Many may have forgotten about Special Counsel John Durham and his probe into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation. But Durham’s team is still hard at work, recently issuing a federal indictment against Michael Sussmann, an attorney whose firm worked with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.
That indictment for lying to the FBI may not seem like much, but according to former Trump national security official Kash Patel, it’s likely just an opening salvo. According to Breitbart, Patel said he expects Durham will have many more indictments where that came from.
A key factor in Patel’s reasoning is that the Sussmann indictment is far longer — at 27 pages — and includes far more details than would otherwise be necessary in a typical prosecution of the relatively basic crime of lying to federal law enforcement.
Clinton lawyer indicted
Patel discussed his speculative theory and much more about Durham’s investigation of the “Russiagate” origins in a lengthy interview on his own program, “Kash’s Corner,” on Epoch TV of The Epoch Times.
His theory is based on his own informed experience and knowledge gained prior to joining the Trump administration, when he was a chief investigator on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee when it was chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and was a key player in that committee’s initial probe of the Russian collusion allegations.
In fact, as Patel revealed in the conversation, he himself deposed Sussmann under oath, and some of the information he gleaned was used by Durham in the lawyer’s indictment.
Sussmann has been charged for falsely telling the FBI that he was not working on behalf of any clients when he handed over false information ostensibly linking then-candidate Trump with Russia. In fact, he and his firm were working directly on behalf of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and an unnamed tech company executive.
A “signal that more is coming”
Patel also spent some time discussing various details of the indictment and the broader anti-Trump conspiracy he has believed for quite some time was at play in 2016 that involved the Clinton campaign, attorneys like Sussmann at the Perkins Coie law firm, the FusionGPS opposition research firm and Christopher Steele of the infamous Steele dossier, and, of course, various officials within the FBI.
“For me, the 27-page indictment is the biggest signal that more is coming,” Patel said at one point, according to Breitbart. “Because when you issue an indictment for lying to the FBI, like they did with Sussmann, it’s two to five pages max. It’s unheard of to be 27 pages. So why put all that information out there? It’s exactly for that reason.”
He noted that several other individuals were clearly implicated — mostly all unnamed but identified by title or occupation — and wondered whether any of those individuals, or even others who were not mentioned in the Sussman indictment, were cooperating with Durham’s investigation.
“This indictment cites individuals who are in communication at the Hillary campaign. The Hillary Clinton campaign manager, the communications director, and one of their advisors were all in direct contact with Sussmann about all this Alfa Bank stuff. So have they been talked to?” Patel said. “I would imagine that you would put all those people in grand juries for interviews and then you obtain documents. I think that’s what is coming.”
Obviously, nobody but Durham knows what, if anything, his next move will be, but those who have been closely following the scandal know that Sussmann is but a small in the scheme. Hopefully, Patel is correct that Durham is just getting started in finally holding the schemers accountable.