In a court filing, Special Counsel John Durham disclosed that Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann lied to the FBI about not working on Clinton’s behalf when he submitted opposition research to the Bureau pushing the Trump-Russia collusion fiction.
Durham said in a court filing on Monday that Clinton and her associates, including Sussmann, established a “joint enterprise or conspiracy” to spread the Trump-Russia collusion fake, using smoking gun text exchanges sent to the FBI by Sussmann.
“These parties acted as ‘joint venturer[s]’ and therefore should be ‘considered as co-conspirator[s],’” Durham wrote in the filing.
Sussmann claimed to offer material on his own behalf revealing ties to Donald Trump and the Russian Alfa Bank in a text message to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker.
“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.”
However, Durham pointed out that Sussmann did indeed send the false material on Clinton’s behalf, as he later confirmed in congressional testimony.
“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.”
In the brief, Durham stated that he will present this evidence to a grand jury, demonstrating that Clinton, Sussmann, tech executive Rodney Joffe (Tech Executive-1), and others collaborated in a “joint venture” to provide false information to the FBI regarding potential Trump-Russia conspiracy.
“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.