As Durham probe continues, Clinton ally announces exit from law firm that paid for Steele dossier

A Hillary Clinton ally and key player in the infamous Trump–Russia collusion hoax, Marc Elias, is leaving Perkins Coie, the law firm that paid for the infamous Christopher Steele dossier, Breitbart reports.

The news comes as there has been renewed interest in the probe being led by John Durham, the special counsel appointed by then-President Donald Trump to investigate the origins of the Russia hoax.

Elias leaving Perkins Coie

According to Breitbart, Elias announced Sunday that he is leaving with several Perkins Coie partners to start his own law firm.

Perkins Coie notoriously hired Fusion GPS on behalf of Clinton in 2016 for “opposition research” on Trump. That “research” was in fact a disinformation campaign that would hobble President Trump for years.

It wasn’t until the spring of 2019, halfway through Trump’s presidency, that Trump was vindicated in a special counsel probe of “Russian collusion,” which ended with no evidence of a Trump–Russia conspiracy. Before leaving office, Trump tapped Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia hoax.

Many assumed that Durham’s work would remain unfinished after Joe Biden entered the White House, and until recently Durham’s probe was seen as dormant, if not quietly shelved.

But after years of anticipation, Durham is reportedly planning to release his report in the coming months and is looking at charges against low-ranking FBI officials.

A partisan lawyer

One person has been charged in Durham’s probe, FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.

According to reports, he received a slap on the wrist for suppressing exculpatory evidence about Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide who the FBI spied on using the Steele dossier as its justification, despite knowing it was bunk.

Elias, in addition to his work on the Clinton campaign, helped Joe Biden fight the so-called “big lie” by battling Donald Trump’s 2020 election lawsuits after helping Democrats change the election laws before Nov. 3.

The Elias Law Group will “more directly” support Democrats and makes no apologies about “electing Democrats, supporting voting rights, and helping progressives make change” at what Elias called “this unique moment in our history.”

According to Bloomberg, Elias said he started the firm because “our democracy is at risk” from Republican voting laws, “and it is the most effective way for me to fight back.”

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