WASHINGTON, DC- Just when it looks like the John Durham investigation of the Russia collusion hoax may have hit a brick wall, it appears it is alive and well.
According to the Washington Examiner, Special Counsel John Durham has submitted a request to a federal court requesting 30 subpoenas in regard to the trial of the main source of disgraced ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s bogus dossier.
The subpoenas were requested in the case of Igor Danchenko, alleged to be Steele’s main source, who was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI regarding information he provided to Steele for the phony dossier. The trial is currently scheduled to begin this October.
According to Durham, interviews conducted of Danchenko by the FBI “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting” and revealed that Danchenko “contradicted the allegations of a ‘well-developed conspiracy’ in the Steele dossier. He has pleaded not guilty.
In his filing lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Durham requested the court to issue “thirty subpoenas” for an “appearance before said Court at Alexandria, Virginia,” beginning on Oct. 11 “to testify on behalf of the United States.
While the specific witnesses are not named, a copy of the blank subpoena reads “YOU ARE COMMANDED to appear.”
The judge in the case, U.S. District judge Anthony Trenga was nominated in 2008 by former President George W. Bush, while also being a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court since 2020.
Danchenko, born in Russia has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for a number of years. The Russian-born lawyer and researcher was indicted in November in connection with the Durham probe on charges of lying to the FBI. Danchenko was among a small handful of individuals indicted thus far in the Durham investigation.
Last September, Democratic cybersecurity attorney Michael Sussman was likewise arrested for lying to the FBI last September while conveniently “forgetting” to reveal that he was working at the time for two clients—Neustar chief technology officer Rodney Joffe and the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.
Sussmann was accused of lying to FBI General Counsel James Baker, where he tried to push since debunked allegations of secret communications between the Trump Organization and Russia-based Alfa Bank during a 2016 meeting, telling Baker he was there of his own accord and not “representing” anyone, which was a lie. Despite that, he was acquitted by a Washington , D.C. jury in May.
In the case of Danchenko, Durham alleges he anonymously “sourced a fabricated claim about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to longtime Hillary Clinton ally Chuck Dolan,” the Examiner said. Dolan had spent a number of years working for Russian businesses as well as the Russian government, work which continued into 2016.
Steele is famous for the bogus and discredited anti-Trump dossier, which worked to, according to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, play a “central and essential” role in the FBI obtaining wiretap orders against former Trump aide Carter Page.
Steele had been hired by Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Perkins Coie law firm and slip-and-fall attorney Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign. Sussmann was working for Perkins Coie at the time, and both he and Elias met with Steele in 2016.
While he was targeting Trump on behalf of Fusion GPS (an opposition research firm) and Elias, Steele was also working for an oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin, Oleg Deripaska and had been doing so both before and after his time targeting now-former President Trump.
Thus far, Durham has garnered one guilty plea, in this case from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to falsifying a document during the FBI’s efforts to renew surveillance authorization under FISA against Carter Page.
For more on the Russia collusion hoax, we invite you to read our prior piece on the issue:
The following includes content which is editorial in nature and is the opinion of the author, a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- If the American people were unaware there are two tiers of justice in this country, the sham which took place last week in Washington, DC serves as proof positive. The acquittal of Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who was caught dead to rights lying to the FBI shows how broken our criminal justice system is.
More maddening however is information that came forth after the trial, which seems to show the FBI wasn’t as “duped” as we were led to believe, as reported in Liberty Daily.
On Monday’s edition of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host indicated that the Democratic Party and the Deep State are more tied to the hip than we thought.
According to sources, Carlson revealed, Sussmann, who was so involved in the Russia collusion scandal was so closely allied with the FBI that he actually had a keycard to enter FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.
During his opening monologue, Carlson dropped the bomb:
“Now, the FBI pretended to be outraged by the fact that Michael Sussmann had lied to them, but then we learned actually the FBI was working with Michael Sussmann and his law firm Perkins Coie,” Carlson related. “Perkins Coie had an FBI workspace in its offices for a decade and Michael Sussmann was so close to the FBI, he had a keycard to FBI Headquarters. We know this from a recently released text exchange.”
The discussion went as follows on a text exchange:
“Jim [Baker]—It’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own—not on behalf of a client or company [emphasis added]—want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
“Ok, I will find a time. What might work for you?” Baker replied.
“Any time but lunchtime—you name it,” Sussmann said.
“200 pm at my office? Do you have a badge or do you need help getting into the building?” he was asked by FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, the man he was ultimately accused of lying to.
“I have a badge. Please remind me of your room #,” Sussmann replied.
“2427,” Baker said.
So here you have someone caught dead to rights lying to the FBI and he walks free. Contrast that with what happened last week to former Trump aide Peter Navarro. Instead of operating as they normally do, advising Navarro’s attorney of the issuance of an arrest warrant for contempt of Congress, the Justice Department decided to make a show out of it.
As Navarro was walking through Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, he was accosted by armed FBI agents who promptly put him in handcuffs and leg irons and conducted a perp walk through the airport. This for a man in his 70s who is hardly a flight risk, nor someone likely to fight FBI agents. It’s all about making a point, don’t you know.
Let’s examine what happened when former attorney general Eric Holder was similarly charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the Obama administration’s failed gun-running scheme, Operation Fast and Furious. Holder was never arrested, and in that case, a border patrol agent lost his life.
Navarro’s only crime was that he refused to show up in front of Liz Cheney’s January 6 goon squad, despite the fact he was nowhere near the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Now look at what is happening to people arrested for being near the US Capitol on January 6. Seventeen months later, some are still being held in DC area jails, some in solitary confinement. An overwhelming majority are charged with misdemeanors such as parading or trespassing…period. Few are charged with anything resembling a violent crime.
All of this is of course being done to prove a point. Cross the Biden administration and they will destroy you. That is exactly what they are trying to do to Peter Navarro, Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, and other members of Trump’s inner circle. They are not out for justice—they are trying to make sure that Donald Trump never gets within a hair’s breadth of the Oval Office again. And they will take down and destroy anyone who stands in their way.
Meanwhile, a smarmy little scumbag like Michael Sussmann walks.
This is what passes for justice in Biden’s America.
For more on Sussmann’s acquittal, we invite you to read our previous report:
The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- The swamp is alive and well and still residing in Washington, DC. Despite a mountain of evidence, former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann managed to get himself acquitted of lying to the FBI, as anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the depth of the slime that oozes from our nation’s capital knew would happen.
Yet despite that, the Sussmann trial proved once and for all that Hillary Clinton is as dirty as the sludge that gathers in your average sewer treatment plant. It also shone a light on the sheer incompetence of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent three years investigating former President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia while he was running for president.
The trial proved that the allegations against Trump originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign and begs the question as to why Mueller, with three years to do so, never was able to put the pieces together.
During Sussmann’s trial, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified that the old windbag herself Hillary Clinton “approved the dissemination of unproven and subsequently debunked information to the media” which attempted to paint a pattern of “covert communications” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Russia-based financial institution, Fox News reported.
Those allegations became a key component of the Sussmann trial, as his charges came as a result of his making a false statement to FBI General Counsel James Baker on Sept. 19, 2016. Sussmann approached Baker and claimed that he was not working on behalf of any client, but instead was merely a concerned citizen worried about national security.
Durham’s investigators alleged Sussmann was working not only for the Clinton campaign but also for technology executive Rodney Joffe. After meeting with Baker, Durham alleged Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for his work.
That directly tied him into approaching Baker not as a “concerned citizen” but on behalf of Clinton. That proved he lied to the FBI, yet still the Washington, DC-based jury saw fit to find him not guilty.
The FBI opened an investigation into Sussmann’s information, and according to testimony given by Baker last week, the FBI found after weeks of investigating “there was nothing there.”
Other FBI agents and officials told the jury they were “unable to substantiate any of the allegations.”
The Alfa Bank tale wasn’t the only claim coming out of the Clinton campaign in an attempt to get Trump.
On July 31, 2016, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into so-called collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, an operation called “Crossfire Hurricane.”
That whole sordid mess was coordinated from within the Obama administration, with then-CIA Director John Brennan briefing Obama on July 28, 2016 about an alleged proposal emanating from within the Clinton campaign to “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”
Fox News was able to obtain Brennan’s handwritten notes which memorialized the briefing:
“They are investigating an alleged Russian connection with Trump, and just weeks before the investigation began, the President and Vice President, the FBI leadership, and Strzok had bene put on notice by the CIA of the fact that Hillary was going to implement a false flag operation that specifically focused on Trump and Russia,” Ty Cobb, former White House Special Counsel responsible for the Trump White House’s response to the Mueller investigation related to Fox News.
“The Strzok link to the Clinton intel is undeniable, and requires further investigation which Special Counsel Durham is likely pursuing. Perhaps the DOJ IG, Mr. Horowitz, who like Durham is someone I respect greatly, is as well.”
According to Cobb, the “plan” was serious enough that it caused Brennan to “brief the president [Obama] and national security advisor.” Then-national security advisor Susan Rice is said to have been in that July 2016 briefing.
“That is much more unusual than merely referring the matter to the FBI,” Cobb said.
Only ten days before Sussman’s visit to Baker at the FBI, Sept. 9, 2016, the CIA forwarded that information through a Counterintelligence Operational Lead (CIOL) to then-FBI Director James Comey and then Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, with the subject line: “Crossfire Hurricane,” Fox reported.
Fox News obtained and reported on the CIOL, the first news outlet to do so, which read: “The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your bureau for background investigative action or lead purposes as appropriate.”
“Per verbal request, CIA provides the below examples of information the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has gleaned to date,” the memo read. “An exchange [REDACTED] discussing US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”
That memo was heavily redacted, Fox noted.
“The memo regarding Clinton’s false Trump/Russia scheme goes to the FBI, goes specifically to Comey and Strzok—Strzok became the lead investigator for first the DOJ and later the Mueller team and hand-picked many of the other investigators,” Cobb told Fox News. “It is certain he knew, and, because he knew, it is stunning that the investigation didn’t wrap up sooner and that the final report doesn’t mention the actual undeniable genesis of the original DOJ investigation that morphed into the Mueller effort.”
“If Strzok had shared that information with Mueller, which is suspect he did not, it would have taken the investigation in a different direction and spared the nation two-plus years of press fueled divisiveness and lies,” Cobb continued.
The anti-Trump dossier meanwhile was also linked to Hillary Clinton.
During the Sussmann trial, Clinton campaign general counsel and slip-and-fall attorney Marc Elias testified that he had personally hired Fusion GPS, the opposition research team that commissioned the bogus anti-Trump dossier.
According to that dossier, it alleged coordination between Trump and the Russian government and was authored by disgraced ex-British spy Christopher Steele. That dossier was funded through the ambulance-chasing law firm Perkins Coie on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Sussmann and Elias were employed by Perkins Coie at the time.
That dossier was the basis for a series of bogus Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants obtained against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
The Steele dossier has since been widely discredited.
In May 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the baton from the FBI, however Mueller and his team completely ignored the ties between the allegations and the Clinton team.
According to former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, he told Fox News that the Mueller team could “suggest that it was outside their scope to look at the origins of the Russian collusion story.”
“However, by not highlighting that the story was created by the Clinton campaign and prompted by the Clinton campaign, it calls into question their entire investigation,” Whitaker surmised.
President Trump slammed Mueller’s team, who referred to them as “angry Democrats.”
“As a former DOJ prosecutor myself, it is clear they lost their impartiality and violated the oath we all take as prosecutors,” former chief investigator for the House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia probe, Kash Patel told Fox News.
“Not to mention, Andrew Weismann was the general counsel at the FBI. He knows how to investigate, obtain FISAs, and check the credibility of witnesses if he wanted to. He never wanted to, and hid behind the fake news media wall, who all covered for Mueller.”
Patel added, “They didn’t even need to dig, they just needed to abide by their oaths of office.”
Trump probably wasn’t too far off in his description of the Mueller team. Of 15 attorneys on the staff, at least seven had donated to Democratic candidates, including that of Clinton.
For example, James Quarles donated $2,700 to Clinton’s 2016 bid, Jeannie Rhee donated a total of $5400 to Clinton and Elizabeth Prelogar and Rush Atkinson donated smaller amounts. In addition, Mueller’s top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, along with Andrew Goldstein and Brandon Van Grack also donated to Democrats.
“Because of what appeared to be political biases, they should have had a more fulsome description as to how this investigation even came out,” Whitaker said.
“And so, it would’ve been smart on their part to cover their bases on that, but they left the door open, and, rightfully, should be criticized for not fully explaining this.”
Whitaker continued, telling Fox News it was “disappointing that the FBI had rejected these stories,” including the Alfa Bank and the secret server with the Trump Organization, as well as the dossier which the FBI initially “reviewed and rejected as legitimate.”
Yet some way, the dossier “found a home as it traveled up the hierarchy at the FBI and ultimately led to the appointment of Mueller,” Whitaker told Fox.
“It is extraordinarily disappointing and it shouldn’t happen like this,” Whitaker said.
Mueller’s probe, lasting nearly two years and costing over $30 million in taxpayer funds found zero evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
“The country has a right to know the answer to this question, ‘ How is it that after $30 million, the fact that the Clinton campaign falsely initiated the investigation was omitted from their report?” Cobb asked.
“The simple, but incomplete answer is Peter Strzok who didn’t share the information with his FBI colleagues on the investigation he initiated and approved.”
Cobb referenced the initial 2016 briefing held for Obama and his top aides.
“You don’t have to be partisan to find that scary,” Cobb said. “This needs to be pursued so a soft coup of this type can never happen again under any future administrations.”
“It’s just not going to age well,” Whitaker said.
To make matters worse, Congress got involved, led by the bug-eyed fraud from California, Adam Schiff. Both the House Permanent Select Committee, led by Schiff, as well as the Senate Intelligence Committee opened investigations into the alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.
Schiff was eventually forced to release transcripts of thousands of pages from House Intelligence Committee interviews which showed that top Obama administration officials acknowledged they had no “empirical evidence” of collusion or conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The Russia collusion hoax sidetracked the Trump administration for the first two years when they had a Republican Congress.
“This is one of the greatest political scandals in history, Trump told Fox News.
“For three years, I had to fight her off, and fight those crooked people off, and you’ll never get your reputation fully back.”
“Where do I get my reputation back? Trump asked.
Durham was tapped by then-Attorney General Bill Bar to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion hoax against the Trump campaign in 2019.
In October 2020, Barr appointed Durham as special counsel in order to make sure he could continue his investigative work irrespective of the outcome of the November 2020 election.
Durham has indicted two other individuals beside Sussmann—Igor Danchenko in November of last year, and Kevin Clinesmith in August 2020.
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