Friends with Benefits: Sussmann Trial Further Exposes the FBI and Washington Establishment – JONATHAN TURLEY
Below is a slightly expanded version of my column in the Hill on Sussmann trial and what it revealed about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the combined Russian collusion investigations. It also looks down the road at whether Special Counsel John Durham will be allowed to write the same type of public report that concluded the Mueller investigation. Here is the column: With the jury out in the trial of former 2016 Clinton campaign counsel Michael Sussmann, the usual odds-takers appeared on cable news, rating the chances of a conviction. Despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence against Sussmann, the jury’s makeup seems strikingly favorable for the defense. One verdict, however, appears to need little deliberation. It concerns the Department of Justice, and particularly the FBI. The trial confirmed what many have long alleged about how top officials eagerly accepted any Russia collusion claim involving Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Special counsel John Durham’s investigation, which led to Sussmann’s trial, is an indictment of a department and a bureau which, once again, appeared willfully blind as they were played by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Despite the trial judge’s rulings imposing strict limits on the scope of the trial evidence, Durham’s case still revealed new information on how the Russia collusion theory was pushed into the FBI and the media by the Clinton campaign. Perhaps the most ironic moment came when Sussmann’s defense team outed Clinton as personally approving the campaign’s effort to spread a baseless claim that the Trump organization maintained a secret channel to the Kremlin through Russia’s Alfa Bank. That claim was a real tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory without support. Durham previously disclosed how researchers tasked with supporting the claim were afraid it was so unsupported that they would be mocked. They argued, according to Sussmann’s indictment, that anyone familiar with analyzing internet traffic “would poke several holes” in the theory. One researcher warned: “Let’s assume again that they are not smart enough to refute our ‘best case scenario.’ You do realize that we will have to expose every trick we have in our bag to even make a very weak association.” Yet, the Clinton campaign did not seem remotely concerned about even minimal inquiries that might expose the lack of proof. The researchers were told to just worry about creating a “very useful narrative.” During the trial, Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias and campaign manager Robby Mook both said the campaign trusted the media to push the story. They were right: Slate quickly ran it, and then Clinton and one of her aides, Jake Sullivan (now President Biden’s national security adviser), released statements expressing alarm about the claim as if it were news to them. The Clinton campaign similarly pushed the infamous Steele dossier into the news, too, after secretly helping to fund it. And both the Steele dossier and the Alfa Bank claim was pushed to friends in the FBI. Regardless of what the jury decides regarding Sussmann, the combined record of the Steele dossier and the Alfa Bank claim makes the FBI look like an unindicted co-conspirator.

On the witness stand in Sussmann’s trial, for example, FBI general counsel James Baker was asked why it took him so long to turn over the most damaging evidence — a text message to him in which Sussmann said he was not representing any client in pushing the Alfa Bank claim to FBI officials. Baker explained that Sussmann was his friend and told prosecutors that “this is not my investigation. This is your investigation.” In other words, there was no reason for the Justice Department to expect that Baker, a former top Justice lawyer, would help to make the case against Sussmann. It did not help the optics when Baker left the Justice Department and joined Brookings Institution, liberal think tank linked to key figures who framed the early Russian collusion claims. For some, it seemed like not just friends but “friends with benefits.” Later, the supervisory agent for the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, Joe Pientka, sent a note to FBI special agent Curtis Heide, stating: “People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this server.” Pientka then messaged Heide: “Did you guys open a case? Reach out and put tools on?” That description of the apparent eagerness of then-FBI Director James Comey and others only magnifies concern over the bureau’s alleged bias or predisposition on the Trump investigation. It was the same eagerness that led the FBI to pursue the Russian investigation for years despite being warned early by American intelligence that the Steele dossier contained not just unsupported allegations but possible Russian disinformation. When FBI investigators were given Sussmann’s allegation, they were told by supervisors that it came from the Justice Department, not Sussmann. Even with that framing, however, investigators found what the Clinton campaign researchers feared — in Baker’s words, that there was “nothing there.” The FBI, however, went on to pursue the other Russia collusion claims. That effort would result in a conviction of FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith for making false statements by altering key evidence to obtain secret surveillance orders against Trump associate Carter Page. Another trial witness, the FBI’s Heide, admitted he is under investigation for allegedly withholding exculpatory information contradicting the premise of the Russia investigation. Previously, of course, another special counsel, Robert Mueller, never found any basis for criminal charges related to Russia collusion. But what is now even more striking is how so much of this information about “fired up” FBI officials and the role of the Clinton campaign mysteriously escaped Mueller and his team. The question now is whether Durham will be given the same opportunity as Mueller to write a report on his findings. All of these disclosures were made despite limitations placed on Durham by the court. Clearly, Durham is sitting on more information about how the collusion claims were packaged and pushed to eager friends in the media and the FBI. Before Mueller declined to press criminal charges on any Russia collusion allegations, Democrats in Congress insisted that he should not just issue a report but that the report should be released unredacted, including ordinarily secret grand jury material. There is no such hue and cry for a similarly unredacted report by Durham. If Durham does not issue such a report, much of the true story behind the Russia collusion scandal could be buried. Indeed, even if control of Congress were to flip to Republicans in November, the Justice Department could refuse to turn over investigatory material and information. That is precisely what many in Washington undoubtedly would like to happen. Yet, after the glimpses offered in Sussmann prosecution of still undisclosed evidence, the public deserves to have a full Durham report on how these scandals were conceived and crafted among “friends.” Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanTurley.

“Our Legal System Is Corrupt” – Trump Responds After Sussman ‘FBI-Russia-Hoax-Lie’ Acquittal
“Our Legal System Is Corrupt” – Trump Responds After Sussman ‘FBI-Russia-Hoax-Lie’ Acquittal Update (1600ET): Following the Sussman acquittal, Former President Donald Trump was quick to respond, raging that the legal system isn’t working properly… “Our Legal System is CORRUPT,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social, adding that “our Judges (and Justices!) are highly partisan, compromised, […]

Why America Decays: The Tyranny Of Self-Interest
Why America Decays: The Tyranny Of Self-Interest Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Only those societies which still have a functional public interest / common good will survive; those ruled by the tyranny of self-interest will fall. I’ve discussed the moral rot consuming the American Project in blog posts and my books. This moral rot–perhaps better…

Part of Sievierodonetsk controlled by enemy – Haidai

Part of Sievierodonetsk controlled by enemy - Haidai

Part of Sievierodonetsk controlled by enemy – Haidai

Russian invaders control part of the city of Sievierodonetsk in the Luhansk region, but they cannot move freely there.
Serhii Haidai, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said this during a nationwide TV marathon, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“The situation in our city remains extremely difficult. In
Sievierodonetsk, unfortunately, part of the city is already controlled
by the Russian army. A couple of days ago, they reported that the city
had already been captured, but this was not the case. Our guys are
there, they are repelling their [Russians’] attacks. That is, they [the
Russians] cannot move freely there,” Haidai said.

He noted that the Russians are now planning a military operation to clear the area around Sievierodonetsk.

“They are sending about a battalion of soldiers there who will pass
through the surrounding villages. They are moving equipment like
Solntsepek [heavy flamethrower] in order to simply burn our military,
together with the civilian population, they don’t care,” Haidai said.

According to him, the entire part of the Luhansk region controlled by
Ukraine is completely being shelled, but the enemy has no success in
the direction of Zolote, Toshkivka and Lysychansk.

The Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway is not controlled by the Russian military, but it is being shelled, he added.

Russia sends additional units to Snake Island, transfers two S-300 divisions to Crimea

Russia sends additional units to Snake Island, transfers two S-300 divisions to Crimea

Russia sends additional units to Snake Island, transfers two S-300 divisions to Crimea

Russian troops continue to strengthen the bridgehead on Snake Island by sending three Russian Black Sea Fleet boats there.
Serhii Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odesa Regional Military Administration, said this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

“There was no shelling in Odesa and the Odesa region on the night of
May 31. [Ukrainian] defense forces are performing combat missions. In
the Black Sea, the enemy has reduced the number of ships, with one
cruise missile carrier currently on duty there. Meanwhile, Ukraine is
being armed with missiles that will help drive the ruscists out of the
north-western part of the Black Sea, as well as from the temporarily
occupied Crimea and the south-eastern regions,” Bratchuk said.

According to him, the enemy is attempting to strengthen its
bridgehead on Snake Island, where it is sending additional units of the
Russian Black Sea Fleet, and to transfer two divisions of S-300
anti-aircraft missile systems to the Crimean peninsula.

“These are attempts to strengthen control over the north-western part
of the Black Sea. This once again refutes Russia’s claims about
so-called ‘humanitarian grain corridors’ to unblock the port of Odesa.
You can’t believe a single word from Russia: they lied, they are lying
and they will be lying,” he said.

Earlier reports said that Russian invaders had deployed about 15
pieces of military equipment on Snake Island, with two Russian ships
staying near the island

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Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion – BBC News

  • Russian troops are trying to encircle Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, targeting Ukrainian positions with artillery and heavy mortars
  • Russian troops are pushing north from the town of Popasna, attacking Ukrainian supply routes
  • Russia’s foreign minister says taking control of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine is an “unconditional priority”.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has reached its maximum intensity – Ministry of Defense

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has reached its maximum intensity - Ministry of Defense

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has reached its maximum intensity – Ministry of Defense

The fiercest fighting is taking place in
the Sievierodonetsk, Bakhmut and Kurakhove areas, with the Ukrainian
military restraining enemy offensives.
Oleksandr Motuzianyk, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense
of Ukraine, said this at a briefing at the Ukraine Media Center –

“Russian occupying forces do not stop conducting offensive operations
in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over
the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The fighting has reached its maximum
intensity, with Russian troops firing along the entire line of contact
and trying to fire artillery deep into our defenses. At the same time,
the assault is carried out in several directions. The fiercest fighting
is taking place in the Sievierodonetsk, Bakhmut and Kurakhove
directions,” Motuzianyk said.

He clarified that in the Sievierodonetsk direction, with the support
of artillery, the enemy is conducting assault operations toward
Toshkivka and Ustynivka. Outside Bakhmut, the invaders are regrouping
for a further offensive on Komyshuvakha, strengthening air defense.

“As for Sievierodonetsk, the situation is difficult, street fights
are already underway on the outskirts, and Ukrainian servicemen are
restraining the enemy’s assault. The task of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
is to prevent not only an enrcirclement but also any success of the
Russian occupiers in all directions. We have optimistic views on this
situation, but the situation remains difficult,” Moruzianyk said.

He stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are taking all
comprehensive measures to prevent the enemy from fulfilling its
intentions to surround Ukrainian forces near Sievierodonetsk and

“Over the past 24 hours, in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions,
Ukraine’s Armed Forces and other components of the [Ukrainian] Defense
Forces have repelled 14 enemy attacks, destroying two artillery systems,
eleven armored fighting vehicles and ten enemy vehicles. Air defense
units shot down two cruise missiles and three Kub drones,” Motuzianyk