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Episode 15: The Durham Indictment

On Thursday September 16 2011 Special Counsel John Durham announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Michael A. Sussmann, 57, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, with making a false statement to the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016.

The charge in the indictment stems from a set of allegations brought by Sussmann to the FBI related to an alleged secret channel of communications between the Trump Organization and the Russian bank Alfa Bank.

The next day Sussmann pled not guilty to the charge and was granted $100,000 bond with travel restrictions. Alleged in the indictment is that on Sept. 19, 2016, Sussmann, a Partner with Hillary Clinton’s Perkins and Coie, met with the FBI General Counsel at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Sussmann had requested the meeting to provide the General Counsel with certain data files and “white papers” that allegedly demonstrated covert communications between Trump and Alfa bank. Subsequent to the indictment Sussmann resigned from Perkins.

Sussmann, who had previously represented the DNC in connection with a cyber hack, falsely stated to the General Counsel that he was not bringing these allegations to the FBI on behalf of any client. This lie led the General Counsel to understand that Sussmann was providing information as a good citizen rather than a paid advocate or political operative.

In fact, Sussmann brought the allegations to the FBI on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Durham alleges that starting in July 2016, Sussman worked with a tech firm, rumored to be Google, and one of it’s executives, rumored to be former CEO Eric Schmidt, to assemble the data. Widely alleged to lead the effort was the spy firm Fusion GPS, and its Human Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele.

This resulted in the production of the now infamous and bogus Steele Dossier.

The dossier was ultimately provided to the media as well as the FBI.

Neither Schmidt nor Steele were mentioned in the indictment.

Schmidt is alleged to have accessed non-public data working with other tech companies and a university investigating the Hillary Clinton email hack.

The indictment alleges that the data was mined to to tie Trump to Russia, and influence the narrative of the 2020 election and thus please certain VIPs, assumed to include Hillary Clinton and her campaign.

It’s alleged that Sussman’s false statements to the FBI hindered their abilities to uncover the identities and motivations of Sussman’s actual clients, subsequently shown to be Clinton and her associates.

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  • This is a great documentation of the situation at hand. Thank you for bring this to us Mr. Sandini.

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