May 24, 2022

Clinton campaign attorney seeking to have charges dropped following Durham report findings

It seems that former President Donald Trump was set up in the Russia collusion hoax by Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives. Now one of the people allegedly responsible for it doesn’t want to face the consequences.

Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann asked a federal judge to drop the charge of making false statements to the FBI, The Hill reported. Sussmann was caught up in special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the now-debunked narrative that Trump colluded with the Kremlin to win the 2016 presidential election. 

Sussmann filed a motion Thursday citing “a case of extraordinary prosecutorial overreach” as the argument for dismissal. “Allowing this case to go forward would risk criminalizing ordinary conduct, raise First Amendment concerns, dissuade honest citizens from coming forward with tips, and chill the advocacy of lawyers who interact with the government,” the filing stated.

His motion further claimed that Sussmann’s tip under false pretenses was immaterial launching the initial FBI investigation. “At the end of the day, Hillary Clinton herself could have publicly handed over the Russian Bank-1 Information and the FBI would still have investigated it,” the legal document argued.

Durham’s probe led to the national security attorney as the man who turned over supposed evidence to the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign. Representing himself as a disinterested party, Sussmann shared electronic data allegedly linking Trump with the Russian financial institution.

However, Sussmann was at the time billing the Clinton campaign when he came forward with this information. Moreover, the FBI never established truth to Sussmann’s claims and further bolstered Trump’s credibility in asserting that it was all a ruse created to take down his presidency.

Durham is now in charge of investigating the origin of the scandal that turned out to have been staked on what amounts to opposition research. So far, Sussmann is the only one to be charged with a crime in connection to the scheme.

Though the left wants to characterize Durham’s probe as little more than a vast right-wing conspiracy, it has already uncovered the shady beginnings of the Russiagate narrative. Whether Sussmann’s motion is approved or not, it’s likely Durham will find other players to answer for their part in this ugly political game.

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