For supporters of former President Donald Trump, it’s been a long wait to find out what Special Counsel John Durham would uncover regarding the origins of the infamous Trump-Russia collusion affair. He did not disappoint. On Feb. 11, in a filing related to a criminal charge brought against Michael Sussman – an attorney for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign – Durham revealed what Mr. Trump and his supporters have suspected all along; that Clinton’s campaign created the conspiracy theory to discredit Trump and alter the outcome of the 2016 election.
While the anti-Trump media focused mainly on the now-discredited Steele dossier, compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele who was, by extension, on Clinton’s payroll, the tall tale of collusion began with supposed communications between a Trump computer server and a Russian bank.
Creating the Narrative
Sussman has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI, but it was his work with an executive from a technology company, named in the filing as “Tech Executive-1,” that set the wheels in motion. Fox News first reported the findings on Feb. 12. “Tech Executive-1,” working with Sussman and an unnamed Clinton campaign general counsel, believed to be the hyper-partisan Democrat operative Marc Elias, may have between them hatched the Trump-Russia collusion scheme. In any event, the tech exec. coopted researchers at a U.S. university “to mine Internet data to establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’ tying then-candidate Trump to Russia,” as the court filing puts it.
The gravity of what has been revealed could hardly be overstated. Clinton’s campaign paid a third party – in this case, a major tech company – to mine data from Trump computers, not only while Trump was a candidate but after he became president, “for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump.” What Durham alleges is political espionage; a modern Watergate, yet more dangerous.
Speaking to Fox News, GOP operative Kash Patel, a former aide to California Rep. Devin Nunes (R), may have summarized the revelations of the court filing best:
“Per Durham, this arrangement was put in motion in July of 2016, meaning the Hillary Clinton campaign and her lawyers masterminded the most intricate and coordinated conspiracy against Trump when he was both a candidate and later President of the United States while simultaneously perpetuating the bogus Steele Dossier hoax.”
It is, of course, unlikely the establishment media will report this development in Durham’s investigation which is highly significant, in that it answers the now-six-year-old question: was the collusion story based upon real evidence or was it created to derail Trump’s presidential campaign? There can now be little doubt – in fact, no doubt – as to the answer, if there ever was.
Who will pay the price? It is a sad but true fact that none of Trump’s followers hold out much hope that the hand of justice will reach out and touch the people on whose behalf, and no doubt with whose knowledge and approval, this nefarious scheme was perpetrated. It is worth reflecting that Democrats and their media minions often decry threats to democracy but will never acknowledge that the Clinton campaign’s scheme rises to the level of an ultimate threat to the democratic tradition of this constitutional republic.
If there is any consolation, it is, first, that more indictments are surely on the way and, second, that any plans Mrs. Clinton may have harbored of making another White House run will be all but crushed under the weight of Durham’s total discovery. Who knows? Perhaps that is why the Biden Justice Department has not, in two years, engineered a way to bring the special counsel’s investigation to an inconclusive end. After all, if Mr. Biden is serious about seeking a second term, Clinton may have been the person to whom Democrats anxious to replace him before the 2024 election would have turned.
~ Read more from Graham J. Noble.