Special counsel John Durham is working to expose what a former GOP lawmaker has described as an “incestuous relationship” as he continues to investigate the origins of the so-called “Russiagate” scandal involving the 2016 campaign of then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Jason Chaffetz, who was a guest host of Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” discussed the progress of Durham’s probe with other Republican lawmakers regarding the case against Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann, whom Durham indicted last fall.
The Washington Examiner noted:
Sussmann was indicted last September for allegedly concealing his clients — Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” known to be former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe — from FBI general counsel James Baker in September 2016 when he presented internet data that suggested a now-debunked Trump-Russia link. Sussmann denies any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty.
“The allegation here is that Michael Sussmann got in with a meeting with the general counsel there at the Federal Bureau of Investigation by representing that he wasn’t representing anybody,” Chaffetz noted during an interview with Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)
“But there’s other documentation and flow of money and logs and whatnot,” Chaffetz, who represented a Utah congressional district from 2009 to 2019, added.
That’s why this is a case that is important, because these people had this incestuous relationship to be able to actually go in and access things that other people that are on the receiving end of these — of these types of prosecutions don’t get to do,” he continued.
After the presiding judge in the case denied Sussmann’s attempt to dismiss, Durham explained in a court filing late Friday that a government agency, which has been identified in some media as the CIA, discovered information from Sussmann which suggested that coordination between Trump and Russia was “not technically plausible” and “user created.” Durham also noted in his filing that “the Special Counsel’s Office has not reached a definitive conclusion in this regard.”
Biggs was asked to share information he has heard regarding the case.
“I’m hearing that there’s some emails that Durham has found that, again, show that they’re — that Sussmann lied to the FBI and that he also lied and misrepresented regarding the connection of all of this with DNC, which is the Democratic National Committee, and the Clinton campaign, and who paid for his bogus information that he was throwing out there,” Biggs said.
“So, it’s pretty interesting to see. And I’m not sure that the Clinton campaign folks or the Democratic Party wants to see this go to trial and air their dirty laundry even further,” he added.
Sussmann’s trial is scheduled to begin May 16.