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What Happened To The Durham Investigation?

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There was a time last year when a lot of conservative hopes were pinned on John Durham. Hear tell it, he was going to jail Hillary and her campaign supremos. He was going to exonerate Donald Trump, and prove Trump right, on all charges. That would lead to a Trump election victory. The “deep state”, “new world order”, and a Dairy Queen in Florence, Alabama would all be destroyed as part of the elitist conspiracy to destroy good folk.

But then a funny thing happened, bupkis. Only a small fry or two got named and prosecuted and all the dire prognostications for Hillary and her team came to not. However, the probe continues. Jonathan Turley updates us on its progress.

 

Turley: Washington was rocked last month by the sudden indictment of Michael Sussman, former counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, for his alleged role in spreading a false Russia conspiracy theory.

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Special counsel John Durham – who is variously described as either painfully methodical or positively glacial as a prosecutor – reportedly was prompted to indict Sussman by an expiring statute of limitations. Absent such a deadline involving Sussman, it seems unlikely that Durham would have disclosed as much as he did in the indictment. The reason is that he is likely working on other possible targets. That could include the most notable figure exposed in the Sussman indictment: Jake Sullivan.

In that event, Sullivan potentially could be in the unenviable position of having to argue that he was not perjurious, just clueless, in denying knowledge of key facts to Congress. The “ignorance is bliss” defense is a favorite fallback in Washington scandals but it is less common when that person is the current national security adviser to the president of the United States.

While an indictment of Sullivan is viewed as unlikely, he popped up unexpectedly in the indictment and the national security adviser may not be done with the special counsel. If Durham is focusing on who knew or approved of the Alfa-Bank conspiracy claim in the Clinton campaign, the highest figure referenced in the indictment (and just below Hillary Clinton)  is Sullivan.

With Sussman, Durham indicted someone who he believes intentionally hid the role of the Clinton campaign in creating and pushing the Alfa-Bank scandal. In testimony to Congress, Sullivan also insisted that he did not know the Alfa Bank scandal was the work of a Clinton lawyer and people associated with the campaign. It is not clear if Durham has evidence to contradict his claim of total ignorance on the work performed by campaign counsel and campaign researchers.

Lying to Congress is neither easy nor common for prosecution, though Special Counsel Robert Mueller prosecuted figures like Roger Stone on that basis. Michael Cohen was also indicted for lying to Congress about the involvement of Donald Trump in negotiations over a Moscow real estate deal…

This brings us back to Durham’s calendar. Sullivan reportedly gave his series of denials to Congress in December 2017. The statute of limitations for lying to Congress is five years, which means that Sullivan still would be within range for Durham if the special counsel does not buy Sullivan’s denials. He could also find himself unindicted but entirely exposed in a report that is likely to be blistering.

If so, Sullivan could find himself a “fellow traveler” with Sussman – not “in this campaign effort” but in Durham’s still-unfolding prosecution effort instead.

 

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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David M Foster Jr
David M Foster Jr
11 days ago

Until I see people hang for trying to destroy America this is a waste of time and effort.

Terrell Williams
Terrell Williams
11 days ago

As we have said before

He has uncovered the masterminds behind the hoax
2 Janitors and a Maid

He is moving in and arrests will be made soon

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
11 days ago

Heard still ongoing ??

RedKnight
RedKnight
11 days ago

This again proves…. “If you are connected and support the LEFT, Socialism and stealing the voter’s money…. you will never be held accountable for your sins by the people’s Law”. But history… will remember your name and your sins. And your family will stand with you, in the history books and share your sins.

Last edited 11 days ago by RedKnight
sackwack
sackwack
11 days ago

It’s called doing an investigation the correct way. No Leaks. Not like the fake Mueller investigation. Just wait till all of the indictments are brought forward. It will be a bright, sun shining day.

Rodzzz
Rodzzz
11 days ago
Reply to  sackwack

I want to believe you wholeheartedly……..but really?

Rodzzz
Rodzzz
4 days ago
Reply to  Rodzzz

It took lifezette 7 days to approve my previous comment. Did “wholeheartedly” confuse them?

ONLYJB1
ONLYJB1
11 days ago

You can’t help but laugh at this sham investigation.

capt_J
capt_J
11 days ago

It’s just political tranquilizer, designed to keep the public calm. No big-wigs will get nailed; maybe a few little fish will pay for the crimes of their big bosses.

Dean
Dean
11 days ago

Unless and until we see perp walks televised on no less than CNN, then deep swamp corruption will not only survive, but it will thrive.