John Durham

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Appointed to review the Dirty dossier

John Henry Durham[1] is the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He is best known for leading an inquiry into allegations that FBI agents and Boston police had ties with the mob[2] and his appointment as special prosecutor regarding the 2005 CIA interrogation tapes destruction.

On 1 November 2017, he was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Connecticut's next US Attorney.[3] On 15 February 2018, his nomination to be the United States Attorney was confirmed by voice vote. He was sworn in on 22 February 2018.

On 13 May 2019, John Durham was appointed to review the origins of the Trump-Russia inquiry and to investigate whether the collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign was lawful.[4]

Indictment of Michael Sussmann

In September 2021, Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann was indicted for lying to the FBI by a grand jury empanelled by special counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of the FBI Russia probe into possible links between Russian officials and associates of presidential candidate Donald Trump.[5]

Michael Sussmann pleaded not guilty to the charge and his trial began in May 2022.[6]

Sussmann acquitted

On 31 May 2022, a Washington DC jury acquitted Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI, and the verdict is no doubt a disappointment for special counsel John Durham. But the case did perform a public service by exposing a major part of the 2016 Russian collusion dirty trick that hadn’t been previously told.

The evidence was strong enough to bring an indictment, and it was reinforced by a text message in which Sussmann had told FBI general counsel James Baker that he represented no client. In truth he represented the Clinton campaign, as billing records showed. But Mr Durham had charged Mr Sussmann with lying to Mr Baker in person, not in the text message, which the special counsel only obtained after he had filed the original indictment.

Mr Durham isn’t finished, and later this year he will bring a separate case that will tell us more about another side of the collusion tale—the Christopher Steele dossier. He has indicted Igor Danchenko, the alleged source of Steele’s information in the dossier, on five counts of lying to the FBI. Mr Danchenko has pleaded not guilty.

Evidence at that trial should reveal more details about the origins of the dossier smear and the role of the Clinton campaign and the media in spreading it. Special counsel Robert Mueller was supposed to have investigated all of this long ago, but he ducked the role of the Clinton campaign. Mr Durham’s task has been to tell us the rest of the dirty tale.[7]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Hillary Clinton Did ItArticle20 May 2022WSJ Editorial BoardAppearing as a witness in John Durham’s trial of Michael Sussmann, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, Robby Mook, says she personally approved a plan to give a false 'Trump, Russia' claim to the news media.


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