In a court filing late Monday night, the special counsel probing the origins of the Obama administration’s investigation of the now- debunked charge of Trump-Russia collusion clearly stated where he believes all the evidence he has compiled is leading: Hillary Clinton, her operatives and her campaign formed a “joint venture or conspiracy” to undermine Donald Trump and bolster her chance of fulfilling her lifelong ambition to become president of the United States.
U.S. Attorney John Durham’s filing featured new evidence to back his operating thesis. It’s a text message showing Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann falsely told the FBI he was not working on behalf of any client when he delivered to the bureau the bogus claim that Donald Trump had a secret communication channel with the Kremlin at the Moscow-based Alfa Bank to hijack the election, Just the News reported
In his filing Monday, Durham wrote that the “parties,” referring to Sussman, the Clinton campaign and researchers, ” acted as ‘joint venturer[s]’ and therefore should be ‘considered as co-conspirator[s].'”
The claim about the Moscow bank wasn’t the only bogus story Clinton’s campaign was peddling to the Obama administration to further her alleged fraudulent “joint venture” to clear her way to the White House. Last week, the Federal Election Commission fined Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee for hiding its funding of the now-debunked, anti-Trump Steele dossier.
It was Sussman’s partner at the law firm Perkins Coie, Marc Elias, who pushed the dossier. The compendium of bogus, salacious claims against Trump – later shown to be sourced by anonymous Russian operatives – was the catalyst for Obama Justice Department’s investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion. It was the primary evidence presented to a secret FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
The text message revealed Monday in the court filing – from Sussman to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker – will be used by prosecutors to show Sussmann lied to the FBI but then told the truth about working on behalf of the Clinton campaign when he later testified to Congress.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley explained Tuesday that the text message “greatly strengthens” the case against Sussman by undermining the argument that his concealment of the role of the Clinton campaign was a “one-off” occurrence.
“This could be used to show intent as part of a pattern of deceit,” the George Washington University Law School professor wrote.
Sussmann wrote to the FBI’s Baker on Sept. 18, 2016: “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.”
Durham’s motion said Sussman “lied in that meeting, falsely stating to the General Counsel that he was not providing the allegations to the FBI on behalf of any client.”
“In fact, the defendant had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including (i) a technology executive (“Tech Executive-1”) at a U.S.-based Internet company (“Internet Company-1”), and (ii) the Clinton Campaign.”
In House testimony one year later, Sussmann admitted he was operating at the instruction of his client.
“We had a conversation, as lawyers do with their clients, about client 1 needs and objectives and the best course to take for a client,” Sussmann told then House Intelligence Committee Republican investigative counsel Kash Patel. “And so it may have been a decision that we came to together. I mean, I don’t want to imply that I was sort of directed to do something against my better judgment, or that we were in any sort of conflict.”
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
Durham said in the court filing he will present evidence that Sussmann worked with the Clinton campaign, tech executive Bruce Joffe, identified as Tech Executive-1, and others in a “joint venture” to promote the Alfa Bank hoax.
The special counsel wrote that the “evidence, public information, and expected testimony clearly establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant and Tech Executive-1 worked in concert with each other and with agents of the Clinton Campaign to research and disseminate the Russian Bank-1 allegations.”
Patel, the former House investigative counsel, worked with then Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to expose the Obama the fraudulent foundation of the Trump-Russia investigation.
He told Just the News that the Durham “has just shown the whole world what major pieces of our Russiagate investigation revealed.”
“Hard evidence, emails and text messages, showing the Clinton Campaign, Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie, Joffe, and the media were all synced in August of 2016 pushing the false Alfa Bank server story, while also all working on the Steele Dossier matter,” Patel said.
“Durham submits all this evidence as ‘joint venture conspiracy’ under the rules of evidence.”
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