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6 New Revelations From The John Durham Spygate Probe


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The Federalist

Margot Cleveland

January 26, 2022

On Jan. 25, Special Counsel John Durham filed a “discovery update” and a request for an extension of time to provide Michael Sussmann documents related to the government’s pending criminal case against the former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer.

The 19-page court filing reveals some fascinating details about the Sussmann case, the broader special counsel investigation, and most intriguingly an apparent rift between Durham’s team and the Office of Inspector General. Here’s a quick refresher of the case, followed by five takeaways.

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4. Many Others Called Before Grand Jury

Elias was not the only one called before the grand jury, as Durham’s team laid out in Monday’s filing in an effort to obtain an extension to the discovery deadline.

In addition to Elias, the grand jury heard sworn testimony from James Baker; Bill Priestap; the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; a former FBI deputy assistant director for counterintelligence; an FBI special agent; an FBI headquarters supervisory special agent; two CIA employees; two employees of Georgia Tech; and a former employee of one of the internet companies identified in the indictment.

Also significant was the list of individuals or companies served with grand jury subpoenas for documents, which included the Clinton campaign; “a political organization,” likely the Democratic National Committee; Perkins Coie; three internet companies connected to Joffe; Georgia Tech; Fusion GPS; and “a public relations firm that advised [Perkins Coie] concerning public statements issued in 2018 about the [Sussmann’s] meeting with the former FBI General Counsel.”

The full list of materials provided to Sussmann’s legal team added additional insights into the breadth of the special counsel’s investigation, including the fact that Durham’s team conducted at least 94 interviews. In addition to Baker and Priestap, Durham’s team interviewed more than 24 other current or former FBI employees, numerous CIA employees, a dozen employees at various internet companies connected to Joffe, as well as an employee of Joffe’s, the former chairman of Perkins Coie, a former employee of the Clinton campaign, and four current and former employees of Georgia Tech.

Likewise interesting is that the special counsel’s office turned over to Sussmann 12 transcripts of interviews conducted by the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General in connection with the OIG’s investigation of Crossfire Hurricane. That Durham had these documents suggests the special counsel’s office is reviewing what the OIG compiled as part of its own investigation.

A final tidbit of note: The special counsel’s office provided Sussmann nearly 400 emails its team had retrieved from the FBI’s holdings that were sent to, received from, or copied to Sussmann’s Perkins Coie email address from January of 2016 through June of 2017. That’s a lot of email messages: To whom at the FBI was Sussmann communicating during that time period, and about what?

 

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What Did Clinton Know About the Russia Lie and When?

As indictments and new court filings indicate that Special Counsel John Durham is investigating Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for feeding false reports to the FBI to incriminate Donald Trump and his advisers as Kremlin agents, Clinton’s role in the burgeoning scandal remains elusive. What did she know and when did she know it?

 

Top officials involved in her campaign have repeatedly claimed, some under oath, that they and the candidate were unaware of the foundation of their disinformation campaign: the 35-page collection of now debunked claims of Trump/Russia collusion known as the Steele dossier. Even though her campaign helped pay for the dossier, they claim she only read it after BuzzFeed News published it in 2017.

 

But court documents, behind-the-scenes video footage and recently surfaced evidence reveal that Clinton and her top campaign advisers were much more involved in the more than $1 million operation to dredge up dirt on Trump and Russia than they have let on. The evidence suggests that the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory sprang from a multi-pronged effort within the Clinton campaign, which manufactured many of the false claims, then fed them to friendly media and law enforcement officials. Clinton herself was at the center of these efforts, using her personal Twitter account and presidential debates to echo the false claims of Steele and others that Trump was in cahoots with the Russians.

Although Clinton has not been pressed by major media on her role in Russiagate, a short scene in the 2020 documentary “Hillary” suggests she was aware of the effort. It shows Clinton speaking to her running mate, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, and his wife, Anne, in hushed tones about Trump and Russia in a back room before a campaign event in early October 2016. Clinton expressed concerns over Trump’s “weird connections” to Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. She informed Kaine that she and her aides were “scratching hard” to expose them, a project Kaine seemed to be hearing about for the first time.

“I don’t say this lightly,” Clinton whispered, pausing to look over her shoulder, "[but Trump’s] agenda is other people’s agenda.”

"We’re scratching hard, trying to figure it out,” she continued. "He is the vehicle, the vessel for all these other people.”:snip:

 

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5 hours ago, Geee said:

What Did Clinton Know About the Russia Lie and When?

Top officials involved in her campaign have repeatedly claimed, some under oath, that they and the candidate were unaware of the foundation of their disinformation campaign: the 35-page collection of now debunked claims of Trump/Russia collusion known as the Steele dossier. Even though her campaign helped pay for the dossier, they claim she only read it after BuzzFeed News published it in 2017.

Well Obviously this has to be some sort of mix up, no doubt caused by a low level staffer.

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Hillary Clinton would ever lie to us

 

I can only think that if she had only been more Hands On in the 2016 election, and had more media support all this would not have happened.

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43 minutes ago, Valin said:

Well Obviously this has to be some sort of mix up, no doubt caused by a low level staffer.

image3968109x.jpg&f=1&nofb=1

Hillary Clinton would ever lie to us

 

I can only think that if she had only been more Hands On in the 2016 election, and had more media support all this would not have happened.

Ya right!

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

Ya right!

In a strange weird century, what may be the strangest thing of all is she might very well be the Democratic Presidential candidate in 2024. Jan. 27 2022 I would not seriously discount it.

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