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The More Clinton Aides Durham Indicts, The More Questions Arise

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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As 2021 draws to a close, Americans are still anxiously awaiting a possible report from Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the basis of the FBI’s investigation of possible links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Thus far, the probe has uncovered a rash of lies and deception on the part of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign associates and the mainstream media, exposing the “Russian collusion” narrative as an intentional campaign smear. In September, Durham issued a fresh round of indictments, including one that charged Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman with lying to the FBI. Yet, the more indictments that are issued, the more questions seem to arise. Many are wondering how far up Durham will prove the corruption went, and who he will prove knowingly engaged in propagating it. Despite media attempts to downplay or outright ignore the slew of revelations coming out of the investigation, the findings are a staggering indictment of the media, the intelligence community, and, potentially, the Clintons themselves.

  1. Was Anyone Senior in Hillary Clinton’s Campaign – or Clinton herself – Involved?

The earliest media narratives stated, as almost absolute fact, that former President Donald Trump illegally won the 2016 election through a comprehensive collusion campaign with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was also blackmailing Trump. Indeed, numerous outlets preposterously suggested that Russian intelligence had been controlling him since the 1980s. The majority of these accusations were detailed in the Steele dossier, a collection of what was said to be credible insider information from Russia itself. The dossier was compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, a man the mainstream media gushingly compared to fictional British spy James Bond. Even though the report contained glaring errors and was unverified, it was treated as gospel truth by mainstream media outlets.

In reality, the Durham report has, so far, revealed the Steele dossier to be almost laughably false. Christopher Steele has been widely condemned and the report is now considered bunk.

While accusations of conspiracy and blackmail between the Trump campaign and Russia have been widely discredited, the Durham report has revealed a shocking network of connections between those who created the Steele dossier, senior members of the Clinton Campaign, and longtime Democratic operatives. Thus far, Durham has uncovered, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, that the Clinton campaign retained the services of the law firm Perkins Coie, which hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which then recruited Steele to compile the dossier.

This, on paper, seems to put a degree of distance between the Clinton campaign and Steele, yet it is now known the actual parties involved were perhaps far closer to the Clintons than originally thought. Steele’s primary source for his “explosive” revelations was Igor Danchenko, an analyst for the Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank with a long history of ties to the Clinton family. Danchenko has also been indicted for lying to the FBI. In addition, Clinton loyalist and Democratic operative Charles Dolan Jr. was another one of Steele’s primary sources. Clinton Campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who provided false information to the FBI regarding Trump and Russia, has also been indicted. Yet for all these indictments, the question still remains: who was coordinating all this activity?

2. Will Durham’s Investigation Reach Comey and McCabe?

It’s now clear that the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign was based largely on false rumors documented in the Steele dossier. Even with the obvious conflicts of interest, Justice Department officials, as one columnist described, “took the Steele dossier very seriously…despite objections from lower-level investigators.” In fact, former FBI director James Comey, “fought at one point to include the allegations in this shabby piece of opposition research in the intelligence community’s vetted assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election.” That assessment became the basis of the surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The seriousness with which the FBI regarded the dossier also gave the media carte blanche to portray the dossier’s allegations as truth – and to continue to push baseless Russian collusion narratives even after Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that the dossier was “largely worthless” in 2019.

What remains to be seen is whether Durham will portray the small group at the top of the FBI as unwitting victims of the Clinton campaign’s deception, or whether they were using the media coverage they had not just aided but actually generated in order to use that published information to reinforce the false representations to the Justice Department and the Courts that were the basis of the FBI leadership’s surveillance program against the Obama administration’s political opponents. That program could well have involved violations of 42 U.S. Code Section 1983 that forbids the use of government power to deny others their civil rights. Former Trump Department of Defense Chief of Staff Kash Patel said recently that “all roads lead to Andy McCabe, the former Deputy Director of the FBI, who was caught lying three times by the Inspector General during his tenure there,” suggesting that criminal charges may not be out of the question. Should McCabe, Comey, and others face scrutiny as co-conspirators by the Durham investigation, calls for reform would only intensify.

3. Will Durham Implicate Other Intelligence Agencies?

The FBI’s involvement in the case has also raised questions about other intelligence agencies and their role in pushing the dossier. By some accounts it was former CIA Director John Brennan who advocated for the inclusion of the dossier in the Russia intelligence assessment. Moreover, during the 2015 campaign Brennan acted in a fashion so partisan it would have been unthinkable to other CIA Directors. As just one example, Brennan went to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed – no stranger to the art of the political smear –  with information that pushed the Clinton spin on collusion and urged him to get the FBI to pursue the allegations. It has also been widely reported that Durham’s investigators have reviewed emails and correspondence between CIA analysts, suggesting other Agency officials may be under scrutiny as well.

4. Will We See Everything Ratcliffe Handed Over to the Special Prosecutor?

On November 7th, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed on Fox News that “I gave John Durham over 1,000 other documents that have not yet been declassified that I know include intelligence that goes specifically to this criminal activity that would be the basis for further indictments.” While there are likely to be more indictments from the Durham Investigation, there is no guarantee that all these documents will be made available to the public. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies will almost certainly attempt to hide them under the pretense of protecting “sensitive information.” Yet, considering how the collapse of the Steele dossier was a crippling blow to the integrity of American intelligence agencies, a full report may be the only way to rebuild the trust of the American people.

5. Wildcard: Do the Indictments Undermine the Narrative that Russia Hacked the DNC?

The Steele dossier asserted multiple times that the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails was done explicitly at the behest of the Russian Government. Even after the dossier was debunked, the intelligence agencies stated that they had confirmed the details of the DNC hack separately, specifically noting the use of third-party cybersecurity firms like CrowdStrike. Yet, CrowdStrike is the very same firm involved in the discredited “Alfa Bank hoax” exposed in Durham’s indictment of Sussman. While this doesn’t discredit the firm’s findings entirely, it does raise questions of competence and bias.

The media and elected Democrats – many of whom are directly responsible for propagating the Steele Dossier’s lies – are desperately hoping that the public will lose interest before any more damning revelations come to light. But as the tangled web of deception continues to grow and implicate figures in the highest levels of government and Democratic politics, Americans’ interest – and demands for justice – may be growing as well.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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Robert Aughenbaugh
1 month ago

Unless Durham gets the entire anti Trump conspiracy out in the open, and prosecutes everyone involved, nothing will change. The next time these individuals feel threatened or just don’t like the way things are going for them, they’ll do the same thing again.

Sally Duncan
1 month ago

Yep, Let’s go Brandon!

Stephen Lykins
1 month ago

Was Anyone Senior in Hillary Clinton’s Campaign – or Clinton herself – Involved”?

I suspect that she was not only involved but actively INSTIGATED the whole bloody thing!

Ed
1 month ago

“Was anyone senior involved”? Is that a serious question? I doubt Bill is allowed to take a dump without her permission!

Jocie Taylor
1 month ago

Why is the Democrat party always untouchable always always media totally ignores what they do to the point where the media looks bad why

Bobby
1 month ago

Mario hit the nail on the head!!!

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

The Democratic Party is the instrument of Satan. This is not to say that there is not corruption in the Republican Party, but the central mode of operation in the Democratic Party is to lie, cheat, steal, and kill. They are true to their communist masters such as George Soros and the CCP. The Democrats want us all to be their slaves. They applauded Antifa as they performed acts of violence and their policies have led to the organized theft we now see in San Francisco. God save us from these wicked, evil thugs, such as Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, AOC, and others of their ilk.

Jean
1 month ago

I agree with Mario. The people are being pushed into another Civil war. Democrats are paid off to do the things that hurt USA. They are only interested in their pocket books. This is a act of crime and treason. They took a oath to uphold the Constitution and to work for the People not Soros and etc. Biden is Senile and to act as he is instructed. Worst President ever!!!!!

Sally Duncan
1 month ago

Totally agree! Lot’s of prayer needed, but also lotsa hutspa from Republicans(not rinos) in this battle for our country from school boards right up to congress!!!

ops
1 month ago

Replace the word accountable with prosecute.

Eino Yooper
1 month ago

Hillary. Typical Psychopathic Narcissist.

Bobby
1 month ago

I’ve read a number of comments below regarding all the bitterness and frustration on the evil in Washington. First let me say , I agree with everything that has been written about the Clinton’s, Obama’s and Biden’s. You would have to be an idiot not to see all the corruption and hate the left has for conservatives. But let me go one step further, this is evil against good. I believe most in Washington are godless people not all ,but the ones running the country in the ground. It’s been happening right in front of our eyes for over 50 years. The left has gotten so deep into our colleges and now schools and high schools that home schooling due to COVID alerted mothers and fathers to the brain washing their kids were receiving. You don’t abort 66,000,000 babies sell body parts for profit and live a godly life. I’ve worried and had the same bitter thoughts as all of you to the point of we’re doomed and there’s no hope. There is judgement coming against all of the godless people mention each day in Washington. Will we see that anytime soon who knows probably not but the way I’ve dealt with the lack of justice is knowing God is the ultimate judge and he will have the final say. I believe the evil people will be judged firmly and swiftly because God says so. Knowing this has given me happiness again. I don’t like it one bit and God knows I don’t like it but turning it over to him to handle certainly has made my life more peaceful. Washington is our Sodom and Gomorrah but their day is coming either here or on the other side.
Be aware, educated and vocal but don’t lose your soul. It’s worth more than all of them tied together. God Bless America!!!

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Bobby

Maintaining balance is vital. Overlooking our ability to effect change on various levels is a form of slothfullness.

Chief601
1 month ago
Reply to  Bobby

Well said, Bobby.

GunRunner
1 month ago

A cautionary word to Mr. Durham… watch your back when you start after anybody who would give Hillary up… Just what I believe…

Eino Yooper
1 month ago
Reply to  GunRunner

Arkancide is a definite possibility.

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago
Reply to  GunRunner

That is why I pray for God’s protection for Mr. Durham. It would be nothing to Hilary to order his execution.

Becky
1 month ago

Yah! Do the Commies really think all is forgiven???!
Still waiting for the Treason and Espionage hangings!
We want JUSTICE.

Ed
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

I hope you’re young, you’ll need to be if that’s what you’re waiting for. I doubt any “boomers” will survive long enough to a be a part of the reconstuction.

Stan
1 month ago

Sadly, it is evident that the top floor, of the DOJ has been corrupted by the Obama/Clinton regimes. Also, very sad that some Republicans blocked much of the Trump miracle.

Ken Feiler
1 month ago

Sure would be nice to see “our” elected representatives held up to the same standards as the rest of us. The corruption on high is appalling. Someone gets elected and then they appoint their cronies to lead various agencies and they become tools in the hands of a political party….as impartial service to the nation takes a back seat to party policy. Absolutely disgusting….
Anyone found engaged in such activities should be fired, tried and deprived of any benefits and pension immediately. This is the way the Klinton Krime Klan ran Arkansas, and later the Oval Office. It was their pattern Obama followed, even to the point of having Hilly in his regime to advise him in person how to do it all with the “deniability clause”…. All so he can say, “I knew nothing about it…” When in fact it was his orders that were being followed.
Everyone knew the Steele Dossier was a pile of lies made up to discredit Trump…EVERYBODY… And look how far they got with it. And no heads rolling ? Its an invitation to do the same thing all over again and Im seeing OBiden acting as O`Bama II…same crap different day. Our federal government is a political toy in the hands of “The Party”.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Anyone with an IQ over 80 knows Hillary is guilty of multiple crimes! Will she skate again?

Xtech
1 month ago

They’ll NEVER get her! Or B Hussein O.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Xtech

Correction, they caught her. It’s questionable as to whether they will charge her with the crimes

GunRunner
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

People who shine a light on the Clinton regime tend to stop breathing… just sayin’…

Robert M De Angel
1 month ago

It has been so long and the Demorats have been given a free pass so far. Will something really happen this time? E-mail server, Uranium to Russia, The Clinton Fund, the homes in Haiti, etc.,etc!

Ron Graves
1 month ago

The Clitons will be dead and honored and in their grave before the truth ever gets out if then. A lot of crooked politicians will have to die before that will happen.

GunRunner
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron Graves

Wrong! The truth about the Clinton’s will never be known…

David Millikan
1 month ago

Each and everyone of them including Hillary Clinton are GUILTY of CORRUPTION and GUILTY of TREASON.
The EVIDENCE speaks for itself.

David
1 month ago

As an “Independent Investigation” this is still under the auspices of the biden DOJ. There is no way any body but the lowest of the clinton flunkies will ever be charged, merrick garland will see that nothing that could be linked back to the clintons or any other democrat will ever see the light of day.

Becky
1 month ago
Reply to  David

If that’s the case, then it’s time to remove garland……

GunRunner
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

Why you thnk we fought so hard to keep him off the Supreme Court…

Luke
1 month ago

“Wake me up when Hillary and her aids are in prison”. THAT, is how most American voters will respond to this article. American rule of law is hopelessly hampered by bribery, due process and political gerrymandering. It simply takes entirely too long to execute justice when irrefutable fact and evidence point to clear guilt or innocence. Enough money will delay justice indefinitely. Again, the American taxpayer finances some of this crap.

Interesting to consider. . . The more time a politician or celebrity spends in front of a camera, the more they project who and what they really are; whether they’re lying or not and whether they intend to or not. Clinton, Obama, Schumer, Pelosi, Biden, Harris, the squad and multiple ‘news’ personality acolytes compromise themselves at every turn by their mannerisms, countenance, theatrics, phoniness and fraud. Who are they when nobody’s looking? Most of us can spot this behavior and sort these people out. The problem is that they have a lot of money and a platform to convince illiterate voters. And when that doesn’t work, they have enough money and influence to openly cheat. . .with impunity. Even the supreme court won’t touch ’em.

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