Fox News reported last week that Clinton-connected attorney Michael Sussmann was indicted as part of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the Trump-Russian collusion probe. It’s a topic that one former high-level House Intelligence Committee investigator has recently commented, on and if what he says is true, then Democrats may soon have a legitimate reason to panic.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kash Patel made a Monday appearance on Fox News during which he predicted that Durham will present a “very well-laid out” conspiracy charge with far-reaching consequences.
“Sussmann is the centerpiece for these allegations because he ties the Hillary Clinton campaign to Fusion GPS to Christopher Steele to the Department of Justice and the false information they fed to the FBI and DOJ to spy on the presidential campaign,” Patel said.
Fox News reported on Friday that Sussmann was accused of lying to the FBI in 2016 when he presented the agency with supposed evidence of a secret communications channel between the Russian government and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Specifically, Sussmann is alleged to have told the FBI that he was not working “for any client” at the time that he provided the information.
In fact, the law firm where Sussmann worked as a founding partner, Perkins Coie, was doing work for both the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Perkins Coie also hired FusionGPS to conduct opposition research on Trump at the time — efforts that included the now-infamous dossier, which was compiled by former British spy, Christopher Steele.
Lawyers cry foul
For his part, Sussmann has pleaded not guilty, as Fox News reported that his attorneys are claiming that he was charged “because of politics, not facts.”
Sussman’s is thus far only the second indictment to come from Durham’s investigation, with the first being that of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty late last year to illegally altering an email regarding Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Fox previously reported that Clinesmith was sentenced in January to community service and 12 months probation.
Formerly a United States attorney for Connecticut, Durham was tasked in 2019 by then-Attorney General Bill Barr with investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
Only time will tell where the latest revelation goes, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to presume that a number of high-profile Democrats might be losing a tad more sleep in the coming days and weeks.