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October 5, 2021 - Kash Patel, former official in the Trump administration discusses Durham, Millie, China, and Afghanistan

        The Durham investigation is progressing rapidly now.

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October 6, 2021

          "Durham may have some more indictments left to bring. As for a comprehensive explanation of what happened in Russiagate, though, we will probably have to wait for his final report . . . assuming the Biden Justice Department allows it to be made public."

           Biden won't be "President" forever.


‘Collusion’ pushers in a spin over Durham indictment linked to Clinton camp

What a surprise: The media-Democrat complex that, for years, attempted to convince the country that a sitting US president was a clandestine agent of Russia is now spinning wildly, trying to persuade Americans that its politicized suspicions actually amounted to compelling evidence of Donald Trump’s “collusion” with Moscow.

That is the fallout from special counsel John Durham’s indictment of Democratic attorney Michael Sussmann, and of the related reports that the prosecutor has subpoenaed additional information from Sussmann’s former firm Perkins Coie, the lawyers for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Durham indicted Sussmann for lying to the FBI about whom he was working for (he pleaded not guilty). In peddling flimsy evidence that servers at a Russian bank proved a Kremlin communications back channel to Trump, Sussmann, a former DOJ lawyer, allegedly claimed not to be working for anyone — just a good citizen!

In reality, he was working for tech entrepreneur Rodney Joffe, who was angling for a job in the anticipated Hillary Clinton administration. Sussmann was also logging his time to Perkins Coie’s Clinton campaign client account.

More intriguing than the narrow charge is the indictment’s 27-page description of the context. Durham’s theory appears to be that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was essentially manufactured by the Clinton campaign. To produce dirt on Trump, the campaign relied on its Perkins Coie lawyers, obviously figuring their consultations would remain concealed under the attorney-client privilege.

Perkins Coie, in turn, retained rabidly anti-Trump researchers at Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS, which recruited Christopher Steele, a rabidly anti-Trump former British spy. It seems not to have mattered to Camp Clinton whether the Trump dirt was concocted rather than uncovered.


Typical of Durham, he is proceeding cautiously because having an overarching theory does not necessarily mean he has an overarching crime.


Consequently, the collusion propagandists are morphing into propaganda apologists, insisting that Camp Clinton operatives had good-faith reasons — even patriotic reasons — for the innuendo-laced case they contrived against Mrs. Clinton’s political opponent. Obviously, Durham is still investigating and is not yet ready to draw firm conclusions.

For now, two things are worth noting:

First, remember that at the time Perkins Coie tried to sell the FBI on an Alfa Bank angle of Trump-Russia, the bureau was simultaneously pressing the absurd Steele dossier (produced for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS via Perkins Coie) on the FISA court, in order to get authorization to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. The bureau concluded the Alfa Bank allegation was meritless. That is, at a time when they were so desperate they were willing to rely on the frivolous Steele claims, they nevertheless turned their noses up at the Alfa Bank story.

Second, Durham is not an ordinary prosecutor but a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department. Ordinary prosecutors either file indictments or quietly close investigations without charges. Special counsels write lengthy reports describing their findings in detail, including evidence indicative of corruption and abuse of power that may not qualify for prosecution under the strictures of the penal law.

Durham may have some more indictments left to bring. As for a comprehensive explanation of what happened in Russiagate, though, we will probably have to wait for his final report . . . assuming the Biden Justice Department allows it to be made public.


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October 14, 2021

       "Durham is investigating whether they were involved in a scheme to misuse sensitive, nonpublic Internet data, which they had access to through their government contracts, to dredge up derogatory information on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign in 2016 and again in 2017, sources say — political dirt that sent FBI investigators on a wild goose chase. Prosecutors are also investigating whether some of the data presented to the FBI was faked or forged."


Durham Probes Pentagon Computer Contractors in Anti-Trump Conspiracy

Cybersecurity experts who held lucrative Pentagon and homeland security contracts and high-level security clearances are under investigation for potentially abusing their government privileges to aid a 2016 Clinton campaign plot to falsely link Donald Trump to Russia and trigger an FBI investigation of him and his campaign, according to several sources familiar with the work of Special Counsel John Durham.

Durham is investigating whether they were involved in a scheme to misuse sensitive, nonpublic Internet data, which they had access to through their government contracts, to dredge up derogatory information on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign in 2016 and again in 2017, sources say — political dirt that sent FBI investigators on a wild goose chase. Prosecutors are also investigating whether some of the data presented to the FBI was faked or forged. 

These sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive law enforcement matter, said Durham’s investigators have subpoenaed the contractors to turn over documents and testify before a federal grand jury hearing the case. The investigators are exploring potential criminal charges including giving false information to federal agents and defrauding the government, the sources said.

The campaign plot was outlined by Durham last month in a 27-page indictment charging former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann with making a false report to the FBI. The document cites eight individuals who allegedly conspired with Sussmann, but does not identify them by name.

The sources familiar with the probe have confirmed that the leader of the team of contractors was Rodney L. Joffe, who has regularly advised the Biden White House on cybersecurity and infrastructure policies. Until last month he was the chief cybersecurity officer at Washington tech contractor Neustar Inc., which federal civil court records show was a longtime client of Sussmann at Perkins Coie, a prominent Democratic law firm recently subpoenaed by Durham. Joffe, 66, has not been charged with a crime.

Neustar has removed Joffe's blog posts from its website. “He no longer works for us,” a spokeswoman said.

A powerful and influential player in the tech world, Joffe tasked a group of computer contractors connected to the Georgia Institute of Technology with finding “anything” in Internet data that would link Trump to Russia and make Democratic “VIPs happy,” according to an August 2016 email Joffe sent to the researchers. The next month, the group accused Trump of maintaining secret backchannel communications to the Kremlin through the email servers of Russia-based Alfa Bank. Those accusations were later determined to be false by the FBI, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department inspector general and a Senate intelligence panel.

The Sussmann grand jury indictment states that the federal contractors, who mined private Internet records to help "conduct opposition research" in coordination with the Clinton campaign, were driven not by data but by “bias against Trump.”

Joffe’s lawyer has described his client as “apolitical.” He said Joffe brought Sussmann information about Trump he believed to be true out of concern for the nation. 

Steven Tyrrell, a white-collar criminal defense attorney specializing in fraud cases, has confirmed that his client Joffe is the person referred to as “Tech Executive-1” throughout the Sussmann indictment. “Tech Executive-1 exploited his access to nonpublic data at multiple Internet companies to conduct opposition research concerning Trump,” Durham’s grand jury stated. "In furtherance of these efforts, [Joffe] had enlisted, and was continuing to enlist, the assistance of researchers at a U.S.-based university [Georgia Tech] who were receiving and analyzing Internet data in connection with a pending federal government cybersecurity research contract.”

The indictment also alleges that the computer scientists knew the Internet data they compiled was innocuous but sent it to the FBI anyway, sending agents down a dead end: “Sussmann, [Joffe] and [Perkins Coie] had coordinated, and were continuing to coordinate, with representatives and agents of the Clinton campaign with regard to the data and written materials that Sussmann gave to the FBI and the media.”


In a potential conflict of interest, Attorney General Merrick Garland employed Sullivan's wife Maggie as a law clerk when he was a federal judge. Garland controls the purse strings to Durham’s investigation and whether his final report will be released to the public.


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October 18, 2021

       "I provided 1,000 intelligence community documents that I think support additional charges that I would expect John Durham to bring,"

Ratcliffe says 1,000 intel documents given to Durham support more charges

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said a raft of documents he provided to special counsel John Durham supports additional charges in his criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation.

A recent grand jury indictment against Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer accused of lying to the FBI, is just the tip of the iceberg, Ratcliffe teased during a Fox News interview on Sunday.

"Michael Sussmann's is the first of what I would hope would be a number, based on the fact — I provided not just those declassified documents, but I provided 1,000 intelligence community documents that I think support additional charges that I would expect John Durham to bring," he told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures.

Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas who served as overseer of the nation's 17 intelligence agencies in the latter part of the Trump administration, announced in October that he handed over nearly 1,000 pages of materials to the Justice Department to assist with Durham's investigation into the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation.


Ratcliffe also declassified two heavily redacted Russia-related documents, including handwritten notes from former CIA Director John Brennan showing he briefed then-President Barack Obama in 2016 on an unverified Russian intelligence report. The report claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned in July 2016 on tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee to distract from her improper use of a private email server.

Sussmann, a former attorney at Perkins Coie, is accused of falsely telling the top FBI lawyer he was not representing any clients when acting on behalf of a technology executive and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign during a September 2016 meeting on possible links between Trump and Russia. Sussman pleaded not guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI, with lawyers insisting he never said he didn't have clients and was representing only the technology executive at the meeting five years ago.

So far, Durham has obtained only a single guilty plea from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email about a Trump campaign aide under government surveillance.

"We said there was FISA abuse. And Kevin Clinesmith was indicted on lying to the FISA court to spy on the Trump campaign. And then, on your show, we talked about this very fact, that the Hillary Clinton campaign created the Trump-Russia collusion. And the intelligence community and the FBI knew that," Ratcliffe said on Sunday. "And they briefed not just President Obama, but Vice President Biden and the entire national security team. I expected and said there would be indictments forthcoming."


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconOct-26 9:02 AM 
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October 26, 2021

         The big question, which this article makes no attempt to ask or answer, is: "Did the FBI raid Deripaska's home to find evidence, to make sure that evidence is NOT found, or something else?"

BREAKING: FBI Raids Home of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska This Morning in DC - He's Connected to the Steele Dossier

FBI agents on Tuesday swarmed the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington, D.C., an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.

The reason for their presence wasn’t immediately clear. The spokesperson said the agency is conducting “law enforcement activity at the home,” but wouldn’t elaborate.

Deripaska is a billionaire oil tycoon with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and officials who were sanctioned by the Treasury Department in April 2018.

We’ve reported on Deripaska in the past. Deripaska was reportedly visited by FBI Agents in the summer of 2016 pitching the Trump-Russia collusion garbage theory.  It looked like they were trying to get Deripaska to work with them in setting up the future President Donald Trump.

We also reported on Deripaska when portions of the Steele dossier were released to the public.  Steele claimed that his work for Deripaska was not part of his work related to his reporting of Carter Page.  Steele also claimed Deripaska had no interaction with his main source for his garbage Steele dossier which the corrupt FBI used to spy on President Trump.

However, it was later reported that Steele’s main source in the Carter Page set up was pictured with Deripaska in June 2016 and with John McCain below.

A Russian hooker who hung out with Deripaska claimed she had Trump-Russia collusion information in an effort to get out of jail.  It worked because the Mueller gang sprung her from jail as soon as they found out.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconNov-4 12:44 PM 
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November 4, 2021

       "The Russian political analyst was the primary researcher for Steele's dossier...Many of the dossier's claims remain unproven or have been debunked, though the document was cited by the FBI in a secret warrant application to spy on a Trump campaign advisor."


Special counsel John Durham charges Igor Danchenko, the Russian analyst behind Steele dossier with lying to FBI agents: US public relations exec with Democrat ties was key source for claims Trump colluded with Putin, indictment says

A key source who provided information to British ex-spy Christopher Steele for his 'dirty dossier' of allegations against Donald Trump has been arrested in the US. 

Igor Danchenko, a Russian-born analyst living in the United States, was arrested on Thursday in Virginia by federal agents assigned to John H. Durham's special counsel inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to the Justice Department. 

He is charged with five counts of lying to FBI agents about the sources he used in collecting information for Steele, who is identified in the indictment only as 'UK Person-1'. The Russian political analyst was the primary researcher for Steele's dossier alleging that Trump's 2016 presidential campaign conspired with Russia in a covert operation to beat Hillary Clinton, and that Russia had salacious videos that could be used to blackmail Trump.

Many of the dossier's claims remain unproven or have been debunked, though the document was cited by the FBI in a secret warrant application to spy on a Trump campaign advisor. The indoctment alleges that Danchenko lied to federal investigators by saying that he had not had contact with a certain US-based executive at an American public relations firm, who had longstanding ties to the Democratic Party. In fact, Danchenko did communicate with the unnamed PR exec, and used him as a key source for one or more of the allegations in the Steele report, according to the indictment.

Danchenko is the third person, and second in a two-month span, to face charges in Durham's probe.  Danchenko's attorney was in trial and could not be immediately reached by DailyMail.com on Thursday morning.

Trump has long denied any illegal conspiracy with Russia in his 2016 campaign, insisting that the allegations were trumped up by his political enemies. Likewise, Democrats claim that Durham's probe is a political hatchet job.

Durham was appointed as special counsel by Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr in October 2020, and tasked with investigating whether the FBI's Trump-Russia probe, code-named 'Crossfire Hurricane,' was opened and conducted legally.

In FBI hands, the dossier was used to further its probe into Trump during the presidential campaign, and was cited in a FISA warrant application to surveil Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, an American who has never been criminally charged.

Durham previously signaled his interest in Danchenko and the Steele dossier by obtaining subpoenas in February for old personnel files and other documents related to Danchenko from the Brookings Institution, where he worked from 2005 until 2010.


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November 7, 2021

       "Let’s hope there are additional indictments to come.  Danchenko may offer the key to unlocking even more acts of corruption."

The arrest of the man behind the phony dossier underscores the many lies of the Russia hoax

The fabulist behind the discredited anti-Trump dossier was taken into custody by federal authorities Thursday as Special Counsel John Durham continues to build his case against those who manufactured and propagated the phony Trump-Russia collusion narrative.  ~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Igor Danchenko was not some mysterious Russian agent operating in the bowels of the Kremlin. He is a Ukrainian-born resident of the United States who worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington, D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution.  When the dossier was concocted in 2016, the president of Brookings was Strobe Talbott, a longtime friend and ally of Hillary Clinton.  This was hardly a coincidence.  

It was Clinton and her confederates who invented the Russia hoax to frame her opponent with the most noxious offense in America: a treasonous conspiracy with the Kremlin to steal a presidential election. The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) financed their illicit scheme by secretly funneling money to Steele, who hired Danchenko as his primary source for the dossier. Declassified documents show that the CIA knew as early as July of 2016 that Clinton had personally approved the devious operation.  Shortly thereafter the FBI tracked down Danchenko, who admitted his role and debunked the dossier as little more than a fairy tale. 

But John Brennan and James Comey, the respective directors of the CIA and FBI at the time, kept the truth hidden from Congress, President Trump, and the American people. ~~~~~~~~~~~

For example, the salacious story that Trump had committed lewd acts with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel turned out to be nothing more than the product of someone’s rich imagination.  But Steele didn’t care; he was determined to use it against Trump.  He included the sordid tale in his dossier and then peddled it to both the FBI and the media in order to destroy Trump, whom he admittedly loathed. ~~~~~~~~~~~

The FBI defrauded the FISC judges by insisting that the dossier was credible, even though they possessed incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.  The bureau scrupulously guarded their secret knowing full well that disclosure would ruin the public’s trust in the FBI.  And so it has. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

Let’s hope there are additional indictments to come.  Danchenko may offer the key to unlocking even more acts of corruption. 


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Special Prosecutor Durham’s Digging Into 2016 Vote Looks Like a Dead End for the GOP

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | November 8, 2021

The former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, warned Republicans gathered in Las Vegas over the weekend to quit obsessing over the 2020 election and start looking ahead to the next one.

“We can no longer talk about the past and the past elections,” Mr. Christie said, urging a Republican Jewish Coalition audience to “take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again."

Note the use of the plural “elections.” The comments were widely seen as a caution to President Trump, who has been pushing the far-fetched claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Listen to Mr. Christie carefully, though, and it sounds like he was making a point about 2016 as well as 2020.

If so, it’s sage advice, in my opinion, particularly as an effort is underway to re-litigate not only the 2020 election but the 2016 one, too. The 2016-related effort is centered in the Justice Department, where on November 4, 2021 — about 5 years after the election — Special Counsel John Durham announced that a grand jury had indicted a Russian national on five counts of making false statements to the FBI.

“Defendant Allegedly Lied About the Source of Information Provided to the FBI During the 2016 Presidential Campaign,” is how the subheadline of the press release puts it.

The law Igor Danchenko was charged with violating — Title 18, Section 1001 of the United States Code — is one of the most frequently used, and problematic, pieces of criminal law on the books. It’s been on my radar screen since 2004, when a New York Sun editorial noted its use against Martha Stewart.

The editorial quoted Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, in a concurring opinion in the 1996 Supreme Court case Brogan v. United States, warned of “the sweeping generality” of Section 1001’s language. Justice Ginsburg wrote: “The prospect remains that an overzealous prosecutor or investigator — aware that a person has committed some suspicious acts, but unable to make a criminal case — will create a crime by surprising the suspect, asking about those acts, and receiving a false denial.”

Since that prophetic warning, Section 1001 has been used against President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn; against President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; against Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby; and against President Obama’s White House Counsel, Gregory Craig.

In several of those cases, the charges were brought by a special counsel operating outside the standard Justice Department system. Such counsels have a special temptation to fall into the trap against which Robert H. Jackson warned in 1940. The “most dangerous power of the prosecutor,” Jackson said, is “that he will pick people he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.”

Jackson said, “It is in this realm — in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies.”

Mr. Christie, of all people, should be well aware of the hazards in this department. When the future governor was the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, he won a conviction of the mayor of Newark, Sharpe James, on an “honest services fraud” count that was eventually reversed on appeal.

The principles here apply equally whether the alleged “crimes” were committed by Republicans or by Democrats and whether the special prosecutors are Republicans or Democrats.

Setting up a prosecutor with basically unlimited access to taxpayer funds and with effective exemption from the usual political supervision in the hopes of finding “crimes” that can be pinned on political actors is a tactic that belongs in a totalitarian society, not a free one.

If Russia interfered in the 2016 election, it’s a foreign policy issue, and a political issue. It doesn’t appear, though, to have affected the outcome, and federal criminal law is the wrong tool to rectify it with. As Mr. Christie appreciates, it’s not even clear that this is a winning political strategy. President Clinton won re-election in 1996 notwithstanding the Whitewater investigations of Special Counsels Fiske and Starr.

For partisan Republicans, the temptation is strong to try to answer with the Durham investigation the Trump impeachment and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. Mr. Christie is right, though, to warn that the politics of grievance won’t win over swing voters.

They are more interested in what the outcome of the next election will mean for their family than in the details of the Steele dossier. Future American political campaigns of both parties will have a hard time attracting top-quality talent if the price of political involvement is a criminal prosecution that drags on nearly half-a-decade after an election.


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Chris Christie is an anti-Trump Rino, as bad as The Wall Street Journal.

Why Christie's praise of Obama matters

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November 9, 2021

        "the evidence is now growing that the campaign who colluded with Russia was Clinton."

The biggest loser of the Durham indictments: James Comey's FBI

~~~~~~~~~~ Igor Danchenko, Steele's primary source for the dossier, contrived an entire source for key allegations in the dossier and relied on a longtime Hillary Clinton-supporting public relations executive for other intelligence without telling the FBI, the indictment charges. That PR executive had extensive ties to Russian government officials, even as he provided Danchenko information that landed in the dossier. ~~~~~~~~~~~

"The fact pattern that John Durham is methodically establishing shows what James Comey and Andrew McCabe likely knew from day one, that the Steele Dossier was politically-driven nonsense created at the behest of the Clinton campaign," said Kevin Brock, the FBI's former intelligence chief and one of the bureau's most respected retirees. ~~~~~~~~~~~

Members of key oversight committees in Congress said the question that remains unanswered is whether the FBI's misconduct was driven by incompetence or something more nefarious. Already one former FBI lawyer has admitted he intentionally doctored a piece of evidence to mislead the FISA court. ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who played a central role in unraveling the fake Russia collusion narrative, said the evidence is now growing that the campaign who colluded with Russia was Clinton.

"We already knew the Steele dossier was orchestrated and funded by the Democrats, and now we know that a Democrat operative, who'd been a registered Russian agent and was closely linked to Kremlin officials, served as a direct source for the dossier's fabrications," Nunes told Just the News. "As I've said for years, the only people who colluded with Russians were the Democrats."

"The FBI clearly knew from the earliest days that the dossier was a hoax," Nunes said. "The fact that they knowingly used it anyway to get a warrant to spy on an American citizen is the exact kind of gross abuse that severely and quickly erodes Americans' trust in our Intelligence Community."


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