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John Durham’s Opening Salvo

Special Counsel John Durham’s indictment spells danger less for Michael Sussmann than for others referenced in it.

Special Counsel John Durham’s indictment of Democrat lawyer Michael Sussmann for making false statements to the FBI alleges in revealing and damning detail how the Trump-Russia collusion fraud was fabricated and disseminated on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. Far from being a departing valedictory, the 27-page indictment appears to be a teaser for coming attractions. It sets forth specific averments which, if true, spell out the basis for criminal charges against many of the individuals and entities referenced in the indictment.

The indictment alleges how Sussmann, a member of the law firm that was counsel to Hillary Clinton’s  2016 presidential campaign, worked in concert with others to concoct a false but “plausible” narrative that the “Trump Organization, owned by Donald J. Trump” was using a “secret channel of communications” with “a particular Russian bank (‘Russian Bank-1’).”

While Sussmann and the Clinton Campaign are identified in the indictment by name, the other participants are identified only by titles such as “Tech Executive-1,” “Campaign Lawyer-1,” Internet Company -1.” However, “Russian Bank-1” has been identified elsewhere as the Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

According to the indictment, Sussmann met with the FBI’s General Counsel in Washington at which time he delivered documents and data that purportedly demonstrated the connection between the Trump Organization and the Alfa Bank.

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