After more than two years of Special Counsel, John Durham’s investigation into then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s false collusion with Russia, which prompted Democrats to push for the first impeachment proceedings against him, a second person implicated in the case is now charged.
According to Reuters, Michael Sussmann, a former partner with Perkins Coie, who also represented the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign in connection with Russia’s hack of the organization, is accused of making false statements during Sept. 19, 2016, meeting with former FBI General Counsel James Baker.
“Specifically, Sussmann stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations ‘for 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,” the indictment explains.
It adds, “In fact … this statement was intentionally false and misleading because, in assembling and conveying these allegations, Sussmann acted on behalf of specific clients, namely, a U.S. technology industry executive at a U.S. internet company, and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign,” the document says.
John Durham was chosen by former Attorney General William Barr in May 2019 to investigate the famous ‘Russia hoax’ with which former Obama-era officials built a case against Trump to bring him to impeachment.
Trump was acquitted, and during the process, at least 17 irregularities were discovered. As a result, it was decided to open an independent investigation into the origins of the case against the former president, which was commissioned to Durham.
The investigation has created many expectations, but so far, there have been relatively few results.
In this regard, California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said that some of the former Obama officials involved in the attempted impeachment of former President Donald Trump could go to jail.
“I’m still positive, and I guess I have to be, that people are going to go to jail, and they are going to be prosecuted for the Russia grand fiasco and the Russia hoax,” Nunes said.
He added: “But look, there are some major perpetrators. I think, as you and everybody else know, we’ve made over 14 criminal referrals. That doesn’t mean 14 individuals. That means 14 different criminal referrals involving multiple individuals.”
The first of those charged was former FBI agent Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to forging a CIA email to request a warrant to spy on a former Trump official.
However, despite the former agent’s serious misconduct, he received only one year of probation without imprisonment. Moreover, because it was concluded that his behavior did not constitute “moral turpitude,” his law license was revoked for only one year.
Among other characters, Durham’s investigation looked at former CIA Director John Brenan’s role in the Intelligence assessment of Russia’s 2016 election interference, according to an unofficial report cited by the Washington Examiner.
He would also have inquired about the views shared with other officials, such as the controversial former FBI director, James Comey, regarding the validity of the infamous dossier of former British spy Christopher Steele, used as the basis for Trump’s purported impeachment.