Hillary was with Russiagate
Hillary Clinton lied about Russiagate. Hillary paid experts to create two sets of data, one allegedly showing Russian cellphones accessing Trump Wi-Fi networks and another allegedly showing a Trump computer pinging an Alfa Bank server in Russia. We’ve seen the lipstick on the collar before, but how do we know she went through with it all this time?
Because the former Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias has on May 18, 2022 during the study his former partner, Michael Sussmann, under oath oath. Special Counsel John Durham brought Sussmann to court for allegedly lying to the FBI and committing perjury. Sussmann claimed he was not working for a client, when in fact he was secretly representing the Clinton campaign. Small world: Sussmann previously represented the DNC in a lawsuit about the server break-in.
Elias also admitted briefing Clinton campaign officials, including Clinton herself, campaign chairman John Podesta, spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, and political director Jake Sullivan, now Joe Biden’s national security adviser. Elias also personally informed campaign manager Robby Mook.
In a bombastic moment in the Sussmann trial, Mook testifies that Hillary Clinton signed on to the plan to leak information about Trump’s connection with Alfa Bank, although she fears the connection is dubious at best. Mook’s testimony is the first confirmation that Clinton was directly involved in the decision to feed the Trump Alfa story. It explains some of her later actions.
Here is the new timeline of events revealing the “why” behind the timing of Russiagate:
On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey problematic a statement absolving Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing related to her private email server. That cleared what was seen as her last major hurdle to the nomination.
Then Wikileaks released information from the DNC servers showing Interalias, the Clinton campaign’s efforts to belittle Bernie Sanders. The leaks broke during the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and threatened to split the party. It was crisis time for the Democrats.
Simultaneously with the disclosure of Wikileaks and the sense of panic within the campaign at the 2016 Democratic Convention came Clinton’s endorsement of starting the Russiagate dirty tricks campaign (as witnessed by Mook in Smoking Gun One). That’s the specific “why” behind the timing of the Russiagate narrative.
On July 28, 2016, CIA Director John Brennan informed President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s plan to tie candidate Trump to Russia to distract the public (Smoking Gun Two). Why Brennan of the CIA briefed Obama on the internal strategy of the Democratic Party is unclear. However, heavily edited document explains: “We are gaining additional insights into the Russian activities of [REDACTED]. Cite the suggestion, allegedly approved by Hillary Clinton on July 26, by one of her foreign policy advisors to frame Donald Trump by fomenting a scandal alleging Russian security services had interfered.”
The FBI then opened its mass investigation into everything Trump-Russia on Sunday, July 31, 2016, coincidentally just days after Clinton originally authorized the dirty tricks campaign and just as the Democratic Convention ended with Clinton’s nomination , Crossfire Hurricane.
Crossfire Hurricane was opened on the alleged basis of information about Trump campaigner George Papadopoulos that an Australian diplomat passed to investigators. Many believe the timing of the probe suggests it was actually based on the Clinton campaign’s disclosure of the Steele dossier to the FBI, not diplomatic gossip about Papadopoulos. Steele himself leaked the dossier data to the FBI and the media, just as Sussmann leaked Alfa Bank data to the FBI and the media, claiming no connection to the Clinton campaign.
Brennan may have been personally tipped off for directing the Russiagate caper by Jake Sullivan, now Joe Biden’s national security adviser and most likely “foreign policy adviser” within the Clinton campaign. As CIA director, Brennan briefed Obama on Clinton’s signing of the dirty tricks campaign on July 26. His own agency would not come to the same conclusions until September 2016 forwarded to the FBI for an investigation referral about Hillary Clinton. If not from a tip, how did Brennan, always a public supporter of Hillary, know before his agency knew?
With the goal of an October surprise (a landmark political event that broke out in late October, early enough to affect the election but too late for the opposition to effectively refute it), Sussmann then met with the FBI attorney James Baker (who is now at Twitter) to present the history of Alfa Bank and the smartphone on September 18, 2016.
The FBI (via fraud) obtained the first FISA warrant for a Trump team member on October 21. and according to a press release by Jake Sullivan, Hillary tweeted on October 31, 2016 that Trump had a secret server communicating with Russia (Smoking Gun Three). She knew her campaign was being paid to create this information and get it public about Sussmann and a woman named Laura Seago.
Seago was an analyst at Fusion GPS, the organization that commissioned the infamous Steele dossier on behalf of Clinton. Seago testified at the Sussmann trial that she and others went to the home of journalist Franklin Foer to present the story and told him that it had been reviewed by “highly credible computer scientists” who “confirmed these allegations to be credible hold rails”. That worked story on October 31, 2016, coinciding with Sullivan’s statement and Hillary’s tweet suggesting that the server connecting Trump to Alfa Bank was being used as a secret communication tool. The story goes: “The knee was taken in Moscow, the leg kicked in New York.”
clearer? Comey cleared Clinton of legal troubles over her emails. The last hurdle for the nomination was overcome. Then revelations from WikiLeaks threatened to derail Congress. Something else was needed. Hillary signed Mook and Brennan’s Russiagate dirty tricks campaign. Just days later, the FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane based on either flimsy foreign gossip or the Steele dossier Clinton paid for. Hillary and Sullivan coordinated their revelations with the media, which made nearly identical claims.
So does it all matter? Yes. “The trial is the vehicle Durham uses to unearth the truth, to tell the story of a political campaign that in two instances pursued completely fabricated information… to mislead American voters.” said Kevin Brock, former FBI Deputy Director of Intelligence. The Sussmann trial shows that Hillary Clinton herself was both the beginning and the end of Russiagate’s false story. As far as dirty tricks go, this was one hell of a story to sell to a gullible public and media.
So what? Politicians approve of the fact that dirt is constantly being thrown at their opponents. The short answer? They do not spread outright fabricated lies, which constitutes slander. And Jake Sullivan, Biden’s active national security adviser, played a still-hidden role in all of this.
And what kind of president would Hillary have been if she’d been willing to lie like that to get elected? She is full of appetite, still active in her party and still a dangerous animal. The hateful Clinton still entertains that Trump has ties to Russia and has kept Russiagate alive through proxies to expose the Trump administration even after it lost the election.
The real uproar – the fact that Russiagate did not end in Trump’s victory – is chilling. Comey and Brennan repurposed false information from a campaign swab and turned it into bait, which they held up to Robert Mueller for three years in the hope that once he started exercising his powers as a special prosecutor, he would stumble onto something illegal. This was a coup Trial against an incumbent President.
Meanwhile, Twitter still hasn’t removed Clinton and Sullivan’s 2016 Russiagate tweets or flagged them as “disinformation.” That silence allows the lie a second life, which is important because Trump will almost certainly run for president again, and polls show almost half of Americans still believe he colluded with Russia.
It’s easy enough to still say “so what?” Most people who didn’t support Hillary Clinton concluded a long time ago that she was a liar and untrustworthy. Her supporters know she will never run for public office again, hence the anti-climax sentiment.
What matters in the end is less the details of Hillary’s lie than the fact that someone is about to be elected her want Lying about such things, treason, and claiming that their adversary is working for Russia against the interests of the United States, to which he would soon swear an oath. This week’s revelations and the way they fill in the “motif” in the timeline are bombs if you blow the smoke away.
Undoubtedly, in many minds, Clinton’s manipulations are measured against Trump’s transgressions, “whataboutism.” Those who think this way may have missed the day in kindergarten when everyone else was taught that two mistakes don’t make a mistake. Trump didn’t win to absolve Hillary of her sins.
And those who worry that the 2024 election could be stolen over simple vote counts are thinking way too small. If you really want to worry, think like a Clinton.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We Mean Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of World War II Japan, and Ghosts by Tom Joad: A History of the 99 Percent.