Earlier this month, special prosecutor John Durham emerged from the shadows to charge a lawyer for a noted Democratic law firm with a potential crime in relation to his investigation into the origins of the so-called “Russiagate” investigation of then-GOP nominee Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Many Americans who once followed his probe had long since written it off because they hadn’t heard anything out of him for months after then-Attorney General William Barr appointed him to his current status.
Durham indicted former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann for “lying to federal investigators at a meeting in September 2016, in which he gave FBI agents data that he claimed showed a link between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank in Russia,” Newsmax reported.
Now, he’s announced new subpoenas in the case, which could lead to new indictments.
“These subpoenas seek documents from Sussmann’s former law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee at the time,” the network continued.
“The firm also hired the research company that hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele on behalf of the Clinton campaign.”
Ken White, a former prosecutor who now defends white-collar suspects in Los Angeles, questioned why Durham used a speaking indictment, which is a longer, more detailed indictment that mentions allegations about a suspect’s political motivations as well as alleged conduct of people who have yet to be charged.
“There are two ways to take it: The way charitable and favorable to Durham is this is basically making a case for this being material,” he said, according to Newsmax.
“The less charitable interpretation is, this is Durham doing what he’s going to do, basically making his pitch for [former President Donald] Trump as a victim,” he added.
The New York Times reported on Sussman’s charges earlier this month.
“Donald J. Trump and his supporters have long accused Democrats and Perkins Coie — whose political law group, a division separate from Mr. Sussmann’s, represented the party and the Hillary Clinton campaign — of seeking to stoke unfair suspicions about Mr. Trump’s purported ties to Russia,” the Times reported.
“The case against Mr. Sussmann centers on the question of who his client was when he conveyed certain suspicions about Mr. Trump and Russia to the F.B.I. in September 2016. Among other things, investigators have examined whether Mr. Sussmann was secretly working for the Clinton campaign — which he denies.”