Amid a reckoning with Big Tech interference in the 2020 election, Elon Musk is drawing renewed attention to the “Russian collusion” hoax that Democrats concocted to steal the presidency from Donald Trump.
In a tweet, Musk blasted former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann for attempting to “corrupt a Presidential election” by falsely linking Donald Trump and Russia.
Musk sounds off on election interference
Sussmann has ties to former FBI lawyer James Baker, who was fired from Twitter on Tuesday over reports that he tried to suppress Musk’s expose of left-wing political censorship under the company’s previous owners.
Right-wing filmmaker Amanda Milius applauded Musk for firing Baker but raised concern over reports Twitter remains tied to Perkins Coie, which employed Sussmann and played a central role in fabricating the “Russian collusion” narrative.
Musk responded by claiming that Twitter has severed ties with the firm, writing, “No company should use them until they make amends for Sussman’s attempt to corrupt a Presidential election.”
Sussmann and Baker met before the 2016 election to dirty up then-candidate Trump, who Sussmann tried to falsely tie to a Russian bank.
Special Counsel John Durham, appointed by the Trump administration to investigate the Russia hoax, accused Sussmann of lying to the FBI, although Baker described Sussmann as a “friend” during the trial. A jury in heavily Democratic Washington, D.C acquitted Sussmann this year.
Nest of corruption
Contrary to Musk’s claim, the Epoch Times claimed in a response to Musk’s tweet that Twitter is still being represented by Perkins Coie.
Perkins Coie is a familiar name to those who have followed the winding “Russian collusion” saga. The firm notoriously hired Fusion GPS, the opposition research group that compiled the bogus Christopher Steele dossier that fueled the Trump-Russia narrative.
The dossier was used by the FBI to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign. Baker had a hand in authorizing shoddy FISA warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Baker was also in communication shortly before the 2016 election with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, who was the first to publicize the existence of the garbage Steele dossier. Around the same time, Sussmann was meeting with Baker and plugging the phony “Alfa Bank” story.
Musk exposes election interference
Clinton’s “Russian collusion” information op ultimately failed to keep Trump out of the White House, but it was successful in casting a cloud over his four years in office.
Democrats had more success in 2020, when they pressured the media and Big Tech to censor a legitimate news story about Hunter Biden’s corrupt overseas business dealings. Many believe that the censorship, in which Twitter played a role, may have altered the election’s outcome.
Musk fired Baker over reports he went behind Musk’s back to suppress internal documents, known as the Twitter Files, about Twitter’s censorship.