John Durham Reportedly Seeking Indictment of Lawyer From Steele Dossier-Linked Law Firm

John Durham Reportedly Seeking Indictment of Lawyer From Steele Dossier-Linked Law Firm
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At long last there’s some promising news coming out of Special Counsel John Durham’s Russia origins probe.

Durham’s probe has been going on since the end of 2019, and many optimistically (and wrongly) expected his “Durham report” to be out before the 2020 election. Just last month a group of 44 Republican Senators demanded the report be made public once it’s made public following a report that it would be finished in “coming months.”

While an exact date of completion remains a mystery, indictments are reportedly on the way.

According to Fox News:

Special Counsel John Durham could be days – if not hours – from taking his case to a grand jury against a cybersecurity attorney for allegedly providing a false statement to the FBI.

Durham is zeroing in on a Sept. 19, 2016, conversation between the lawyer, Michael Sussmann, and an FBI employee, a source said. The statute of limitations expires this weekend and questions remain on whether he will have funding to continue his investigation past the end of the government’s fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Durham has yet to submit an official report to the Justice Department, but portions are expected to include unfavorable information about the FBI, two sources told Fox News. Durham has cast his net wide and is apparently looking at individuals outside of government, they said.

Durham’s review has led to one prosecution thus far and has stretched longer than the two-year tenure of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Wall Street Journal pointed out last month.

Susman is a partner at Perkins Coie, the law firm heavily relied upon by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Perkins Coie also has ties to Fusion GPS, the firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele, the man behind the discredited “Steele dossier” that compiled fictitious connections between Trump and the Russians.

The specific statement Sussman made to the FBI under question is in regards to a client’s identity from when he allegedly advanced bogus claims about mythical secret communications between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank before the 2016 election. It was during a meeting with former FBI Counsel James Baker in 2016 that Sussmann allegedly “relayed data and analysis from cybersecurity researchers who claimed that odd internet data was evidence of back-channel communications.”

Sussmann allegedly claimed to be representing a cybersecurity expert during the meeting, but investigators are now probing if he was secretly working for the Clinton campaign while making those bogus claims.

Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George SorosDumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate

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