Ex-DNI: ‘Durham’s Next Arrests Will Be Hillary Clinton Operatives’
Investigation could lead for former secretary of state
Special counsel John Durham is now targeting Hillary Clinton operatives connected to the origins of the Trump-Russia probe over the now-debunked Steele dossier, according to former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.
Last week, federal agents arrested the primary researcher of the debunked "Steele dossier," Igor Danchenko.
The arrest came as part of the highly anticipated probe into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
Danchenko worked previously for the Brookings Institution, was arrested for allegedly lying to the FBI.
Danchenko was the primary source of the dossier, which was created by former MI6 agent Christopher Steel, used by the FBI to inquire whether Trump colluded with Russia.
“When I became the director of national intelligence, I said, ‘Listen, I want to see all of the intelligence about this supposed Russian collusion," Ratcliffe told Fox News.
“What I found was, and as you’re finding out, is there was, of course, no Russian collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but what I did see in intelligence documents, some of which I’ve now declassified, that there was collusion involving the Clinton campaign and Russians to create a dossier.”
The documents Ratcliffe said he had provided to Durham will now be used in the investigation, he said.
“I declassified the documents that we’ve talked about, but I gave John Durham over 1,000 other documents that have not yet been declassified that I know, including intelligence that goes specifically to this criminal activity that would be the basis for further indictments,” Ratcliffe continued.
He also added Durham’s grand jury believes the Steele dossier “is criminal in nature.”
Fusion GPS hired Steele to conduct opposition research on Trump during the 2016 election.
Washington-based law firm Perkins Coie had retained Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.
Claims within the dossier turned out to be false, which triggered criminal investigations as to why it was used as the foundation of a FISA court order to conduct surveillance of a then-Trump campaign aide.
Ratcliffe said that those involved in the creation of the dossier would now be in jeopardy.
“I know that that’s what John Durham is looking at, and as I talked about, this goes to the highest levels of our government and government agencies involved,” he added.
“I continue to think there will be many indictments based on the intelligence that I gave to John Durham and that I have seen,” he continued.
Last month, Durham also indicted former Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann, alleging he lued to former FBI General Counsel James Baker saying he was not representing a client when making claims the Trump Organization was communicating with a Russian bank.
In September, former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris said the arrest would eventually lead to Hillary Clinton.
“[I]t might be that we’ve finally caught up with Hillary,” Morris proclaimed.
“We don’t know yet, but I’m going to probe it, and I think that there’s some chance now.”
“The real point here is that this is the trail that leads to Hillary,” he said.
“The point is that that led to two years of investigating and almost impeaching Trump, and it was totally phony,” Morris added.