According to a filing in federal court made public later Friday in Washington, DC, four of Hillary Clinton’s and her presidential campaign’s five associates are taking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to collaborate with Special Counsel John Durham.
The news came to light in a motion filed by Durham to target defendant Michael Sussmann and the Hillary Clinton campaign’s attempt to keep certain papers out of evidence on the grounds of attorney-client privilege.
Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI back in 2016 when he revealed a fraudulent connection between Trump and the Russian Federation through Alfa Bank. Sussmann supposedly presented himself as a worried citizen while concealing his work for the Clinton campaign.
Durham stated that while “Researcher-2,” who was given immunity from prosecution to get their testimony, was the only witness mentioned in the complaint, at least five additional witnesses who worked on the Russian Bank-1 allegations gave their intent to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley spoke about the filing:
“Durham is now attempting to provide immunity to a critical witness, while at the same time disclosing that the Clinton campaign’s allegations were deemed “not technically plausible” and “user generated” by the CIA. He also stated that at least five of former Clinton campaign contractors/researchers have invoked their Fifth Amendment rights.”
Turley also pointed out that Durham’s petition “also described how the false Russian collusion allegations were connected to Alfa Bank, via Christopher Steele and Marc Elias as Clinton General Counsel.”
Mr. Steele is a former British spy who was working for the research firm Fusion GPS to put out the phony Russia “dossier,” which triggered U.S. government surveillance of the Donald Trump campaign and fueled the larger “Russia collusion” conspiracy.
Elias is a well-known election lawyer for the Democrats who was involved in financing the “dossier” and went on to lead Democratic efforts to bring vote-by-mail to key battleground areas in the 2020 presidential election.
According to Durham’s filing, the government intends to introduce evidence of connections between the “Clinton Election Campaign leadership” and “Clinton Campaign Lawyer-1,” who is largely thought to be Elias, regarding the Alfa Bank hoax.
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