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Thursday, April 28, 2022
Ratcliffe predicts still-classified documents will blow Durham inquiry wide open
A great deal moreRussiagateintelligence remains shrouded from public view and will stun the nation, according to former Director of National IntelligenceJohn Ratcliffe.
The Trump-era spy chief expounded upon his expectation that there will be many more indictments in special counsel John Durham's criminal inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation.
"I expect there to be a lot more indictments to be forthcoming from John Durham besides the ones that have trickled out so far. And that's based upon documents, some of which — many of which are not yet declassified," Ratcliffe said during a recent episode of the Charlie Kirk Show.
Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas who oversaw the nation's 17 intelligence agencies in the latter part of the Trump administration, announced in October 2020 that he had handed over nearly 1,000 pages of materials to the Justice Department to assist Durham, who is revealing more secrets as he takes people to court.
Durham has two active prosecutions, including a case against the main source for British ex-spy Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier and a case against former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, whose trial is scheduled to begin next month. Durham has obtained only a single guilty plea, which came from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email about a Trump campaign aide under government surveillance.
"The coordinated effort here that took place in 2016 was wide and broad. I think it involved folks in the Clinton campaign, in the Democratic national party, elected officials, media officials, folks that coordinated — intelligence community officials, and on down the line," Ratcliffe said. "I'm not saying that every single one of those folks have criminal liability or exposure. I'm just saying this was a very coordinated effort and the more and more the public finds out about the things that I've seen that remain classified, they'll be more and more appalled by those efforts in 2016."
Ratcliffe also said that "there are folks that had access to classified information that didn't have the clearances to see that and saw it in places that were not secure," pointing in particular to the Alfa Bank controversy involving a now-debunked Trump-Russia link.