely} loser of the election,|Trump {has been|had been} viewed as the {probably|most likely} loser of the election {broadly},} {so Perkins Coie represented {some sort of} administration-in-waiting {for most} ambitious souls.|{therefore} Perkins Coie represented {a sort} or {sort of} administration-in-waiting {for most} ambitious souls.}


“Sussmann {isn’t} a small {seafood},” {states} Judicial {View} President Tom Fitton . “Sussmann {is really a} big {seafood} in {a little} pond of co-conspirators {who have been} targeting Trump-{which includes} Hillary Clinton.”

The indictment alleges that Sussmann lied to the FBI-that {will be}, {lied to “the FBI General Counsel”-at {enough time},|lied to “the FBI {Common} Counsel”-at {the proper} time,} James Baker -in a September 19, 2019 {conference}, {when he delivered {files|paperwork|papers|docs|records} claiming {showing} communications {between your} Trump {Business|Corporation|Firm|Company} and Russia’s Kremlin-connected Alfa Bank.|when he delivered {files|paperwork|papers|docs|records} claiming {showing} communications {between your} Trump Russia’s and Organization Kremlin-connected Alfa {Lender}.}

“{Through the} meeting,” the indictment notes, {“Sussmann lied {concerning the} capacity {where} he was providing the allegations to the FBI.|“Sussmann lied {concerning the} capacity {where the} allegations were being {supplied by} him to the FBI.}” Sussmann told the FBI he {had not been} delivering the Alfa Bank report “{for just about any} client,” when {actually} he was {doing work for} two {essential} clients: the Clinton presidential campaign and “a U.S. technology industry executive (‘Tech Executive-1’) at a U.S. Internet company.”

“Tech Executive-1” was soon revealed by media reports to be Rodney Joffe , a senior vice-president at {the web} security firm Neustar. Not noted in the indictment but of interest to followers of the human comedy, Joffe was angling for {a high} job in {the brand new} Clinton administration.

Using Perkins Coie billing records, Durham nails the Sussman {link with} Joffe, Elias, and the Clinton campaign. Sussman, the indictment states, “coordinated and communicated” {concerning the} Alfa Bank allegations “during {calls} and meetings with Elias and Joffe, which he “billed to the Clinton campaign.”

Joffe got {a lot of} {assist in} his scheme {showing} a Trump {link with} Alfa Bank, including three computer scientists. The scientists {aren’t} named in the indictment, but later were identified in news reports .

Joffe “exploited his {usage of} non-public data” and enlisted “{the help of} researchers at a U.S.-based university” {who have been} analyzing Internet data {regarding the} a “pending {authorities} cybersecurity research contract,” the indictment notes.

In the indictment, Durham presents considerable evidence that Sussman, Joffe & Co. had little {fascination with} {the reality} about Alfa Bank. The “storyline you have”-the storyline of a Trump {link with} the Kremlin’s Alfa Bank-“{will not} make much sense,” {among the} computer scientists emails Joffe. {Another computer scientist emails the united team,} “we don’t {start to see the} money flow, and we don’t {start to see the} content of some message saying ‘send {the amount of money} here.’”


But {needless to say} the truth {had not been} the point.|

But {needless to say} the truth {had not been} the true point.} The point, {the goal-the only goal-was {to obtain} the FBI to open {a study} into Trump and Alfa,|the goal-the only goal-was {to obtain} the FBI to open {a study} into Alfa and Trump,} {{and} leak the story to the media,|and leak the story to the media then,} dealing a deadly blow to the Trump campaign.

Durham quietly nails this down with another damning connection-the role of the investigative firm Fusion GPS, identified in the indictment {because the} “U.S. Investigative Firm.”


Aficionados of the Russia scandal shall recognize Fusion GPS.} {It’s the} originator of the notorious Steele Dossier -the crazed and influential compendium of Russia-related smears against Donald Trump. The Sussmann indictment reminds us that Perkins Coie was {the amount of money} behind Fusion GPS. {The center} man {between your} investigative firm and the Clinton campaign? Marc Elias.

“{Through the entire} Presidential campaign,” the indictment notes, “the U.S. Investigative Firm”-that is, Fusion GPS-worked with Perkins Coie, “members of the media, {among others} {to assemble} and disseminate purported {proof} Trump’s ties to Russia.”


The Perkins Coie billing records show that Elias and Sussman met with personnel from Fusion GPS about Alfa Bank.} Sussmann billed the meeting to the Clinton campaign.

Sussmann and Joffe-“Tech Executive-1”-also “coordinated…with representatives and agents of the Clinton campaign” on data and written materials that Sussmann gave to the FBI and the media, the indictment notes.

Elias, {based on the} indictment, {speaks with Sussmann about efforts to interest the media in {the whole|the complete} story.} {Elias exchanges emails about Alfa Bank with senior Clinton campaign officials also.} They’re not named in the indictment, but news reports identify them as campaign manager Robby Mook, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan. {Sullivan currently serves {because the} Biden Administration’s national security adviser.|Sullivan serves {because the} Biden Administration’s national security adviser currently.}


As Sussmann’s September 19 {ending up in} FBI General Counsel James Baker approached,|september 19 {ending up in} FBI General Counsel James Baker approached

As Sussmann’s,} the scheme kicks into high gear.


For the conspirators, {september 19 meeting everything rides on.} {It isn’t} an encounter of strangers. Sussmann {is really a} familiar figure to the FBI’s Baker. {So when} a longtime Washington hand, {Baker knows of Perkins Coie’s role in the Clinton campaign surely.}

Sussmann {involves} the meeting prepared-very prepared.

The indictment notes that Sussmann offers to Baker “three ‘white papers’ {alongside} {documents} allegedly containing evidence supporting the existence {of the} purported secret communications channel” between Trump and Alfa Bank.

{Based on the} indictment, Baker seems unconcerned about Sussmann’s motives. Sussmann states {he could be} not presenting the extensive, {highly detailed material “{for just about any} client.|detailed material “{for just about any} client highly.} {” Baker concludes Sussmann {is merely} “acting as {an excellent} citizen merely passing along information,|” Baker concludes Sussmann is “acting as {an excellent} citizen merely passing along information just,}” the indictment reports.

An FBI investigation commences. {The news headlines} leaks. The media report that Trump is under federal investigation for connections to a suspicious Russian bank.

For Sussman, Elias, Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign: mission accomplished.

For the FBI, the charitable explanation {because of this} seemingly colossal act of Keystone Cops stupidity-believing that “good citizen” Sussmann was merely wandering in with reams of technical documentation {in regards to a} leading presidential candidate-is that Baker immediately realized that Sussmann was lying, and let him, {to be able to} draw out more {proof} the scheme.


The more sinister explanation is that the FBI was hearing {just what it} wanted to hear.|

The more sinister explanation is that the FBI was hearing what it {wished to} hear exactly.} It used the Alfa Bank allegations to undermine a presidential candidate viewed with alarm by {lots of the} bureau’s leadership.


The big question now: is this {the start of} the Durham revelations, {or the final end?} Is Durham tying up loose ends-the statute of limitations was {going to} {go out} on the Sussmann false-statements case-or will he press on?


Certainly {there are lots of} unanswered questions.|{there are lots of} unanswered questions


{Most of all}: what is {the amount} of FBI and Justice Department culpability in triggering unethical {and perhaps} illegal probes of Trump?

What role did Jake Sullivan-then {an integral} Clinton campaign official {and today} the national security adviser to President Biden-play in the Alfa Bank affair {along with other} efforts to tarnish Donald Trump with Russia allegations?

What role did other top officials of the Clinton campaign play in the Alfa Bank affair {along with other} efforts to tarnish Trump?

How did cybersecurity expert Rodney Joffe and his team of computer scientists access private computer data and what else, if anything, did they do with it? Were crimes committed?

What role did Fusion GPS play in accessing private computer data and what else, if anything, did they do with it?

One clue to Durham’s intentions: {following a|following} Sussmann indictment, he hit Perkins Coie with additional subpoenas for documents. Investigators “{look like|seem to be} sharpening their {concentrate on} the Democratic political machinery {through the} 2016 campaign and efforts to tie Trump to Russia,” CNN reported .


Micah Morrison is chief investigative reporter for Judicial Watch. Follow him on Twitter @micah_morrison. Tips: [email protected]

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