Motion and emotion make eyes flutter wide open, stultifying inaction and bloodless narratives make eyelids droop. The 30-month probe into the roots of the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation has elicited little but yawns, but that is changing. New revelations are emerging that could ultimately expose the shadowy forces which played havoc with voter sentiments and unfairly tarnished the 2016 candidacy and subsequent presidency of Donald Trump. The culprits may yet reap their just rewards.
Special Counsel John Durham has buttressed his recent indictment of an attorney for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign by serving the Perkins Coie law firm with new subpoenas. With lawyer Michael Sussmann charged last month with lying to the FBI, these new demands for records from his employer, first reported Thursday by CNN, indicate a systematic effort to widen the search for parties responsible for setting the Trump-Russia collusion deception in motion.
Mr. Sussmann’s 27-page indictment states he alleged, falsely, that the Trump Organization maintained a secret communication channel with Alfa Bank, a Russian enterprise with ties to Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. The tip sent the FBI on a wild goose chase seven weeks before the Trump-Clinton vote. No evidence was found.
Mr. Sussmann also failed to disclose to the FBI his ties to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and a technology industry executive who was working in coordination with Clinton associates to collect “non-public” opposition research. The material included the bogus Alfa-Bank tale, which was used to discredit Mr. Trump.
The individual, described in the indictment as “Tech Executive-1,” has not been charged — yet. Neither has “Campaign Lawyer-1,” who worked with the two to spread the false Trump-Russia narrative to “the media and others.” Also unindicted thus far is “Researcher-1,” who bluntly admitted the deficiency of the Trump-Russia narrative in an email to fellow schemers: “Do you realize we will have to expose every trick we have in our bag to even make a very weak association?”
Despite their flimsy case intended to frame Mr. Trump, Mr. Sussmann et al. successfully weaponized the political attack when the FBI’s subsequent investigation of Trump associates made headlines. As The Washington Times’ Rowan Scarborough has pointed out in news coverage, Sussmann colleague at Perkins Coie, superlawyer Marc Elias, kept Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook and communications director Jennifer Palmieri in the loop about the Trump smear campaign.
Americans should keep an eye open for additional developments in the Durham probe. The trail of bread crumbs clearly meanders through the offices of lawyers, tech experts, and Clinton campaign bigwigs. As the investigators continue to unravel the plot to handcuff Mr. Trump to Russia’s Mr. Putin, the anonymity of individuals involved could end with additional indictments.
In the fullness of time, Americans might even learn what Hillary knew about the scheme to frame her rival. Justice delayed might not mean justice denied, after all.