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Last week, Special Counsel John Durham scored two major victories prior to the criminal trial of ex-Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann.
In addition to ordering a key witness to appear in court, the judge hearing the case also agreed to review memos that defense attorneys tried to conceal by claiming attorney-client privilege.
In the hearing, District Judge Christopher Cooper expressed doubt that memos detailing the Fusion GPS firm’s opposition research on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia – some of which have been made public – were covered by the attorney-client privilege and allowed Durham to review 38 of the documents that prosecutors wish to present at trial later this month.
Cooper said he wasn’t convinced that the Clinton campaign, Sussmann, his law firm, and Fusion GPS had the blanket privilege over the documents.
Cooper cited a memo describing how Fusion counseled a reporter as evidence that Fusion was providing media advocacy and not legal advice.
In addition, Cooper unsealed his order to compel, which granted limited immunity to Fusion GPS computer researcher Laura Seago and ordered her to testify at trial as Durham had requested.
Durham has been on a winning streak, and he’s just getting started.
Now, it’s been revealed who Durham may go after next.
The founder of Just The News, John Solomon, believes Special Counsel John Durham is planning to take the FBI on.
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Solomon talked about the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and Durham’s next steps.
Last year, federal agents arrested Igor Danchenko, a Russian-born analyst whose work figured prominently in the unverified Steele dossier concerning ties between Donald Trump and Russia.
Solomon believes Durham is contending with “two buckets.”
The two indictments that were brought against people connected to Hillary Clinton and their scheme to provide false information about Trump-Russia conspiracies. These two indictments fall into one bucket.
Solomon said the other “bucket” concerns whether the FBI misled the FISA court in order to get spying warrants on operatives of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Moreover, Solomon asserts that former FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok’s statement on MSNBC that the FBI never investigated the Trump campaign in 2016 is in fact false, as Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller investigation reveals yet another indictment.
Here’s a transcript of Solomon and Bartiromo.
STRZOK: Whether intentionally or not, when you look at the balance of those pages, they have subtle dog whistles to these pro-Trump conspiracy theories, statements like the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign relied on certain things. Well, there was never an FBI investigation of the Trump campaign. Unless you listen to some kind of far-extreme-right commentators or of folks in Congress who assert there was, but that’s nonsense.
BARTIROMO: Of course, John, there was no pushback from Rachel Maddow. To say there was no investigation of the Trump campaign. Your reaction? Mind-boggling.
SOLOMON: Listen, Pete Strzok’s opening electronic communication which starts the Crossfire Hurricane investigation states they are looking at whether individuals associated with the Trump campaign were coordinating and conspiring with Russia. When they put the first FISA in, in October, the Trump campaign is mentioned a dozen times in the first FISA, and as I mentioned in the last segment, the allegation is a well-developed conspiracy between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia to hijack the election. Of course, it was about the campaign. Peter Strzok’s own words said it was about the campaign. He was lying the other night. There’s no other way to say it politely.
BARTIROMO: Of course, they continue to renew FISA warrants against the Trump campaign, and they based those warrants to wiretap people like Carter Page, based on that dossier which they knew was false and made up. So I ask you now, what do you think the indictments will look like in the future? Do you think that John Durham is going to indict people at high levels, big fish, within the FBI?
SOLOMON: There’s no doubt there is activity inside the grand jury right now aimed at looking at top-level officials of the FBI, and it’s based on this evidence. We all look at the fact that Denchenko was interviewed by the FBI on January 17, and disowned a lot of the things that were said to him. A lot of people said that should have been the point where the FBI stopped.
But Durham developed really significant evidence that red flags, the stop-now warning signs go all the way back to August when Bruce Orr, in 2016 came to the FBI and said Christopher Steele is dumping a dossier. He hates Trump. He’s hired by Hillary Clinton and most of his information is raw and uncorroborated.
A month after the CIA sends a warning to the FBI, this is something John Ratcliffe declassified, saying Hillary Clinton is trying to play a dirty trick on Donald Trump to tie him to Russia to get out of her e-mail thing. All through the fall, they keep a spreadsheet of what’s right and wrong of the Steele dossier. It’s all wrong. Can’t corroborate, they can’t collaborate the information. The FBI never should have started the investigation and I think that’s where John Durham’s investigation is focused right now.