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An alarming story broke this week that a law firm hired by the Clinton campaign spied on President Trump during his presidency. Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe led to the release of the report. Michael Sussman hired Lathan & Watkins LLP as legal counsel when he was indicted for lying to the FBI. He presented them with fake intelligence linking President Trump to the Alfa bank in Russia. As it turns out, Liz Cheney’s husband Phillip Perry is a partner in Lathan & Watkins LLP. This firm represented the Clinton campaign when it misrepresented facts to the FBI in order to get them to investigate President Trump.
It was reported that “On February 11, 2022, Durham filed the Government’s Motion to Inquire into Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Michael Sussmann case. Sussmann was charged with giving false statements to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker regarding the interests he was representing in pushing to the FBI the Alfa Bank/Trump Organization hoax.
The basis for the latest motion is that Sussmann’s current counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP (Latham) might have a conflict of interest because Latham previously represented Perkins Coie and Mark Elias “in this investigation.” It is alleged that Latham “likely possesses confidential knowledge about Perkins Coie’s role in, and views concerning, Sussmann’s past activities.”
There might also be a conflict because Latham was representing both the Clinton Campaign and Hillary for America in the Special Counsel’s investigation. Durham observes that Latham’s duties to these former clients “might cause its interests to diverge from those of [Sussmann].”
The law firm of Cheney’s husband has not only represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but also the Chinese military and Chinese intelligence agencies. Cheney declared China a “generational” threat, while her husband is benefitting from his law firm’s work for China’s military and intelligence apparatuses.
John Ratcliffe, the former Director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration, said there is ‘enough evidence’ to bring charges against ‘multiple people’ associated with the origin of the investigation into Russian interference with the ex-president’s campaign.
According to Fox News, Ratcliffe told Durham that Clinton’s lawyers may have hacked Trump’s server to fabricate ties with the campaign and Kremlin in order to distract from her own email scandal.
It is alleged that Hillary Clinton approved ‘a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server,’ revealed a heavily redacted CIA report that became accessible to the public in October 2020.
In September 2016, the CIA forwarded a memo to FBI Director James Comey and FBI Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok at the FBI.
Ratcliffe has privately expressed concerns about the CIOL’s direction to Comey and Strzok, according to a Fox source familiar with the situation.
According to Ratcliffe, John Brennan, the CIA Director under President Obama, disclosed to the then-president in 2016 that Clinton was linking Trump to Russia based on the allegations Durham revealed recently.
‘What did John Brennan tell President Obama in the Oval Office in 2016?’ Bill Hemmer asked Ratcliffe during a Fox News interview on Monday.
‘Well, I can talk about this because this part has been declassified,’ he began. ‘He briefed President Obama and Vice President Biden and other members of the national security team about this specific intelligence that John Durham now has about a Hillary Clinton plan to falsely accuse and vilify Donald Trump with a scandal, and the discussion around that and whether or not it was good intelligence.’
‘And so everything that happened after that is one of the reasons that John Durham is investigating,’ Ratcliffe continued.
‘Those are the issues that John Durham is looking at and I think there will be many more,’ he predicted. ‘I would expect there to be quite a few more indictments because of that. There wasn’t a proper predicate to begin that investigation and John Durham has said that publicly already.’
Durham and Ratcliffe met more than once, and Ratcliffe discussed his assessment that multiple people could have been charged with a crime in the events that led to Trump being impeached for the first time. He was acquitted by the Senate.
Ratcliffe was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas before becoming Trump’s director of national intelligence. He was previously representative for Texas’s 4th congressional district.
According to a poll conducted before the recent bombshell revelations that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had been spying on Donald Trump, a growing chorus of Democrats believe Hillary Clinton should be interviewed by special advisor John Durham about her alleged role in the Russian secret server scandal.
According to the TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics (TIPP), 66 percent of Democrats want Clinton questioned, a 22 percentage point increase from October last year.
In a statement Sunday, Trump compared the alleged spying to the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s fall.
‘What Hillary Clinton and the Radical Left Democrats did with respect to spying on a President of the United States, even while in office, is a far bigger crime than Watergate,’ Trump declared.
‘It will be interesting to see how it was covered by the media and what Mitch McConnell and the RINOs will be doing about it. This is an insult to the Republican Party, but a far greater insult to our Nation.’
Following Durham’s court filing explaining the alleged hack, Trump unleashed a scathing response on Sunday, saying that Team Clinton’s behavior once would have merited execution.
‘In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death. In addition, reparations should be paid to those in our country who have been damaged by this.’