Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann “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,” Durham writes in court filing.
Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann lied to the FBI about not working on Clinton’s behalf when he presented opposition research to the Bureau advancing the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, Special Counsel John Durham revealed in a court filing.
Durham revealed in a court filing Monday that Clinton and her associates like Sussmann had formed a “joint venture or conspiracy” to push the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, citing smoking gun text messages by Sussmann to the FBI.
“These parties acted as ‘joint venturer[s]’ and therefore should be ‘considered as co-conspirator[s],’” Durham wrote in the filing.
A text message between Sussmann and then-FBI General Counsel James Baker show Sussmann claimed to present information on his own behalf suggesting ties to Donald Trump and the Russian Alfa Bank.
“Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” Sussmann texted Baker on Sept. 18, 2016, according to the court filing. “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.”
But Durham highlighted that Sussmann did in fact deliver that bogus information on Clinton’s behalf, which he later admitted in testimony to Congress.
“The defendant 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,” Durham’s motion said.
“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.”
Here’s Sussmann’s testimony to Republican House Intelligence Committee investigative counsel Kash Patel:
“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. 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.”
Durham said in the filing that he will present this evidence to a grand jury showing that Clinton, Sussmann, tech executive Rodney Joffe (Tech Executive-1), and others worked together in a “joint venture” to push false information to the FBI about alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.
“As an initial matter, the Government expects that the evidence at trial will show that beginning in late July/early August 2016, the defendant, Tech Executive-1, and agents of the Clinton Campaign were ‘acting in concert toward a common goal,’ … namely, the goal of assembling and disseminating the Russian Bank-1 allegations and other derogatory information about Trump and his associates to the media and the U.S. government,” Durham’s team said.
“The evidence of a joint venture or conspiracy will establish that in November 2016, soon after the Presidential election, Tech Executive-1 emailed a colleague, stating, ‘I was tentatively offered the top [cybersecurity] job by the Democrats when it looked like they’d win.’”
“In sum,” the special counsel concludes, “the above 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.”
Notably, it was these false Alfa Bank allegations that led the FBI to seek FISA warrant applications against Trump and several associates as part of the Bureau’s politically motivated Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation.
Read the court filing: