Last week, we reported  that Special Counsel John Durham had indicted the former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI during the early stages of his investigation into the handling of the Trump-Russia probe.
Now, former Department of Justice Chief of Staff Kash Patel is revealing the major theory that he’s come up with in the wake of this development. Patel explained that the probe into the Clinton campaign is developing a “very well laid-out conspiracy charge” against those involved.
“I was the lead investigator for [House Homeland Security Committee] Chairman Devin Nunes, driving the Russia investigation on Capitol Hill, and I was actually the staffer that took the deposition that cited Durham’s indictment, so, I’m intimately familiar with this,” Patel said.
“[Michael] Sussman is the centerpiece for these allegations because he ties the Hillary Clinton campaign to Fusion GPS to Christopher Steele to the Department of Justice and the false information they fed to the FBI and DOJ to spy on the presidential campaign,” he continued.
“It’s exactly the heart of the matter being a former federal prosecutor. It’s a 27-page indictment for a lying count that you normally have about five pages to discuss. It is a very well laid-out conspiracy charge that outlines other figures involved that I just mentioned,” Patel concluded.
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This comes after Sussman was hit with a single felony count of making a false statement during a September 2016 meeting with FBI General Counsel James Baker. Durham’s team alleges that he lied by denying that he was representing any client, telling the FBI about digital evidence that allegedly linked computers in Trump Tower to Russia’s Alfa Bank.
“During the meeting, Sussmann lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI,” the indictment stated, according to NBC News . “Specifically, Sussmann stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations ‘for any client,’ which led the FBI General Counsel to understand that Sussmann was acting as a good citizen merely passing along information, not as a paid advocate or political operative.”
“In fact, Sussmann acted on behalf of specific clients, namely a U.S. Technology Industry Executive, a U.S. Internet Company and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign,” it added, going on to say that the lie was material because it misled the FBI “about the political nature of his work.”
Sussman’s lawyers have denied that he ever made these statements. It will undoubtedly be interesting to see how this all plays out.