For those of you that have read my stories in the past, you know that I am not a big fan of John Durham. He has disappointed me so many times in the past.
The indictment against Michael Sussmann, one of Hilary’s lawyers, could actually be just the first volley in an attempt to prove conspiracy which would cause all convictions to carry a much higher penalty. Sussman would be the linchpin that would tie the conspiracy together.
Sussmann lied to the FBI when he told them that he had found a connection between Alpha Bank and Donald Trump. He also told the FBI that he was working for no one when he discovered the connection.
First of all, the alpha Bank story was a lie and he had to have gotten the information directly from the Hillary campaign and Durham has the billing records for the Hillary campaign.
Sussmann is unlikely to roll on the others, but his indictment will reveal others who will be indicted on much harsher charges If this does happen, Durham will offer them all a deal for their cooperation. But only the first person will get the deal.
At that point, they would all fall like dominoes. It would be the largest political scandal in history. The mainstream press will not be able to ignore it, although I am sure some writers will try to excuse the behavior of the guilty.
The indictment essentially charges Sussmann with sending the FBI on a wild goose chase:
The FBI had, in fact, initiated an investigation of these allegations in response to a meeting that MICHAEL A. SUSSMANN, the defendant herein– a lawyer at a major international law firm (“ Law Firm -1”, i.e. Perkins Coie) – requested and held with the FBI General Counsel on or about September 19, 2016 at FBI Headquarters in the District of Columbia. SUSSMANN provided to the FBI General Counsel three “ white papers” along with data files allegedly containing evidence supporting the existence of this purported secret communications channel.
During the meeting, SUSSMANN lied about the capacity in which he was
providing the allega to the FBI Specifically, SUSSMANN stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations “ any client,” which led the FBI General Counsel to understand that SUSSMANN was acting as a good citizen merely passing along information , not as a paid advocate or political operative . In fact, and as alleged in further detail below, this statement was intentionally false and misleading because, in assembling and conveying
these allegations, SUSSMANN acted on behalf of specific clients, namely, ( i ) a U.S. technology industry executive (“ Tech Executive- 1”) at a U.S. Internet company “Internet Company”) , and ( ii) the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign (the “Clinton Campaign”).
Paragraph 6 of the indictment gives a strong indication of how Durham and this team view Sussmann’s lie:
Had the FBI uncovered the origins of the relevant data and analysis, and as alleged below, it might have learned, among other things , that ( i ) in compiling and analyzing the Russian Bank- 1 allegations, Tech Executive- 1 had exploited his access to non-public data at multiple Internet companies to conduct opposition research concerning Trump; ( ii) in furtherance of these efforts, Tech Executive- 1 had enlisted, and was continuing to enlist, the assistance of researchers at a U.S.-based university who were receiving and analyzing Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract ; and ( ) SUSSMANN , Tech Executive, and Law Firm- 1 had coordinated, and were continuing to coordinate, with representatives and agents of the Clinton Campaign with regard to the data and written materials
that SUSSMANN gave to the FBI and the media.
Will Durham follow through? I will not offer an opinion on that. I will just sit by and wait just like you. To be continued….or not.