Does Biden’s Top Security Adviser Have a Major Conflict of Interest?
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Republican lawmakers are accusing President Joe Biden’s top security adviser of a conflict of interest and calling for him to step down after Special Counsel John Durham’s bombshell new court filing.
Durham’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation moved closer to the White House late last year with a report that Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was the “foreign policy adviser” mentioned in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
A new court filing by Durham alleged Clinton’s 2016 campaign paid a tech firm to infiltrate Trump Tower servers and later White House servers to establish a connection between former President Donald Trump and Russia.
At the time, Sullivan was Clinton’s foreign policy adviser. On October 31, 2016, he put out a statement amplifying the narrative that Trump was a Russian asset.
“This secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia,” the statement read.
After news of Durham’s latest filing broke, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said Sullivan should be removed from office if the allegations are proven true.
“No one who has spied on the White House is fit to serve in the White House. Jake Sullivan is already a notorious partisan and if he participated in Clinton’s illicit spying on President Trump, he must be removed from office and held responsible,” Banks said.
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) said it was “hard to believe” such a high level of privacy invasion could have occurred without the Clinton campaign’s knowledge.
“If these allegations prove true, I would find it hard to believe that there was potentially some type of collusion with a tech company that had access to servers and computers to spy on the Trump campaign – and potentially the White House – without authorization from top officials in the Clinton campaign,” Waltz said.
The Daily Mail reported on the situation, writing: “Top Republicans are now questioning whether the Biden official with a heavy hand in US foreign policy knowingly promoted faulty information while hiding his boss’s link to it. The timing of the matter raises particular concerns about Sullivan’s role in the US response to the rapidly worsening crisis between Russia and Ukraine.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted: “Jake Sullivan pushed the Russia hoax. He knew it was a lie. He now works in the Biden White House.”
“Jake Sullivan’s involvement in the Russia collusion hoax is a clear conflict of interest, and he should not be allowed to speak on behalf of the U.S. as Russia-Ukraine tensions heighten,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said on Monday.
Conservative Political Action Conference chair Matt Schlapp called for Sullivan to resign from his role in the Biden administration.
“With the revelations that Trump was indeed spied on during 2016 and deep into his presidency it is time for anyone complicit in this crime resign from the Biden Administration and be charged. Jake Sullivan must step down,” Schlapp said.
Republicans drag Biden’s NSA Jake Sullivan into center of Durham’s Russia probe for LYING by saying Trump had ‘hotline’ to Kremlin bank and ‘receiving information’ from Clinton lawyer indicted for lying to the FBI