Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, June 7, 2022
Given the jury pool that was available in the Washington, D.C. Swamp, it was no great shock that Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann was acquitted of lying to the FBI.
But while Special Counsel John Durham’s team did not get a conviction, it did reveal a number of significant details of the scope of the Clinton campaign’s Russiagate plot, The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland noted in a June 6 analysis.
Cleveland pointed to some of the key takeaways from the Sussmann trial:
The Alfa Bank scheme: The evidence revealed not just that the Alfa Bank theory was wrong, but that those pushing it knew or should have known it was a hoax. And many individuals were involved in both the crafting and peddling of the hoax. Those who pushed the hoax included Hillary Clinton, Sussmann, tech executive Rodney Joffe, and Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias.
Hillary Clinton green-lighted Alfa Bank hoax to the media: The bottom line proven during the Sussmann trial was that Hillary Clinton both paid for and personally okayed her campaign minions giving the press the fake story about a Trump-Russia secret communication network. Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified that Clinton personally green-lighted the pushing of that Alfa Bank hoax, and Sussmann’s acquittal cannot erase that fact.
Clinton’s campaign abused attorney-client privilege: Clinton’s full involvement in the Russia collusion hoax, either directly or through her various Perkins Coie and Fusion GPS agents, remains shrouded from view, in part, because of the twice failed presidential candidate’s abuse of the attorney-client privilege. The Sussmann trial exposed this reality when prosecutors moved for access to 38 documents of some 1,500 withheld from the grand jury based on claims of attorney-client privilege. The court in the Sussmann case ruled that the Clinton campaign had improperly secreted numerous documents from prosecutors, and ordered Fusion GPS to turn the unprotected material over to the special counsel. But the court’s order only addressed the wrongly withheld documents from the batch of 38 at issue. The court did not rule on how many of the approximately 1,500 remaining documents had likewise been withheld based on a misplaced reliance on attorney-client privilege.
The Yota phone hoax: Sussmann told the CIA that the DNS data “indicat[ed] that a Russian-made Yota-phone had been seen by [Sussmann’s contacts] connecting to the WiFi from the Trump Tower in New York, as well as a from a location in Michigan, at the same time that then-candidate Trump was believed to be at these locations.” But the special counsel’s investigation revealed that Joffe and his crew had obtained more complete data about the Yota phones and that data showed “the DNS lookups involving the EOP began at least as early as 2014,” meaning before Trump came on the scene. The data provided to the CIA, however, omitted those DNS lookups from the material given to the CIA, misleading the agency.
Rodney Joffe’s shady involvement: In addition to working on the Alfa Bank hoax, Joffe took a lead role in devising the Yota phone conspiracy theory. Sussmann purportedly went to the CIA on Joffe’s behalf, albeit without naming Joffe as the client behind the “intel.” To cull the Yota phone data, Joffe also exploited his access to the data of the Executive Office of the President and pressured other cyber-experts to mine proprietary information to frame Trump. A second significant revelation came during trial, when witnesses testified that Joffe had served as a confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI during the relevant time period and until 2021, when he was terminated. Although Joffe was a CHS, instead of presenting his handler the supposedly suspicious Alfa Bank data, he used Sussmann to feed it to the upper echelons of the FBI. Joffe remains a subject of investigation and there are still crimes for which the statute of limitations has yet to expire.
The FBI is right at home in the Swamp: Top former FBI officials James Baker and Bill Priestap showed no interest in assisting the government in its prosecution of Sussmann. And these are just those who testified at Sussmann’s trial. The Crossfire Hurricane team, up to and including its leaders—then-FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andy McCabe—as well as many of the FBI agents working for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller likewise proved themselves not out to find the truth, but out to get Trump. The Sussmann trial revealed the FBI still belongs to The Swamp.
The legacy media swims in the Swamp: Emails exchanged between Fusion GPS’s co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch exposed the symbiotic relationship between the Clinton campaign and reporters working for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, ABC News, Reuters, and more. Seeing the tag-team effort to destroy Trump in the black-and-white of emails provided indisputable proof of the corruption of the supposed standard-bearers of journalism. If those emails weren’t enough, the corrupt media’s failure to cover the Sussmann trial until his acquittal provides a repeat of the lesson, teaching Americans that journalistic integrity no longer exists at major corporate outlets.