Special Counsel John Durham, who has been investigating allegations of Russian “collusion” in the 2016 presidential election for years, responded on Friday to Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann’s request to a trial judge to dismiss his charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to a report from Just the News, Sussmann has been accused by Durham of engaging in “political deceit” and knowingly lying to federal investigators, an accusation that was made in Durham’s shocking February filing.
In his response to the judge following Sussmann’s request, Special Counsel Durham stated the following:
“Far from finding himself in the vulnerable position of an ordinary person whose speech is likely to be chilled, the defendant – a sophisticated and well-connected lawyer – chose to bring politically-charged allegations to the FBI’s chief legal officer at the height of an election season… He then chose to lie about the clients who were behind those allegations. Using such rare access to the halls of power for the purposes of political deceit is hardly the type of speech that the Founders intended to protect.”
Further, Durham urged the court to reject Sussmann’s request for the charge to be dismissed, calling it an “invitation to expand the scope of the First Amendment” to protect his allegedly deceitful conduct.
In February, President Donald Trump was proven right yet again when it was revealed in Durham’s long-awaited federal filing that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign spied on Trump in 2016 and even during his time in the Oval Office, as previously reported by RSBN.
The Durham filing additionally alleged that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General had failed to inform him that Michael Sussmann had previously met with Inspector General Michael Horowitz in 2017.
Based on Durham’s recent comments, it looks like he is not going to let Michael Sussmann run away from the allegations made against him in the initial federal filing.
Durham concluded in his statement, “An evaluation of a source can (and often does) influence the FBI’s decisions regarding its initial opening decisions and subsequent investigative steps. That alone is sufficient to establish materiality.”
Durham’s determination to hold Sussmann’s feet to the proverbial fire of justice is good news for President Trump and his colleagues, who have been eagerly awaiting the evidence from Durham’s filings to be made public. Consequently, it also spells out more bad news for Hillary Clinton, who has frequently denied allegations that her campaign spied on President Trump.