Former President Donald Trump was dogged by a years-long investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with the Kremlin to get him elected. However, it’s becoming clear it was a targeted attack on the then-candidate by his opponent’s operatives.
Special counsel John Durham’s probe may have uncovered evidence linking the Russia collusion claims to Hillary Clinton’s campaign attorney, Michael Sussmann, according to PJ Media. Sussmann had denied lying to the FBI but new evidence possibly proves otherwise.
On Monday, Durham filed a 48-page motion that backs up charges of lying to investigators previously leveled against Sussmann, the New York Post reported. Sussmann had claimed to be a disinterested party when he brought supposed evidence to the FBI about Trump’s dealings with Russia.
“Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann,” a text message on Sept. 18, 2016 to then-FBI general counsel James Baker began. “I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” it said cryptically.
“Do you have availability [sic] for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks,” Sussmann’s message concluded. Meanwhile, he had been paid by the Clinton campaign on more than one occasion for services rendered.
At the meeting Sussmann set up with Baker, the Clinton attorney allegedly provided information that Trump Organization was exchanging data with the Russia-based Alfa-Bank while claiming to have no ties to the campaign. The data was reportedly supplied by senior vice president of Neustar Rodney Joffee, who told employees, “he was working with a person at a firm in Washington, D.C. with close ties to Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party.”
What Sussmann eventually presented to Baker was allegedly part of a grand scheme to have Trump investigated for ties with Russia. Though nothing became of the investigation, it seems the point was to prevent him from getting elected in the first place and then to tarnish Trump’s name while he was president.
Sussmann’s representatives have denied these claims, but the evidence seems pretty clear. It seems likely that the Clinton attorney was doing her bidding.