Many on the right expressed deep disappointment after former President Donald Trump left office earlier this year without any major players from the Trump-Russia collusion investigation scandal being held accountable, as Trump very much desired.
However, recent developments suggest that their hopes may not yet be lost. Fox News reported recently that attorney Michael Sussmann was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. on charges that he lied to the FBI, which stemmed from special counsel John Durham’s probe into the Russia investigation.
Sussmann, a former Justice Department lawyer who was, until recently, a partner at the firm Perkins Coie, is accused of falsely claiming that he was not working “for any client” when he gave alleged evidence of communication between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
However, Sussmann’s indictment asserts that his firm was, in fact, working with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
What’s more, Perkins Coie is also said to have hired Fusion GPS as part of an opposition research operation which included the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Sussmann’s indictment comes as part of an ongoing investigation lead by Special Counsel John Durham. According to USA Today, Durham was tasked in 2019 by then-Attorney General Bill Barr to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia inquiry.
Prior to Sussmann, the only person to face criminal charges in connection with Durham’s probe was former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who was sentenced to probation in January after he pleaded guilty to illegally altering an email, Fox News noted in a separate report.
“There was a conspiracy”
Among those to issue statements concerning the news of Sussmann’s indictment is Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who serves as the ranking Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee.
According to the Washington Examiner, Nunes argued during a Thursday appearance on Newsmax that Sussmann likely represents just the tip of a much larger iceberg.
“There was a conspiracy here,” the California congressman insisted. “You’ve heard me talk about this for many, many years. The Clinton campaign conspired with really bad agents and bad actors within the FBI and other locations.”
“So, this guy you’ve got lying to the FBI. We know people conspired to do this. Conspiracy is a major charge, and it can be very, very broad. That’s what I would like to see — was this the only guy that did it?”
Nunes added: “Is he going to be the fall guy for the Clinton campaign? We’ve seen that in history, remember? We’ve seen people in history be the fall guy for the Clintons.”