Biden Advisor Named in Durham Indictment
White House national security advisor's role in Russia hoax exposed
Special Counsel John Durham's investigations into the origins of the Russia hoax have edged closer to the White House as a senior advisor to Democrat Joe Biden has now been named in an indictment.
A bombshell new report has revealed that Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is the "foreign policy adviser" mentioned in the indictment of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
In September, Sussmann was charged with allegedly lying to the FBI about his role in the early stages of the anti-Trump Russiagate probe.
The 27-page indictment says Sussmann told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker that he was not working for a client when he asked for a meeting.
During the meeting, Sussmann claimed he was acting as a "concerned citizen" and offered fabricated evidence of what he claimed was a secret communication channel between a Russian bank and Donald Trump.
However, the document states that Sussmann was being paid by at least two clients - the Clinton presidential campaign and a U.S. technology executive.
The indictment goes on to detail communications between Sussmann and other figures.
"On or about September 15, 2016, Campaign Lawyer-1 exchanged emails with the Clinton Campaign's campaign manager, communications director, and foreign policy adviser concerning the Russian Bank-1 allegations that SUSSMANN had recently shared with Reporter1," it says.
The "foreign policy adviser" is Sullivan, 44, according to Fox News, which cited two well-placed sources.
Fox News noted:
Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s White House national security adviser, is the “foreign policy advisor” referred to in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, according to two well-placed sources.
This is the closest Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation has come to anyone directly associated with the Biden White House.
The development marks the closest that Durham has come to anyone directly associated with Biden’s administration, according to The New York Post.
In addition to citing sources who identified Sullivan as the unnamed Clinton foreign policy adviser, a report by the Post's Paul Sperry further suggested that Sullivan may have committed perjury during closed-door congressional testimony in December 2017.
US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) — the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, which took Sullivan’s testimony — said, “It seems like a lot of the key Russia hoaxers fell upward and got promotions in the Biden administration.”
“If Jake Sullivan was involved in the hoax, he should come clean and give a full, honest account of his role — but I won’t hold my breath for that,” Nunes added.
At that time, Sullivan reportedly denied knowing any specific details about the campaign’s opposition research efforts or that Sussmann’s law firm was working for the campaign until October of that year.
During Tuesday’s White House briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if there’s “any conflict here that would preclude Sullivan from being able to carry out his duty.”
Jean-Pierre said she was unaware of the Fox News report — which had yet to post at the time — and declined to comment.
Jean-Pierre was also asked about the largely discredited "Steele Dossier" of anti-Trump opposition research.
The "dossier" was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, one of whose sources — Russia analyst Igor Danchenko — was arrested in connection with the Durham probe last week.
"I refer you to the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre said.
"I’m not going to comment on that from here."
Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to allegedly lying to the FBI by hiding the fact that he was working as a Clinton campaign adviser when he tipped off the feds about suspected electronic communication between Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization.