Clinton Lawyer Sings Like a Canary at Sussman-Durham Trial

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Last month, special counsel John Durham detailed the involvement of Clinton General Counsel Marc Elias and Christopher Steele in the false Russian collusion claims related to Alfa Bank.

Former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann’s efforts and the Alfa Bank hoax were comparable to the efforts of Elias at the law firm Perkins Coie in pushing the Steele dossier, which turned out to be a debunked collusion claim. Recent fines were imposed by the Federal Election Commission on the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee for not disclosing the funding of the dossier by Perkins Coie as a legal cost.

Durham notes that both the CIA and FBI were sent on an effective wild goose chase by the Clinton campaign. He notes that the government found the allegations to be manufactured and not even technically possible. He refers to the CIA in the following passage:

Agency-2 concluded in early 2017 that the Russian Bank-1 data and Russian Phone Provider-1 data was not “technically plausible,” did not “withstand technical scrutiny,” “contained gaps,” “conflicted with [itself],” and was “user-created and not machine/tool generated.

As a result, Clinton associates themselves raised concerns about the lack of support for their claims of Russian collusion. In these exchanges, “Researcher 1” appears significantly.

The Alfa Bank claim collapsed even before Sussmann handed it over to the FBI, says Durham.

A number of internet companies were allegedly influenced by the alleged authority of an unnamed “tech executive” to produce the ridiculous claim. (The executive is alleged to have received a top cyber security job during the Clinton administration).

Unnamed university researchers and those working on the secret project both expressed misgivings about the argument, repeatedly claiming that it was bogus.

The researchers were advised not to look for proof but only enough information to “give the base of a very useful narrative.”

In the indictment, the researchers claimed that anyone knowledgeable about analyzing internet traffic would poke holes in that narrative, writing that what they found likely “was not a secret communications channel with Russian Bank-1, but ‘a red herring.’”

“Researcher-1” reiterated these doubts, according to the indictment, and asked, “How do we plan to defend against the criticism that this is not spoofed traffic we are observing? There is no answer to that. Let’s assume again that they are not smart enough to refute our ‘best case scenario.’ You do realize that we will have to expose every trick we have in our bag to even make a very weak association.”

In the trial of Michael Sussmann, his former law partner at Perkins Coie, Elias testified for over three hours. He sang like a canary all the way through.

Among the allegations against Sussmann is that he lied to the FBI. He claimed to be acting in the interests of a citizen, rather than for a client, by bringing the FBI bogus dirt on Donald Trump. The FBI was informed by Sussmann that Trump had a secret communication channel with the Kremlin via Alfa Bank. But FBI agents discovered no such channel.

According to Durham, Sussmann provided the bogus information regarding Trump to FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016. This was on behalf of the Hillary campaign and Rodney Joffe, a technology executive. Among the evidence was Sussmann’s billing to Hillary’s campaign for his work.

As part of his testimony, Elias confirmed he hired Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. As part of Fusion GPS’ support for Hillary’s campaign, he also promised to share “the fruits of their work” with senior Clinton campaign officials.

Elias revealed that Clinton campaign officials, as well as Fusion GPS, knew about the opposition research. Robby Mook was the campaign manager, John Podesta was the campaign chairman, Jake Sullivan was the policy director, and Jennifer Palmieri was the communications official.

Fox News reported:

With regard to the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump, Elias testified that he did not specifically recall who on the campaign he briefed on that research, but said “it would have been Robby, it would have been John… Jake would make sense, Palmieri would make sense.”

As to whether the campaign had put out any public statements about the Alfa Bank allegations, Elias said they had, shortly before the election. Elias went on to say that he did not remember if the communication was put out to the public via Twitter.

On Oct. 31, 2016, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”

Clinton also shared a statement from Jake Sullivan, which stated: “This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow. Computer scientists have uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”

Sullivan said the “secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”

“This line of communication may help explain Trump’s bizarre adoration of Vladimir Putin and endorsement of so many pro-Kremlin positions throughout this campaign,” Sullivan’s 2016 statement continued. “It raises even more troubling questions in light of Russia’s masterminding of hacking efforts that are clearly intended to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Sullivan added that they “can only assume federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia as part of their existing probe into Russia’s meddling in our elections.”

At the moment, Jake Sullivan is Joe Biden’s national security adviser.

Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for approximately five hours of work on Sept. 17, 2016, according to the report. In testimony, Elias stated he could not recollect what Sussmann charged, but acknowledged that he periodically checked on the bogus Alfa Bank allegations with Sussmann.

By saying he didn’t direct Sussmann to give the bogus dirt on Trump to the FBI, Elias attempted to distance himself from Sussmann. Despite this, he admitted that Fusion GPS hired his firm to discover dirt on Trump which was shared with high-level Clinton campaign officials.

Durham has receipts showing that Sussmann worked for a client, in spite of his claims to the contrary. Moreover, Marc Elias, who was involved in opposition research, has testified that it was Sussmann who conducted it.

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