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WASHINGTON, DC- The swamp…defined by Merriam-Webster as a difficult or troublesome situation or subject. Donald Trump warned us about the swamp, and was on his way to making significant inroads on exposing and eliminating the swamp known as Washington, DC.
In yet another example of how deep the DC swamp is, Conservative Treehouse is reporting that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s legal counsel, Margaret Goodlander, is married to Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan.
That revelation in and of itself wouldn’t be a big deal under normal circumstances. However, we are hardly in normal circumstances.
Sullivan you may recall was one of the leading people behind the Russia collusion hoax, paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and which partially derailed the Trump administration for its first three years. During Clinton’s campaign, Sullivan served as her foreign policy advisor.
The revelation about Goodlander’s association with Garland’s office becomes extremely troubling (an understatement) since she is reported to be involved with overseeing special counsel John Durham’s probe into the Russia collusion “investigation.”
Part of that investigation involves Sullivan’s involvement in the collusion hoax and his likely false testimony to a Congressional subcommittee. The probe into Sullivan also involves use of the FBI as a political tool in the hoax.
The Washington Examiner reports that a number of people are calling for Goodlander to recuse herself from the Russia probe, which would seem to make sense given her husband’s involvement in the scam.
The Examiner tells us that Garland is charged with general oversight of the Durham probe in his role as attorney general. In that role, Garland’s office oversees Durham’s budget, the scope of the investigation and the release of Durham’s report.
The involvement of Goodlander raises serious questions as to how impartial Garland’s office will be in cooperating with the Durham investigation.
Sullivan’s name came up in Durham’s indictment of Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who worked for the Clinton campaign.
The indictment gave no indication that Durham was targeting Sullivan, however it is possible that Sullivan could serve as a witness in the probe in his role as Clinton’s foreign policy advisor.
Also, it is possible, according to the Free Beacon, that Durham’s investigation could expose details which might embarrass or otherwise implicate Sullivan in the scheme to undermine Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and later his administration.
According to a Justice Department spokesman, Goodlander “has no role in Mr. Durham’s investigation,” however it isn’t clear if she formally recused herself from the matter or “whether the Durham probe is outside her Justice Department portfolio,” the Free Beacon wrote.
Fox News reports Goodlander advises Garland on antitrust and international issues.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) as well as a government watchdog group, Empower Oversight say Goodlander must be formally recused from the Durham investigation in order to “maintain public trust” in the investigation.
“The Justice Department’s standing guidance calls for employees to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, especially when it comes to ongoing criminal investigations,” Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.
“It is Garland’s best interest—and he’s obligated—to be transparent about whether his department is walling off officials who have a real or even perceived conflict, just as prior administrations have done,” Grassley told the Washington Free Beacon.
Empower Oversight founder and president Jason Foster said cratering public confidence in the Justice Department makes it “critical that decisions about Special Counsel Durham’s investigation are insulated from the political biases and personal interests of senior DOJ officials.”
Continuing, he said, “It would be no imposition on [Goodlander] or AG Garland to simply recuse herself from providing any advice to him in relation to that investigation—and thus reassure the public that she will continue to have no role in the future,” Foster told the Free Beacon.
The Free Beacon said they reached out to the Justice Department to see if Goodlander had officially recused herself from the Durham probe, to which they received no response. Likewise, the White House did not respond to questions about whether Sullivan had been contacted by Durham’s investigators.
The Free Beacon reported:
As a Clinton adviser, Sullivan had contact with the campaign lawyers who commissioned the Steele dossier, the infamous British spy report that made false allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Sullivan is the Clinton adviser referenced in Durham’s indictment of cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann, a former partner at the firm Perkins Coie, is accused of lying to an FBI lawyer about his reasons for investigating suspicious computer traffic between Trump’s real estate company and Alfa Bank, a Russian bank.
Durham alleges that Sussmann said he did not have a client with interest in the information when he was in fact working for the Clinton campaign.
Sussmann’s indictment revealed that Sussmann’s former partner at Perkins Coie—Mark Elias—in September 2016 briefed Sullivan and other members of Clinton’s campaign about efforts of Perkins Coie to investigate the Alfa Bank data.
Only days before the election, Sullivan issued a statement in which he used the Alfa-Trump allegations as evidence of collusion. The FBI later debunked the allegations of links between Trump and the Russian bank.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
Elias, who was knee deep in a number of lawsuits last year in the lead up to the November presidential election, was responsible for hiring Fusion GPS, the firm which commissioned the bogus Steele dossier which was credited with initiating the Russia probe.
As part of his investigation, Durham indicted Igor Danchenko, the primary source for the dossier, on charges that he had lied to the FBI about the identity of his sources, including lying about a longtime Democratic operative, Charles Dolan not being one of his sources.
Grassley and Empower Oversight have also been pressuring the Justice Department to force another DOJ official, Susan Hennessy to recuse herself. She also pushed the false claim that Trump had colluded with Russia, and has criticized Durham’s investigation as “partisan silliness.” She serves in the national security division.
Grassley has complained that Garland, apparently focused on harassing and targeting school parents about school board meetings, has not cooperated in releasing information about his requests for information about Hennessy and other DOJ officials’ conflicts of interest.
“I’ve raised concerns about potential conflicts of several Biden Justice Department officials and can’t get a straight answer from the attorney general,” he told the Free Beacon.
For more on Sullivan’s potential perjury before Congress, we invite you to read our prior report:
WASHINGTON, DC- This past week, there was finally an indictment in the Russia collusion case.
Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, it was Michael A. Sussmann, until recently a partner at Perkins Coie, a law firm which represented the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
One factor that was overlooked is that the indictment implicates a current member of the Biden administration as having lied under oath.
GORDON: Durham Indictment In Russiagate Could Lead To Jake Sullivan https://t.co/YbIhk2i7kG
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 20, 2021
According to the Daily Mail, Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan appears to have lied under oath to investigators looking into the bogus Russia collusion case involving the 2016 presidential campaign of former President Donald Trump.
The tie to Sullivan was found inside the grand jury indictment of Sussmann where he was identified by his campaign position, the Mail said.
According to the criminal complaint, Sullivan was briefed about alleged ties between Trump and a Russian bank, Alfa Bank ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Sussmann indictment notes that he communicated w/ Clinton campaign about Alfa Bank scam, including the "foreign policy advisor." That's Jake Sullivan, who shortly after released the statement below.
Sullivan — now Biden's Nat Sec. Advisor — should be asked about what he knew. https://t.co/IIDKi1VkZh
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 19, 2021
If that indictment is accurate, and there’s no reason to believe it is not, it appears to contradict testimony made by Sullivan during testimony before Congress in 2017, in which he told lawmakers he had no knowledge of the company which led the “research” mission into the since-debunked collusion case.
The indictment of Sussmann stems from him telling FBI investigators in a September 2016 meeting that he was not acting on behalf of “any client” when he asked for a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel, wherein he warned them of “concerns” from cybersecurity researchers of possible suspicious contact between Russia and the Trump campaign.
NEW: A more in-depth look at Jake Sullivan’s role promoting the Alfa Bank story at the center of the latest John Durham case, including Sullivan pushing it pre & post 2016 election & getting a mention (“foreign policy advisor”) in the Sussmann indictment.https://t.co/LlOC8Nf6vx
— Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) September 25, 2021
In their indictment, the grand jury said that Sussmann isn’t the only one to blame for the scam and in the 27-page indictment referenced Sullivan’s involvement in attempting to trick the FBI into investigating Trump for Russian collusion.
While Sullivan isn’t referenced specifically by name, the indictment refers to Clinton’s “foreign policy advisor” (Sullivan) who communicated with Sussmann’s law partner, the slimy Marc Elias in reference to the Alfa bank allegations.
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According to RealClearInvestigations (RCI), the “foreign policy advisor” “exchanged emails with the Clinton campaign’s foreign policy adviser concerning the Russian bank allegations,” as well as other top campaign officials, according to the indictment.
Is Biden's national security advisor in Durham's crosshairs? Jake Sullivan may have broken the law in his anti-Trump efforts, writes Paul Sperry in this great new @RCInvestigates piece. https://t.co/OSeWPvZgUR
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmithDC) September 23, 2021
The outlet said sources close to the case have confirmed that adviser was indeed Sullivan. They say he (Sullivan) was briefed on the progress of developing opposition research materials which tied former President Trump to Alfa Bank, as well as being aware of the participants in the project.
Among those participants were Fusion GPS, an opposition research group that worked with the Clinton campaign to gather dirt on the Russian bank and compose the materials Elias discussed with Sullivan.
Those materials were then submitted by Sussmann to the FBI. Sources also say that Fusion GPS researchers were in regular contact with both Sussmann and Elias about the project in the summer and fall of 2016.
Sullivan and Elias also directly met, where Elias briefed him on Fusion GPS’s opposition research, the sources revealed.
In his 2017 testimony Sullivan denied knowing of Fusion’s involvement in the Alfa Bank opposition research.
During the same closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Sullivan also denied knowing anything about Fusion in 2016 or who was conducting the opposition research. The Sussmann indictment appears to show that Sullivan lied during that testimony.
“Marc [Elias]…would occasionally give us updates on the opposition research they were conducting, but I didn’t know what the nature of that effort was—inside effort, outside effort, who was funding it, who was doing it, anything like that,” Sullivan testified.
This was in response to a question about whether or not Sullivan had seen the [Steele] Dossier, which served as a basis for the FBI’s investigation into so-called Russia collusion.
Sullivan also denied knowing that Perkins Coie was working for the Clinton campaign until October 2017, when it was reported in the media. Sullivan even tried to claim that he didn’t know that Elias was working for Perkins Coie, a well-known Democrat-connected law firm.
That was despite the fact that major media outlets routinely referred to Elias as “general counsel for the Clinton campaign” and “a partner at Perkins Coie” throughout 2016.
“To be honest with you, Marc [Elias] wears a tremendous number of hats, so I wasn’t sure who he was representing,” Sullivan testified under oath. “I sort of thought he was, you know, just talking to us as, you know, a fellow traveler—in this campaign effort.”
In speaking to the opposition research, Sullivan claimed “They didn’t do something with it,” when in truth they used the research to launch the collusion investigation at the FBI, while also dropping a number of stories to the Washington media, which Elias mentioned in emails.
Lying to Congress is a felony, however as we routinely see, it is rarely prosecuted, although former Special Counsel Robert Mueller achieved convictions of two Trump associates on that very charge.
RCI said they reached out to Sullivan’s attorney, who did not respond to questions, and said a spokesperson for the National Security Council declined comment.
They noted that even after the 2016 election, Sullivan continued to work in an effort to undermine Trump, with no fewer than three internet companies and two university computer researchers who used nonpublic internet data in an effort to derive “derogatory information on Trump,” Sussmann’s indictment read.
Prosecutors said that operation continued until at least February 2017, when Sullivan met with someone else who was central in the attempt to smear Trump, this time at the FBI.
This was done in an attempt to compel FBI agents to continue the investigation into the dossier in order to keep the Trump presidency “under an ethical cloud,’ RCI said.
On Feb. 10, 2017, Sullivan met with two Fusion GPS operatives, along with their partner Daniel Jones, a former FBI analyst and Democratic staffer in order to continue the narrative that Trump was basically an agent of Putin.
RCI initially reported the meeting, which lasted around an hour and took place in a Washington, DC office building, which also included former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
That meeting involved a plan to raise money for the purposes of financing a multimillion-dollar opposition research project spearheaded by Jones to attack Trump. Basically, the new operation run by Jones would take the place of the Clinton campaign’s smear campaign.
While it wasn’t clear if Sussmann attended the Feb 10 meeting, he was still apparently involved with the operation, along with a crew of data miners.
Just one day before the meeting attended by Sullivan, Sussmann traveled to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia to tell the false tale of a secret server, meeting with top CIA officials, according to sources familiar with Durham’s probe.
That meeting, which lasted around 90 minutes saw Sussmann provide officials “updated” documents and data he has provided to the FBI prior to the election.
On March 28, 2017, Jones met with the FBI in order to pass “fresh” leads he and a team of cyber researchers had discovered about the Alfa Bank server and Trump, with the FBI investigating the new leads after having closed their investigation a month earlier.
That very month, then FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau was now investigating possible “coordination” between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Despite all of those efforts, the FBI debunked the allegations involving Alfa Bank, with agents finding the email server in question wasn’t controlled by the Trump organization, a point confirmed by Mueller in 2019 testimony. “It wasn’t true,” he said.
In fact the so-called “secret server” was in fact housed in a small Pennsylvania town, not in Trump Tower in New York, and was operated by a Florida marketing firm called Cendyn, which spams emails promoting numerous hotel chains; in other words that third-party server spammed Alfa Bank employees who used Trump hotels.
“The FBI’s investigation revealed that the email server at issue was not owned or operated by the Trump organization, but rather had been administered by a mass-marketing email company that sent advertisements for Trump hotels and hundreds of other clients,” Durham wrote in his indictment.
That mattered little, as both Jones and Sullivan continued promoting the hoax as truth. In 2017, assisted by Sullivan and Podesta, Jones launched a nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP), and raised some $7 million primarily seeded by Silicon Valley tech executives.
That organization hired computer researchers, including Fusion GPS opposition researchers and Christopher Steele, he of the debunked “Steele dossier” in order to “prove” the rumors contained in the bogus dossier.
TDIP fed information to friendly media outlets, as well as leading Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as the FBI. Jones previously worked on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had initiated an investigation into Trump and Russia.
Rewinding back to 2016 during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the CIA intercepted Russian chatter about a “Clinton foreign policy adviser who was trying to develop allegations to ‘vilify’ Trump,” with the intercepts noting that Hillary Clinton approved a scheme to “stir up a scandal” against Donald Trump by tying him to Putin.
In fact, according to handwritten notes, then CIA director John Brennan warned President Obama that Russia had intercepted intel about the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump.”
During that summer, Brennan briefed Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Alfa Bank-Trump server rumors, congressional reports read. That led Reid to write come demanding the FBI step up its investigation of Trump’s ties to Moscow.
During the DNC, Sullivan was a very busy boy, utilizing a golf cart to drive from network tent to network tent, convincing producers and anchors to investigate the story that Trump was conspiring with Russia to steal the 2016 election; all the major networks—CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Chris Wallace of Fox News all gave Sullivan airtime to spin the bogus Russia collusion stories.
Here is Jake Sullivan on CNN peddling the Alfa Bank hoax, a key portion of the Russiagate conspiracy theory
He is now Biden’s national security advisor pic.twitter.com/yIeevvRjJC
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 17, 2021
On the eve of the 2016 election, Sullivan produced a written campaign statement that Trump and the Russians had set up a “secret hotline” through Alfa Bank,” and suggested “federal authorities” were investigating “this direct connection between Trump and Russia.”
He attempted to show the discovery was the result of work by “independent experts—‘computer scientists’—without disclosing their attachment to the campaign,” RCI said.
Sullivan was up to his eyeballs in the Russia collusion hoax. He clearly lied in his congressional testimony in 2017. The penalty for lying to Congress is up to five years in prison. Let’s wait and see if he’s held to account.
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