Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated a raft of documents he offered to particular counsel John Durham helps extra charges in his felony inquiry into the Russia investigation.
A current grand jury indictment towards Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer accused of mendacity to the FBI, is simply the tip of the iceberg, Ratcliffe teased throughout a Fox News interview on Sunday.
“Michael Sussmann’s is the primary of what I’d hope could be a quantity, based mostly on the actual fact — I offered not simply these declassified documents, however I offered 1,000 intelligence group documents that I believe support extra charges that I’d count on John Durham to deliver,” he advised host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures.
Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas who served as overseer of the nation’s 17 intelligence businesses within the latter a part of the Trump administration, introduced in October that he handed over almost 1,000 pages of supplies to the Justice Department to help with Durham’s investigation into the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation.
“At my path, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has now offered virtually 1,000 pages of supplies to the Department of Justice in response to Mr. Durham’s doc requests,” Ratcliffe said in a statement at the time. “I’ll proceed to make sure the Intelligence Community’s responsiveness to the DOJ’s requests. We additionally look ahead to supporting the DOJ in additional declassifications in keeping with their investigation. As the President has made clear, we have to be appropriately clear with the American folks and provides them the arrogance that the extraordinary work of Intelligence professionals is rarely misused or politicized.”
Ratcliffe also declassified two closely redacted Russia-related documents, together with handwritten notes from former CIA Director John Brennan exhibiting he briefed then-President Barack Obama in 2016 on an unverified Russian intelligence report. The report claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberate in July 2016 on tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee to distract from her improper use of a non-public e-mail server.
Sussmann, a former lawyer at Perkins Coie, is accused of falsely telling the highest FBI lawyer he was not representing any purchasers when performing on behalf of a expertise govt and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign throughout a September 2016 assembly on attainable hyperlinks between Trump and Russia. Sussmann pleaded not guilty to a cost of mendacity to the FBI, with attorneys insisting he by no means stated he did not have purchasers and was representing solely the expertise govt on the assembly 5 years in the past.
So far, Durham has obtained solely a single responsible plea from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an e-mail a few Trump marketing campaign aide underneath authorities surveillance.
“We stated there was FISA abuse. And Kevin Clinesmith was indicted on mendacity to the FISA court docket to spy on the Trump marketing campaign. And then, in your present, we talked about this actual fact, that the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign created the Trump-Russia collusion. And the intelligence group and the FBI knew that,” Ratcliffe stated on Sunday. “And they briefed not simply President Obama, however Vice President Biden and the complete nationwide safety group. I anticipated and stated there could be indictments forthcoming.”
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