Indictments and new court filings show that Special Counsel John Durham investigated Clinton’s 2016 campaign for feeding false reports to the FBI to incriminate Trump. What else did she know, and when did she know it?
The best officials involved in her campaign repeatedly stated, under oath, that they and the candidate weren’t aware of the foundation of their disinformation campaign—a 35-page collection on now-debunked claims of Trump-Russia collusion known as the Steele dossier.
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Her campaign helped to pay for the dossier, and they claim she only read it after BuzzFeed News published it in 2017.
But from the behind-the-scenes video, the court documents, and surfaced evidence shared that Clinton and her top campaign advisers were involved in the more than $1 Million operations to dredge up dirt on Trump and Russia than they have let on.
The evidence says that the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory sprang from a multi-pronged effort within the Clinton campaign, which manufactured many incorrect claims and fed them to friendly media and law enforcement officials. Clinton was the center of these efforts, and he used her personal Twitter account and presidential debates to echo the false claims of Steele and others that Trump collaborated with the Russians.
However, MSM has never pressed Clinton on her role in Russiagate; in a short scene in the 2020 documentary, Hillary says she knew the effort. It shows that Clinton, while speaking about her running mate, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, and his wife, Anne, in hushed tones about Trump and Russia in a back room prior to the campaign in 2016.
Clinton shared her concerns about Trump’s connection to Russia and Putin. Later she told Kaine that her aides were trying to expose Trump.
“I don’t say this lightly,” Clinton whispered. [but Trump’s] agenda is other people’s agenda.”
“We’re scratching hard, trying to figure it out,” she continued. “He is the vehicle, the vessel for all these other people.”
The two then discussed “all these weird connections” between Trump and Russia. Kaine brought up ex-Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, and Clinton shared suspicions about Trump’s adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “who is a paid tool for Russian television.”
Added Clinton: “This is what scares me … the way that Putin has taken over the political apparatus, or is trying to — .”
Manafort and Flynn had been found in dossier reports given to the Clinton campaign before 2 Democratic nominees had their October 2016 conversation. The dossier falsely accused Manafort, Flynn, and some other Trump advisers of a Kremlin conspiracy to steal the election for Trump.
“The notes reflect that Steele told [his FBI handler Michael Gaeta] that Steele was aware that ‘Democratic Party associates’ were paying for [his] research; the ‘ultimate client’ was the leader of the Clinton presidential campaign; and ‘the candidate’ was aware of Steele’s reporting,” Justice Department watchdog Michael Horowitz wrote in his 2019 report.
The same month, in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the CIA got the Russian chatter about a Clinton foreign policy adviser who tried to create allegations to vilify Trump. The handwritten notes, then-CIA Chief John Brennan warned Obama that Moscow had intercepted information about the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump.”
Clinton foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan drove a golf cart from the TV-network news tent in the parking lot to another, pitching producers, anchors, correspondents, and some NBC executives a story that Trump collaborated with Russia to steal the election.
He was on CNN, MSNBS, and Fox News to spin Clinton’s campaign theories.
Sullivan’s title was utterly misleading and was far more than a foreign policy adviser to Clinton.
“Hillary told Sullivan she wanted him to take over [her campaign],” journalists Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen reported in their 2017 bestseller, “Shattered: Inside Hillary’s Doomed Campaign.” “You’re going to be my traffic cop and my rabbi, she told Sullivan, adding that he would be her de facto chief strategist.”
He was included in “every aspect of her campaign strategy,” they wrote, because “no one on the official campaign staff understood Hillary’s thought process as well as Sullivan.”
Sullivan shared the anti-Trump rumors behind the scenes while Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook appeared on camera to share what Steele had reported back to the campaign.
“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump,” Mook told CNN’s, Jake Tapper.
Hillary Clinton campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri saw that there were all bent on casting a cloud of suspicion over Trump and sharing doubt about his loyalties and suggested “the possibility of collusion between Trump’s allies and Russian intelligence.”
“We were on a mission to get the press to focus on the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton,” Palmieri stated in a 2017 Washington Post column. “We wanted to raise the alarm.”
‘’ It’s not known if their media blitz was coordinated with Glenn Simpson, the Clinton campaign’s opposition-research contractor who hired Steele for $168,000. But Simpson also attended the convention in Philadelphia, and at the same time Clinton’s top people were making the TV media rounds, Simpson and his Fusion GPS co-founder, Peter Fritsch, were meeting with the New York Times and other major print media outlets to pitch Russia “collusion” stories, focusing primarily on Manafort. Bad publicity from the planted stories would later pressure Trump to dump Manafort as his campaign manager.’’ The Gateway Pundit reported.
That week, Simpson collaborated with ABC News correspondent Brian Ross on a since-debunked story framing Trump supporter Sergei Millian as a Russian Spy.
Hillary Clinton on September 2-16, Hillary Clinton tweeted a campaign video with edited quotes from Millian and shared there was more evidence that Trump was a Russian spy. Above the video she posted on Sept. 22, Clinton personally tweeted: “The man who could be your next president may be deeply indebted to another country. Do you trust him to run ours?”
Durham said that Danchenko was lying to the FBI about Millian.
“It’s chilling to learn that U.S. intelligence officials are conducting a probe into suspected meetings between Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page and members of Putin’s inner circle while in Moscow,” according to the statement, which attached Sept. 23, 2016.
“Just one day after we learned about Trump’s hundreds of millions of dollars in undisclosed Russian business interests,” Caplin’s statement continued, “this report suggests Page met with a sanctioned top Russian official to discuss the possibility of ending U.S. sanctions against Russia under a Trump presidency – an action that could directly enrich both Trump and Page while undermining American interests.”
“We’ve never seen anything like this in American politics,” the Clinton campaign statement added with alarm.
“Every day seems to cast new doubts on what’s truly driving Donald Trump’s decision-making.”
The Yahoo story was apocryphal. The source was Steele, but his identity was hidden in the story. Later, Clinton’s team hyped as a bombshell Trump-Russia revelation; a media report that it helped craft from opposition research in commissioned and from FBI interest it generate. However, all this was hidden from the public.
Durham indicted Sussmann for lying to the FBI, detailing how the lawyer and Simpson collaborated with a team of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton computer researchers to draft a technical report for the FBI and media allegedly linking Trump to Alfa-Bank through email servers.
“This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” Sullivan proclaimed.
Clinton warned the voters: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”
Adding: “It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,” while attaching a meme that read: “Donald Trump has a secret server. It was set up to communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank called Alfa Bank.”
‘’ The Alfa smear was meant as an “October surprise” that would rock the Trump campaign and take media focus off the probe of Clinton’s emails, which then-FBI Director James Comey had been pressured by a New York agent to revive in the final week of the campaign. Clinton’s team had even “prepared a video promoting the Trump-Alfa Bank server connection and was poised to make an all-out push through social media,” according to Isikoff and David Corn in their book, “Russian Roulette.” But “that plan was canned,” they wrote because the Oct. 31 Times story noted that the FBI had not been able to corroborate the claims of a cyber-link. The skepticism cooled the media firestorm the campaign had hoped for.’’ TGP reported.
“We had been waiting for the Alfa Bank story to come out,” Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta told Isikoff and Corn. “Then — boom! — it gets smacked down.”
In congressional testimony, Podesta claimed ignorance about the campaign’s opposition-research efforts.
In Durham’s indictment of Sussmann for lying to the FBI about his work for the Clinton campaign while feeding them are the Alfa-Bank story, prosecutors shared that his partner Marc Elias kept Clinton campaign bigwigs in the loop about the project to manufacture a Trump-Russian bank conspiracy.
‘’ Sullivan, who now serves as President Biden’s national security adviser, maintained in December 2017 congressional testimony he didn’t even know that the politically prominent Elias worked for Perkins Coie, a well-known Democratic law firm representing the Clinton campaign. Major media stories from 2016, however, routinely identified Elias as “general counsel for the Clinton campaign” and a “partner at Perkins Coie.”’’ TGP reported.
“To be honest with you, Marc wears a tremendous number of hats, so I wasn’t sure who he was representing,” Sullivan testified. “I sort of thought he was, you know, just talking to us as, you know, a fellow traveler in this – in this campaign effort.”
“Durham is telling us that this Alfa-Bank hoax – and probably related matters – were Clinton campaign ops at the very highest level,” former FBI counterintelligence agent and lawyer Mark Wauck noted. “How credible is it to suppose that Hillary herself wasn’t in the know?”
Grand jury testimony is sealed, and it’s not known what Elias told prosecutors. However, in 2017, he testified in a closed-door session of Congress that Mook was his campaign contact for opposition-research projects. “I consulted with Robby Mook, who was campaign manager,” he said.
Mook said, “I didn’t know that we were paying the contractor that created that document.”
“What I’ve known [about the dossier] is what I’ve read in the press,” he claimed. Mook said he doesn’t recall seeing the dossier memos during the campaign. “I just can’t attribute to what piece of information, you know, came to us at one time or where it came from, frankly. You know, as campaign manager, there’s a lot going on.”
He added, “I don’t know the answer to that. … I wish we paid more attention to it on the campaign.”
In a testimony, Elias stated he met with Simpson and many other researchers 20 times and Steele at least once during the campaign. He stated that he would get written reports from them and would find some information.
Elias even maintained that he hired Fusion GPS on his own without consulting with Mook or the campaign. “I was the gatekeeper,” he said, between the research contractors and the campaign.
Ex-Bill Clinton Political strategist Dough Schoen stated that it stretches credulity to suggest that the best officials in the Clinton camp weren’t aware of the research their attorney was billing them for.
“With more than 380 payments from the Clinton campaign and the DNC being made to Perkins Coie, it is seemingly impossible that the candidate herself would not have direct knowledge of the purpose of those payments or any earmarks being made, especially those for Fusion GPS,” Schoen said.
Brian Fallon told CNN in a separate interview she may not have been totally out of the loop, however. “She may have known [about the dossier and its financing before the election],” he said, “but the degree of exactly what she knew is beyond my knowledge.”
Senior congressional investigators said, “The biggest lie is Hillary didn’t know about any of this oppo stuff even though she tweeted about it!” he said.
“You encouraged espionage against our people,” Clinton said on Oct. 19, 2016.
Durham said he investigated the Clinton campaign in a recent document and will question the top officials.
‘’For instance, Durham found that a longtime Clinton insider and campaign adviser — Charles Dolan — was a key source for the dossier and most likely originated the false “pee tape” rumor involving Trump and Moscow prostitutes. It seems likely that he acted as an intermediary between the campaign and Steele’s primary sub-source, Danchenko, with whom he communicated. In 2016, Dolan “actively campaigned and participated in calls and events as a volunteer on behalf of Hillary Clinton,” according to the Danchenko indictment.’’ TGP reported.
‘’ In other words, the Clinton campaign not only funded the Russia dirt on Trump but provided some of the actual sourcing for it. Campaign operatives, in turn, laundered the dirt through the FBI and into the mainstream media to damage Trump.
In a related filing in the Danchenko case, Durham noted that his “areas of inquiry” include investigating “the extent to which the Clinton campaign and its representatives directed, solicited or controlled the defendant’s [Danchenko’s] activities” surrounding the dossier. He also indicated prosecutors want to find out whether the campaign knew Danchenko and Steele were funneling false information to the FBI and intend to summon “multiple former employees of the campaign” as a trial or grand jury witnesses.’’ The report continued.
J.D. Gordon, who had a position similar to Sullivan’s on the 2016 Trump campaign, said that he hopes Durham adds Sullivan and other Clinton helpers to his criminal investigation.
He suspects Sullivan was “the Russiagate hoax mastermind and hopes that he and other members of Clinton’s 2016 team — as well as the candidate herself — are subpoenaed for testimony and document production just as he and other Trump advisers were targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, based almost entirely on rumors started by the Clinton machine. He called the Clinton-funded smears “depraved” and “nationally destabilizing.”’’
“In addition to outright surveillance via the fraudulent FISA warrant against Carter Page, many of us were hit with federal and congressional subpoenas, subjected to grueling Senate and House investigations, special counsel interrogations, and resulting harsh media spotlight,” he said. “I appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee and produced requested documents to the House Judiciary Committee. Three times I was summoned before the special counsel, the first of which in August 2017 was apparently leaked to the Washington Post.”