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Russiagate’s Comeuppance Begins! Democratic Party Lawyer Indicted by Durham Grand Jury

Sept. 16, 2021 (EIRNS)—Apparently U.S. Attorney John Durham is alive!

A lawyer working at Perkins Coie—the law firm that represented Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign—has been indicted by a grand jury empaneled by John Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration to look into the Russiagate investigation. Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie who represented the Democratic National Committee on the issue of its alleged 2016 hacking by Russia, had approached the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016, to present ostensible evidence of collusion between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. Sussmann lied at the time, telling the FBI that he was not approaching them with this evidence on behalf of a client, but purely on his own initiative, as a good citizen who had come into the possession of information about foreign interference into the election.

The 27-page indictment paints a compelling picture that Sussmann had coordinated his approach to the FBI with an unnamed tech executive and with the Clinton campaign itself, spending hours preparing for the meeting, and billing those hours to the Clinton campaign, and later to a tech executive, who “exploited his access to non-public data at multiple Internet companies to conduct opposition research concerning Trump.”

The entire story was a hoax, and the indictment quotes from emails that make it clear that the narrative was a constructed fraud, designed to fool top security researchers into appearing plausible, even if not conclusive. One of the participants in the alleged plot had earlier warned that the evidence was so full of holes that it would reveal more about their feelings about Trump than any wrongdoing: “The only thing that drive[s] us at this point is that we just do not like [Trump]. This will not fly in eyes of public scrutiny.”

Perkins Coie had hired CrowdStrike to make up evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC computers. And it hired Fusion GPS to produce the risible “Steele Dossier,” including the absurd allegation that Trump had paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed once used by Obama. With Durham’s indictment, one of its concoctions has finally met with legal action, rather than unquestioning coverage from the legacy media.

This indictment comes just days before the five-year statute of limitations runs out.

Will it be the beginning of a series of indictments?

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