Is This Text Message a Smoking Gun?
A new court filing by Special Counsel John Durham includes an incriminating text message from Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, and for the first time suggests that Clinton’s campaign and other parties formed a “joint venture or conspiracy” to harm former President Donald Trump’s political future.
“These parties acted as ‘joint venturer[s]’ and therefore should be ‘considered as co-conspirator[s],'” Durham wrote in the filing.
Additionally, Durham revealed a text message from Sussmann, erroneously telling then-FBI General Counsel James Baker that he wasn’t working on behalf of any client when he delivered the now-discredited Steele dossier in 2016.
“Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” Sussmann texted Baker on Sept. 18, 2016, according to court documents. “Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
Prosecutors said that Sussman eventually admitted in a congressional testimony that he had been working on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
“The defendant lied in that meeting, falsely stating to the General Counsel that he was not providing the allegations to the FBI on behalf of any client,” the filing read.
“In fact, the defendant had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including (i) a technology executive (“Tech Executive-1”) at a U.S.-based Internet company (“Internet Company-1″), and (ii) the Clinton Campaign.”