The recent indictment of a prominent attorney has brought new attention to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and a probe into allegations of Russian collusion by her GOP rival, Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Examiner, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) asserted in an interview Thursday that charges against Michael Sussmann could result in him being outed as the “fall guy” for the Clinton campaign.
Special counsel John Durham has been heading up an investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe and announced his intention to seat a grand jury tasked with considering evidence that Sussmann allegedly lied to FBI agents. That led to an indictment this week.
The former attorney for the Perkins Coie law firm reportedly told FBI agents in 2016 that he was not representing any clients, though subsequently released information indicated a link to the Clinton campaign. On Friday, Sussmann pleaded not guilty to the charge.
For his part, Nunes warned Sussmann to tread lightly, advising that the Clinton family has a “history of their lawyers and agents disappearing,” as the Examiner reported.
The lawmaker heralded the 27-page indictment as a “slam dunk,” citing the “emails and communications” included therein that bolster the “circumstantial evidence” already available.
Prior to the latest development, Clinton’s presidential campaign manager Robby Mook confirmed that he tasked another Perkin Coie attorney, Marc Elias, to find possible links between Trump and Russia.
“Very, very broad”
Elias is also named in the indictment for allegedly exchanging Russia-related messages with top Clinton staffers.
Nunes, who serves as the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, shared his hope that “this is only the first of several other indictments” as part of a broader effort to hold Clinton campaign insiders accountable.
“There was a conspiracy here,” he claimed, noting that such a charge is both “major” and “can be very, very broad” in its scope, according to the Examiner.
“Was this the only guy that did it?” he asked in reference to Sussmann. “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.”
Sussmann’s attorney released a statement claiming that he had been indicted “because of politics, not facts,” though longtime critics of the Clinton family are sure to see this development as further evidence of deep-seated corruption.