It was fairly late on the afternoon of April 4 that Special Counsel John Durham made his latest series of filings in the case he is trying against former Hillary Clinton campaign operative Michael Sussmann.
Last night, right after the filings dropped, I did a long series of posts about Filing #61, where Durham tells the court why certain evidence – including Sussmann’s Feb. 7 2017 trip to the CIA to give them an updated version of the Alfa Bank hoax, a visit in which he essentially repeated the exact same crime for which he is charged, should be admitted into his trial.
You can read that long series of posts by starting right here on my Telegram channel.
What drew my attention immediately to filing #61 was a bombshell found early within it’s pages.
An Explosive Text Message Appears
On page two of Filing #61, Durham suddenly reveals that he has in his possession a text message sent from Sussmann to Baker:
The first thing that leapt to my mind on reading that text message was why I hadn’t seen it before.
It’s not in Sussmann’s indictment unsealed last September, or in any filing made prior to this one. In the indictment Durham says he’ll prove Sussmann lied about representing the Clinton campaign and Rodney Joffe as he made the handoff of the Alfa Bank hoax to the FBI based on Baker’s recollection/testimony at trial and on handwritten notes from Bill Priestap, the former FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence.
So why wasn’t this Sussmann-to-Baker text message included in Sussmann’s indictment? Why does Durham only mention Baker’s recollection and former FBI Deputy Counterintelligence Director Bill Priestap’s notes in the indictment if he also had this text message where Sussmann just blatantly types out to Baker that he’s not doing this approach with the Alfa Bank hoax on behalf of any client?
The text message didn’t appear in Sussmann’s September 2021 indictment because Durham didn’t have it yet.
Recall that in a filing almost two months ago Durham revealed that he’d just discovered that the DOJ Inspector General’s Office, led by Michael Horowitz, had failed to turn over a phone that James Baker had surrendered to it.
Here’s where I discussed how displeased John Durham was to find out the OIG hadn’t complied with his request for all material relevant to Baker:
The DOJ OIG tried to hide all material related to a meeting that former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann had with Inspector General Horowitz about an OIG employee’s computer supposedly being connected to a foreign VPN, and it was Sussmann’s own attorneys that alerted Durham to this omission.
But that wasn’t all!
The OIG also tried to claim it had told Durham 4 years ago that it had former FBI General Counsel James Baker’s phones. But then the OIG somehow “forgot” to mention this when the Durham SCO specifically requested all discovery material related to Sussmann’s case last October.
Naturally, John Durham was not pleased to discover that the Inspector General’s Office had somehow neglected to pass on these two key pieces of discovery evidence in the Sussmann case to him.
This led directly to the explosive filing in which Durham called out and exposed the OIG on both of these attempts to stonewall him.
[I sure hope all the other agencies out there are paying attention. Like say, the CIA, the State Department and the FBI]
I believe Prof. Cleveland has put her finger exactly on why Durham didn’t include what would be the strongest evidence of the crime Sussmann committed in the indictment he unsealed last September: because that highly incriminating text message was on one of the phones the OIG had ‘forgotten’ to hand over to him until fairly recently. Durham didn’t have it at the time.
Once Durham’s team got the phones from the OIG around January of this year, they found the text message on it and are now introducing it in a new court filing.
Durham Continues To Flesh Out The Highly Organized Conspiracy Among Clinton’s Paid Operatives
Another fascinating trait of this spate of recent filings by the Durham SCO is how he continues to flesh out and expose the highly organized criminal conspiracy that existed between all of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s paid private contractors.
Despite furious Fake News Media denials that this isn’t what he’s claiming he’ll prove in court with the evidence, Durham continues to make filings openly discussing how these private contractors at Neustar and Georgia Technical working for the Clinton campaign actually were spying on Trump and his associates electronically at Trump Tower, his Park West apartment and later on, inside the Executive Office of the President itself [EOP].
Far from retreating from this claim of private spying, Durham continues to provide new details of it with each filing that he makes.
And each new detail that emerges, you can be sure it won’t be long until Donald J. Trump and his own legal team use it in their own lawsuit against Hillary and her minions.
I pointed out in a recent column that in Trump’s civil RICO lawsuit filed in Florida against Clinton and all her private operatives, the President does not go beyond anything that Durham had revealed thus far.
In fact, it’s fair to say that the Trump lawsuit is a kind of ‘Cliffs Notes’ version of all of the evidence that Durham had thus far revealed in his 3 indictments and various court filings involving the cases of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, Sussmann, and the Steele Dossier’s supposed primary source, Igor Danchenko.
It’s on page 14 of his #61 filing that Durham begins explicitly calling what Clinton’s various private contractors at Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS, Neustar and Georgia Tech were engaged in doing a ‘joint venture’ with a well-defined goal they were all in pursuit of.
As I’ve said before, if that Russian intelligence analysis that the CIA intercepted about the campaign strategy meeting held in late July 2016 at Clinton campaign HQ is fake, it was an amazingly accurate fake. The report claimed Clinton was shown the plan by her foreign policy advisor, Jake Sullivan, who’s the current National Security Advisor for current President Joe Biden, and she approved going forward with it.
And voila! About this same time you suddenly have Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Rodney Joffe, the GT researchers, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch at Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and Igor Danchenko at Orbis Business Intelligence leaping into action to begin furiously inventing Trump/Russia collusion hoaxes.
It’d be pretty hard to sell this as just being an amazing coincidence.
As Durham keeps going and continues unveiling more evidence with each subsequent filing as the trial date of May 15 continues to approach, I predict two things will happen:
Trump will use the megaphone of his rallies and his RICO lawsuit to force the Fake News Media to cover what Durham is presenting and
The Fake News Media will descend even further into cognitive dissonance as they struggle to simultaneously make key admissions about the Biden Crime Family investigation while at the same time stridently insisting Durham’s got nothing, this is all a witch hunt and Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong.
Now that I think about it, I expect another big development: Sussmann is going to suddenly change his plea to guilty.
It may be that we’ve been watching a fake slap fight between Durham and Sussmann as Durham used Sussmann’s filings to exert maximum pressure on other coconspirators to flip and cooperate. The filings have allowed Durham the opportunity to show just how much evidence he has of the RICO conspiracy.
Had Sussmann quickly pleaded guilty back at his arraignment in September 2021, Durham doesn’t get to reveal all this stuff in court filings over the past six months. Think about how much we wouldn’t know at this point without all the Sussmann filings that have been made.
And it must be remembered that Durham can drop superseding indictments on Sussmann at any time – including charging him for a second false statement to federal officials in the February 2017 visit to the CIA.
Durham has been revealing a major criminal conspiracy for several months now without charging anybody for it – yet.
He could be starting with the milder false statement charges while he shows the coconspirators just how much he knows so he can get more of them to flip on the higher ups. As he works his way up the pyramid of the scheme, starting at the base with the private contractors, each person that flips will give him details on the people at the higher level of the conspiracy.
This is why I believe the indictments will follow this pattern:
All the private contractors first – at Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS, Neustar/GT, Orbis Business Intelligence, LLC
Then the Clinton campaign people – Jake Sullivan, Robby Mook, Clinton herself
Then the FBI/CIA/federal agency people who assisted the conspiracy.
Durham’s waiting to indict people like Comey and Strzok and McCabe because he wants as many lower level private contractors and Clinton campaign people to flip as he can get before he pulls on that thread. Getting the lower level people to flip and rat on the higher level people is the textbook way you roll up a RICO criminal conspiracy.
Which is exactly what Hillary Clinton herself set in motion back in July of 2016. And now she’s helpless as she watches Durham close in.
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