Posted on | May 23, 2022 | 37 Comments
John Durham has already won. Regardless of how the Michael Sussman trial ends, the Special Counsel has proven through evidence and testimony that the person responsible for the “Russian collusion” smear against Donald Trump was none other than Hillary Clinton.
The federal jury hearing the case against Sussmann, a lawyer who represented Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, may eventually acquit him. He is charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying he was not acting on behalf of Clinton when he tried to get the Bureau interested in bogus claims that Trump had a secret connection to Russia’s Alfa Bank. This is a very narrow and specific accusation, and the jury could find Sussmann’s defense against that charge credible.
Whatever the trial’s outcome in regard to Sussmann’s guilt or innocence, however, Durham’s prosecution has already shown in court that the claims about Alfa Bank were part of an effort to establish a “narrative” (a word Sussmann himself used) of secret connections between Trump and Russia, and that Hillary herself approved the campaign’s plan to leak this to the media. Of course, the role of the media in promoting the Trump-Russia “narrative” has been exhaustively demonstrated, but now that the damning truth about the whole sordid affair is a matter of sworn testimony in court, suddenly the media have lost interest. Tim Graham of the Media Research Center notes that the Washington Post (which breathlessly hyped the “collusion” fraud) buried its coverage of the Sussmann trial on Page A8, and didn’t mention the most important part — former campaign chairman Robby Mook’s confirmation of Hillary’s direct involvement — until the 25th paragraph of the story. And, as the MRC’s Curtis Houck observes, the evening news programs at ABC, NBC and CBS have completely ignored the Sussmann trial.
Sic semper hoc — when Democrats are involved in scandals, the media seeks to convey the message that it’s not really a scandal at all. If they can’t completely ignore a Democratic scandal, instead they spin the story about how “far right” Republican enemies have “seized” and “pounced” on accusations of Democratic wrongdoing. So here you have a scandal perhaps unique in American history — Democrats manufacturing a phony scandal in an attempt to discredit their opponent, then employing the Justice Department to pursue an “investigation” of this bogus scandal, in order to give it a semblance of reality — and yet the media keep trying pretend that this is not genuinely newsworthy.
When details of this were revealed in a court motion that Durham filed in February, Trump said: “This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution.”
Indeed. Michael Sussmann’s role in this scandal was arguably minor. He was one of many foot soldiers in the army of Democratic Party operatives pushing this concocted narrative about secret Russia-Trumpo connections. Whether or not Sussmann is convicted, there is no longer any doubt about who was really responsible. Her name is Hillary Clinton.
She’s guilty — GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!