Durham has already won the trial…

Posted by Kane on May 17, 2022 2:16 am

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SOURCE — Kim Strassel WSJ

 

 

Special Counsel John Durham steps into court Monday with the first trial of his probe into Democrats’ Russia-collusion hoax. That’s a formality. Mr. Durham has already won.

 

Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann stands accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by claiming the dirt on Donald Trump he fed to the FBI wasn’t delivered on behalf of “any client.” Mr. Sussmann was in the pay of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee and worked extensively with outside players and the media to produce the collusion narrative as well as documents that stoked FBI probes of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, according to Durham filings. Mr. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty.

 

Commentators spent last week warring over whether Judge Christopher Cooper’s rulings on the use of evidence would help or hinder Mr. Durham’s case. It doesn’t much matter. Mr. Durham has already accomplished his far bigger goal with this narrow indictment. He’s put every sleazy collusion player in the hot seat, with ramifications beyond the courtroom.

 

From the day the special counsel released the 27-page Sussmann indictment in September (and the follow-on charges against dossier contributor Igor Danchenko), it’s been clear he had ambitions that went far beyond a conviction for lying. Each of his filings follows the same, deliberate strategy—lengthy briefs and long exhibits full of names, emails and documents, all of which connect the dots and expose the web that enabled this hoax, and the lies that kept it hidden.

 

Democratic superlawyer Marc Elias isn’t charged, but he also no longer heads the elite political-law practice at Perkins Coie. The firm last August announced Mr. Elias, who’d been there 28 years, was leaving to start his own small practice. A few weeks later, the Sussmann indictment laid bare the role Mr. Elias, a longtime DNC and Clinton lawyer, played in ginning up and distributing the bogus Trump-Russia claims.

 

Christopher Steele, author of the infamous dossier, once lauded by the press as an international superspy, is now a man in search of a reputation. His dossier’s “intelligence,” Mr. Durham’s documents show, came primarily from a Brookings Institution employee, Mr. Danchenko, who was recycling salacious chatter from a Clinton associate. Whatever work Mr. Steele may find in future, it won’t include assisting the FBI or any other respectable agency.

 

Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele, has become toxic in Washington. The Durham prosecutions show how the opposition-research firm operates—not by producing real research, but by shopping seamy claims to law enforcement, then browbeating journalists into covering the “investigations” Fusion inspires. (Fusion in court filings says its job was to help Perkins Coie with legal advice—a claim the judge largely rejected Thursday.) The Washington press corps knows it got played—and how. A recent Durham filing released dozens of emails showing reporters at top outlets palling it up with their Fusion narrators, with one Slate writer even sending a draft October 2016 article for Fusion to review. Is the DNC going to hire Fusion anytime soon? Even credulous reporters will think twice before running with another Fusion lead.

 

Mrs. Clinton won’t be in the courtroom, but the campaign’s claims it was in the dark about the Perkins Coie and Fusion work are in ashes. Mr. Durham’s evidence shows top Clinton aides—including campaign manager Robby Mook—were apprised of allegations and helped circulate them. Also among the circulators was current national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who faces calls to resign given his role.

 

Then there’s James Comey’s FBI. One downside of the Durham “lying” strategy is that it requires prosecutors to present the FBI as dupes of the Clinton operation. Yet amusingly, this has lured the defense into providing evidence of FBI rot. Mr. Sussmann’s lawyers will argue at trial that their client can’t be found guilty of lying to the FBI, since “they have reviewed more than 300 emails that show the bureau understood Sussmann worked for Democratic campaign entities,” as the Washington Post reports.

 

The FBI knew all along and ran with unvetted political dirt, even if Mr. Sussmann’s alleged lie allowed it to pretend it was aboveboard. And as the Durham evidence shows, it went on pretending, failing to follow up on Mr. Steele, the dossier or its Clinton origins until long after the election (at which point special counsel Robert Mueller failed to follow up on the FBI for nearly two years more). Most of the FBI’s former leaders have been fired or left, its reputation is in tatters, and the GOP will dig further if it regains Congress this fall.

 

Many conservatives remain frustrated that Mr. Durham hasn’t pursued far more sweeping conspiracy charges. But conspiracy cases are hard to prove. A sweeping prosecution of high-name figures would cause a political feeding frenzy, and be proclaimed by the media a partisan exercise. A court loss would make it easier for the press to cast the entire effort as debunked.

 

The narrow prosecution of the little-known Mr. Sussmann has allowed for a focus on the bigger story. Stay tuned for a flood of more information coming out of a trial that on its face is about one lawyer, but in reality is the continuing tale of one of the dirtiest tricks in modern U.S. history.

 

 

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jack
jack

I want to believe. I will believe when I see it an watch these f_ckers hang. fr Texas.

Roy Batty
Roy Batty

With this judge? Durham’s already LOST! The judge has a clear conflict of interest and Durham hasn’t asked him to recuse. Hell, Sussman will probably win a monetary award from the government.

Garden Zipper
Garden Zipper

The jury is full of BLM thugs as well.

Tom Terrific
Tom Terrific

One big YAWN fest. Wake me when someone flips or gets perp walked.

Mr Wolfie
Mr Wolfie

He who squeals,deals.

Fake mexican
Fake mexican

Kimberly Strassel makes me hot. Oh, and she is a great journalist too.

Rey Naldo
Rey Naldo

I think she’s got Gingivitis though, that’s a deal breaker for me.

SaraHomemaker
SaraHomemaker

I presume Sussman is going to get a slap on the wrist at trial and a pat on the back at sentencing. He is in the Club, unless the Judge recuses himself. But fat chance to that too.

Supreme Leader Joe Biden
Supreme Leader Joe Biden

When will ringleaders Barack, Hillary and Joe be charged?

Steven MqCween
Steven MqCween

Sound and fury signifying notion.

Will Willis
Will Willis

DURHAM’S , got um by the balls…..

SteelyDan
SteelyDan

Come on now, you write that the FBI was fully aware this was a Clinton disinformation campaign/frame up, but you give the press a pass when you write: “Washington press corps knows it got played.” Look, the MSM knew full well this story was baloney. If I knew, they knew, and they ran with it anyway.

Dorthy
Dorthy

Defend the fbi

Royw 07
Royw 07

Defund and Disband the FBI. It is a Criminal Cartel for at least the last 50 years! Their crimes are just now coming to light more quickly than back in the ‘60’s!

patriotinCalif
patriotinCalif

I’m waiting for the movie.

TallBlackHorse
TallBlackHorse

I still waiting to find out what happened to J. Edgar Hoover.

Peyton Harvey
Peyton Harvey

Another do nothing from Bull Durham…..

Natalia
Natalia

Won’t you be surprised.

Tipi Rick
Tipi Rick

“Whatever work Mr. Steele may find in future, it won’t include assisting the FBI or any other respectable agency.” The FBI completely lost respect via supporting Steele. They are golden in their own minds, trash in the public’s well founded opinion.

Peter
Peter

Watch as no one person will be held accountable. The most will be some whole entity will profess guilt but under special circumstance and everyone will skate. i.e. FBI

Marthamydear
Marthamydear

Ridiculous. This article is a sop to us peasants. There is no justice in the DOJ. The defendants may be indicted by Durham but none of these criminals will be going to jail. Clinton is still being interviewed about how her election was stolen, as though none of this nefarious activity that she engineered ever happened. “Marc Elias is disgraced.” Really? So how come he still has a law licence and is opening a new firm? The FBI’s “reputation is in tatters.” So? The Democrats won’t compel a reform of the leadership. That would be a poor way to pay back their praetorian guard. And since they have spent years investigating republicans in office they have their ace in the hole. None of these criminals are worried.

Steve
Steve

Yep. They carried out a coup d’etat against an elected President and then stole the election. But, hey, we won the moral victory. Sorry, not good enough. These people are seditionists and traitors.

William
William

Dump voting machines and the drop boxes. Trump 2024.
Send the RHINOs packing. The most important thing is every US citizen that loves this country needs to stand guard at the next election. Biden and all the lawyers behind the curtain should be escorted out of the White House. Trump would be swinging in a jail cell by now if it were the other way around. 2000 Mules +

Mike
Mike

Dirty filthy lying Democrat/Rino corrupt communist socialist racists…oh, and also FBI and DOJ….

Wcinva
Wcinva

You’re last phrase is a redundancy.

Wayne
Wayne

I know I know, it’s “your”.

Righton
Righton

Mueller vacuumed up all the evidence and destroyed it. Barr was the fixer known in circles as “the bondo man”. Durham was hired to be the ” Painter”. It’s as good as new now with no evidence of a coverup. We citizens are in an abusive relationship with our government. SD

HisDoulos
HisDoulos

That is why it has to be Trump in 2024, this time he will not f around, everybody in every agency is FIRED!

Deplorable
Deplorable

The only way I’ll regain any patriotic feelings toward this country again is when the SWAT team shows up at 7AM at the bag ladies front door

b4me
b4me

The country isnt at fault so why are you choosing to lessen your patriotism? People are at fault, dont blame and the country. Your mindset and intentions are super important in midst of spiritual war. God bless & protect America & all those who love her

Captain Reynolds
Captain Reynolds

Unless this causes Democrats to start being led away in handcuffs, this is just a dog and pony show.

Nobody You Know
Nobody You Know

Too little, too late

Jean Michele
Jean Michele

Will this trial bring justice? It is dubious, IMHO.
The Clintons both are in poor health and elderly. They will be dead soon. Not soon enough, but soon. That will be a day worth celebrating, plus history will not be kind to them. There will be justice, not what we deserve to see, but there will be God’s justice as they burn in hell for all eternity.

truth time
truth time

They’ve been grooming the cunt daughter to take over their criminal enterprise and invade the political world. They will never stop until stopped. They all need to be put in prison and 100% of estate assets forfeited.

Perlee Gaits
Perlee Gaits

Nesara/Gesara.

ANNIEe
ANNIEe

Lets see if Sussman rolls or gets another hand slap.

John F
John F

Well if Sussman gets convicted after all of his stall tactics I hope and pray he does his lousy 1 year sentence in a real prison, not the usual Club Fed for white collar crime. 1 year sentence is a slap in the face to Americans, especially Jan 6 prisoners.

Natalia
Natalia

Does anyone understand that this was a conspiracy against the President of the United States? The charges in the end will be Treason. All of the perps are tied together.

Greg
Greg

I am so NOT impressed by John Durham. All he has come up with was at least for me, was what I already knew. The FBI is still in it’s dishonest business, sending SWAT teams to harass and intimidate innocent parents whose only crime was to try to hold school boards accountable. Mark my words, if by some unforeseen circumstance a Republican wins the Presidency again the Donald Trump witch hunt will start all over again.

Realist
Realist

It took five years for the “Russia collusion hoax” to fall apart.
How long will it take for the “2020 election fraud” to fall apart? The facts are out there for all to see.

Obviously
Obviously

It took them 2-3 years to fabricate the Russian hoax, looking for anything they could pin on Trump, but failed because there was nothing. With 2020 election, the evidence abounds and very little has been done with it. The corruption at every level in this country has become obvious.

Analog Man
Analog Man

Yeah. The ring leaders aren’t in jail nor are they even pursued. This injustice is not nearly comensurate to the crimes. Treasonous crimes.

Zman
Zman

“Many conservatives remain frustrated that Mr. Durham hasn’t pursued far more sweeping conspiracy charges. But conspiracy cases are hard to prove. A sweeping prosecution of high-name figures would cause a political feeding frenzy, and be proclaimed by the media a partisan exercise. A court loss would make it easier for the press to cast the entire effort as debunked.”

Cowards. Once again our side minimizes the crimes of the other side. Once again when there’s a story of a Republican scandal, all Republicans are publicly humiliated for months and years, with other Republicans forced to denounce other Republicans, but when Democrats have a scandal the dominant narrative is about how Republicans react to the story.

effyew
effyew

Whatever work Mr. Steele may find in future, it won’t include assisting the FBI or any other respectable agency.

Might want to rethink lumping the FBI into the respectable category.

As Mr. Durham is proving the biggest purveyor of disinformation is the left-wing media, Washington DC, and the DNC. I know that is very redundant since the differences/separation are indistinguishable.

ANNIEe
ANNIEe

Throw out British ‘intelligence’ they are our enemies trying to run their former empire through us

TallBlackHorse
TallBlackHorse

The FBI should not be used in a sentence next to “respectable agency”.

Sheepdog, Fellow Emeritus, FJB Institute
Sheepdog, Fellow Emeritus, FJB Institute

The Dominioon/Smartmatic machines are being programmed right now to manufacture the biggest cheat in history…..because they got away with it in 2020.
The MSM will facilitate it gleefully.

FJB

TrueTexas
TrueTexas

Prediction: Sussmann will not lose his law license, will not go to jail, will get a short probation term and maybe a fine, and will not roll over on anyone because he will be coming out of it all virtually unscathed. In a year or so he will be right back to where he was before he was indicted.

Analog Man
Analog Man

Truth.

Ray Van Dune
Ray Van Dune

This is as unsatisfying as determining the Victor in a basketball game based on which team has the least fouls! Yes, all these crooks will be humiliated… well, at least they would be, if they were capable of being so!

TrueTexas
TrueTexas

Wonder who will have been treated the worst when this plays out – Sussmann or General Flynn?

Rife Wit Red Herrings
Rife Wit Red Herrings

It’s a game…Trust NO MAN to lead a pure and righteous land; and trust NO MAN to administer justice to OUR satisfaction. Read John 8:44…

Watchman
Watchman

Who is going to commit suicide next or mysteriously die?

ANNIEe
ANNIEe

Clinton victims commit suicide in a wilderness area or empty park

Obie
Obie

or a jail cell where the guards are sleeping and the cameras were off.

Company Man
Company Man

Propose the FBI be renamed to the Pinkertons..

JMajic
JMajic

The Clinton Crime Family will skate again. Like the Corleones they insulate themselves like the crafty scum they are. Could a miracle occur here?

Strangerthnfiction
Strangerthnfiction

Yea on the miracle

Kissmyattitude
Kissmyattitude

How can you say he’s already won when Killery is walking around free????

Dr ducktape
Dr ducktape

The lawyer who falsified evidence to the court to get a warrant, didn’t even loose his law license. That tells you all you need to know about how this story ends. The media will bury the story faster than Hunter takings a hit off his crack pipe.

LibertyBelle
LibertyBelle

He will lose his law license when this is all said and done. He will lose everything when the civil and criminal penalty fines are put upon him for the costs his lies cost the taxpayers.

Ray Van Dune
Ray Van Dune

Since the trial will be held in DC, the best we dare hope for is that he will get a slap on the wrist, rather than a complete jury nullification leading to a not-guilty verdict, which is more likely!

Ron Reality
Ron Reality

“Whatever work Mr. Steele may find in future, it won’t include assisting the FBI or any other respectable agency.“

The FBI is no longer viewed as a respectable agency … it is nothing more than a private police force working for the benefit on the Democrat Party.

The FBI IS RANCID.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

We’ll said!

mdbuilder
mdbuilder

It was pretty dirty but comes in a weak second the way I see it.

LibertyBelle
LibertyBelle

I think this is a strategic move by Durham. Get the small tip on the iceberg, then go after what’s underneath the water. You need one for-conspirator convicted before you can go after others for conspiracy. He may change his plea at the last minute in a deal for a lighter sentence if he rats out the others.

Ray Van Dune
Ray Van Dune

What’s a lighter sentence than “Not Guilty”?!

mw
mw

Simply forcing a resignation here or there, and having the convicted get an even higher paying job in the future is no win. Imprisonment is ass-pounding Federal Prison is a win. Anything less is a humiliating loss considering the criminals overthrew the US Government.

RunnyGooseSquat
RunnyGooseSquat

Yeah they were the Real Insurrecttionist.

Just Me
Just Me

Heads need to roll, from the very top, yes hildabeast I mean you, all the way down to the one who turned off the lights. This was treason in every real sense of the word.

We need RICO
We need RICO

We need RICO to hang Obama, Clinton and their gang team members at the top.

RICO laws were designed specifically to he able to hang the heads of the Mafia bosses at the top.

Every dog has his day. Putin received his death sentence of Capital Punishment, a very long, painfull death by Blood Cancer and the heads of the Washington DC Mafia, will all have their day too.

Stay tuned, the best is yet to come, the head the Washington Mafia, Top Boss, are saved for last.

Ray Van Dune
Ray Van Dune

RICO is fundamentally about convicting the big guy that ordered the hit, instead of the little guy that pulled the trigger. But if you you just slap the little guy on the wrist, you got no RICO!

Grant
Grant

The ambulances are rushing to NYC and DC. Long suicides.

Hoosier Daddy
Hoosier Daddy

Arkincide will be popular amongst these victims. Hope they have their arraignments in order.