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Durham to seek indictment of Clinton lawyer?


Just The NewsSpecial counsel John Durham reportedly is seeking a grand jury indictment against Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer at a Democratic-allied law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

According to the New York Times, the charge is said to be related to an alleged false statement to the FBI about a client's identity when Sussmann pushed now-debunked claims about secret communications between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Durham “has told the Justice Department that he will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of making a false statement to the FBI,” the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.”

We'll see what DOJ says about this request. Some commentators suggest an indictment of Sussmann would be a big deal that could threaten some very important figures in politics.

My take is less optimistic. While it would be nice if Durham has managed to collect enough evidence to indict a key figure (and thus to pressure him to testify against other key figures, potentially including the clients who hired him to present this hoax to the FBI), Durham still has to ask permission from Biden's DOJ to actually do anything. And both Barr and Durham have repeatedly disappointed the hopes for justice raised by media leaks.

So my policy remains no excitement until an indictment.

UPDATE: Well, I'll be damned... and maybe a little excited.

This entry was published Thu Sep 16 05:55:07 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-09-16 19:42:40.0. [Tweet]

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