More than two years ago, then-Attorney General Bill Barr tasked Special Counsel John Durham with investigating the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe.
The investigative team remained largely quiet and out of the public eye for months — that is, until last week, when Fox News reported that Durham had moved to indict an attorney with ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Now, one lawmaker says more developments — including criminal charges — are likely on their way.
Confidence in Durham
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, discussed the situation with Breitbart News Daily last month.
“I’ve been probably the only guy in America who’s actually had confidence in John Durham,” the website quoted him as saying.
“I’ve been saying this for a very long time, and that’s largely because he’s run a very closed investigation, unlike what you saw with [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s, and it’s an investigation like they should be, where you don’t have leaks to the fake news companies,” Nunes added.
Clinton-connected lawyer indicted
The Republican congressman went on to directly address the indictment of Michael Sussmann, an attorney who stands accused of lying to the FBI in 2016.
According to Fox News, Sussmann is alleged to have told federal authorities that he was not working “for any client” at the time that he presented evidence purporting to show a communications link between Russia and then-candidate Donald Trump.
But Sussmann was, in fact, working for a firm hired by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016.
What’s more, Sussmann was reportedly a founding partner in Perkins Coie, a Democrat-allied law firm that had hired Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research against Trump on behalf of the DNC.
“The first step”
Included in that research was the now-infamous and debunked dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that contained salacious personal allegations concerning Trump and Russia.
“In this case, it is a quintessential definition of an indictment of lying to the FBI that I think is really a slam dunk,” Nunes told Breitbart.
Now, he said, “the question becomes, can Durham get the next set of charges, which would be the larger conspiracy? No one believes that Sussmann and all these cats at the FBI and the Clinton campaign…didn’t know about this, right?” Nunes said. “This is the first step, hopefully, of many.”