Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Durham Probe Creeps Toward Culprits; Special Counsel Subpoenas Clinton-Linked Law Firm in Probe of FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation; Subpoena Report Consistent with Investigative Focus on Clinton Campaign

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Durham probe creeps toward culprits:
Justice delayed but not denied
Motion and emotion make eyes flutter wide open, stultifying inaction and bloodless narratives make eyelids droop. The 30-month probe into the roots of the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation has elicited little but yawns, but that is changing. New revelations are emerging that could ultimately expose the shadowy forces which played havoc with voter sentiments and unfairly tarnished the 2016 candidacy and subsequent presidency of Donald Trump. The culprits may yet reap their just rewards.
Special Counsel John Durham has buttressed his recent indictment of an attorney for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign by serving the Perkins Coie law firm with new subpoenas. With lawyer Michael Sussmann charged last month with lying to the FBI, these new demands for records from his employer, first reported Thursday by CNN, indicate a systematic effort to widen the search for parties responsible for setting the Trump-Russia collusion deception in motion.
Mr. Sussmann’s 27-page indictment states he alleged, falsely, that the Trump Organization maintained a secret communication channel with Alfa Bank, a Russian enterprise with ties to Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. The tip sent the FBI on a wild goose chase seven weeks before the Trump-Clinton vote. No evidence was found. READ MORE HERE
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Special counsel subpoenas Clinton-linked law firm in probe of FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation:
Special counsel John Durham has issued a fresh set of subpoenas, including to a law firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, a signal of an expanding scope of his probe into wrongdoing in the FBI‘s Russian collusion investigation.
The subpoenas were issued last month and included one the law firm Perkins Coie, which was cozy with the Clinton campaign, CNN reported Friday.
Mr. Durham last month charged former Perkins Coie attorney Michael Sussmann with lying to the FBI during a 2016 meeting. In the meeting, Mr. Sussmann turned over data of a purported back-channel link between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
Mr. Sussmann told the FBI that the meeting was on the behalf of a tech expert. However, Mr. Durham alleges that he was representing the Clinton campaign during the meeting. --->READ MORE HERE
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Durham Subpoena Report Consistent with Investigative Focus on Clinton Campaign:
Our Brittany Bernstein reports that Russiagate special prosecutor John Durham issued subpoenas earlier in September, including to Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign.
This is consistent with the trajectory of Durham’s investigation, as it could be gleaned by the 27-page speaking indictment he filed on September 16, charging Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann with a false-statements felony. (Sussmann resigned from the firm after he was charged.)
As further described in Ball of Collusion, my 2019 book about Russiagate (a paperback and e-version with updated information were published late last year), the law firm appears to have been instrumental in major pillars of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative that have proved baseless. These included the now-infamous Steele dossier, which claimed there was “an extensive conspiracy between TRUMP’s campaign team and Kremlin, sanctioned at the highest levels”; and the effort to raise suspicion that computer servers at Alfa Bank, a major Russian financial institution, served as a communications back-channel between the Kremlin and then-candidate Donald Trump.
The Clinton campaign thus sponsored the generation of this bogus information, which was peddled to the FBI; the Bureau, in turn, used it to generate investigations of the Trump campaign. The Clinton campaign then exploited the FBI investigation in its messaging against Trump’s candidacy.
This is what I concluded about the probe in a column analyzing the Sussmann indictment: --->READ MORE HERE
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