According to Fox News, National Security Adviser to President Joe Biden Jake Sullivan is the “foreign policy adviser” named in the indictment against Hillary Clinton’s former campaign lawyer. There is no suggestion that Sullivan is the target of the John Durham Special Advice on the origins of the Russia investigation.
Republicans are calling for increased scrutiny of President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan after the longtime Democratic operative’s ties to Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation were restored following a high-profile new lawsuit.
Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russian investigation came close to the White House late last year after reports that Sullivan was the “foreign policy adviser” named in the indictment to former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
In September, Sussmann was charged with allegedly lying to the FBI and pleaded not guilty.
But a new Durham lawsuit surfaced over the weekend alleging that the Clinton campaign in 2016 paid a tech firm to infiltrate the Trump Tower servers and then the White House servers to establish a connection between Donald Trump and Russia.
Without naming Sullivan, Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida told DailyMail.com that it was “hard to believe” that such a high level of invasion of privacy could have taken place without the knowledge of the Clinton campaign.
“If these claims are true, I would have a hard time believing that there was potentially some kind of collusion with a technology company that had access to servers and computers to spy on the Trump campaign – and possibly the White House – without permission from above. officials in the Clinton campaign,” Waltz said.
Amid outrage over new allegations of espionage, Clinton’s past tweet set off a firestorm and renewed attention to Sullivan’s role in possibly spreading lies about the then-candidate and then President Trump.
Leading Republican lawmakers are demanding increased scrutiny of Sullivan after the latest Durham court lawsuit alleged that the Clinton campaign paid a tech firm to infiltrate the Trump team’s servers. Sullivan was Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser in the presidential election.
Clinton shared a statement by Sullivan, her campaign’s top foreign policy adviser, on October 31, 2016, just days before the presidential election. This was in response to a Slate article on a group of computer scientists who claimed to have uncovered a connection between Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
“This could be the most direct link between Trump and Moscow,” Sullivan said. “Geeks have apparently discovered a secret server linking the Trump organization to a Russian bank.”
He added: “This secret hotline could be the key to unraveling the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia.”
Senior Republicans are now questioning whether a Biden official with a heavy hand in US foreign policy was knowingly promoting false information while hiding his boss’s connection to it. The timing of this question raises particular concerns about Sullivan’s role in the US response to the rapidly escalating crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
“Jake Sullivan pushed through the Russia hoax. He knew it was a lie. He now works in the Biden White House,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio tweeted on Monday.
Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee accused Sullivan of a “conflict of interest” in his current efforts to de-escalate relations with Moscow.
“Jake Sullivan’s involvement in the Russian collusion hoax is a clear conflict of interest and should not be allowed to speak for the US as tensions escalate in Russian-Ukrainian relations,” Blackburn said on Monday.
Prominent Republicans came down hard on Sullivan and his former boss, Hillary Clinton.
She also said that Sullivan “lied to the American people in the hope of winning the election.”
Conservative Political Action Conference Chairman Matt Schlapp demanded that Sullivan leave his position in the Biden administration.
“After it became known that Trump was indeed spied on in 2016 and during his presidency, it is time for everyone involved in this crime to leave the Biden administration and face charges. Jake Sullivan should retire,” Schlapp said.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that if this turned out to be true, the actions of the Clinton campaign would be “unacceptable.”
“Special Counsel Durham’s lawsuits suggesting that the Clinton campaign may have been involved in an organized attempt to infiltrate the Trump campaign are unacceptable and should not be swept under the rug,” Graham said Tuesday.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz cited the Clinton campaign as well as the mainstream media as largely ignoring the filing.
“Corrupt corporate media, with bated breath, covered all the contours of the Russian lies spread by Hillary and her henchmen. Now it’s been revealed that Hillary’s team paid to break into the White House and Trump Tower, crickets! Zero coverage on NBC, ABC and CBS morning shows. The silence is deadly! Cruz said Monday night.
Clinton Sussman’s 27-page indictment alleges that he told then FBI General Counsel James Baker that he was not working for a client when the client asked for a meeting where he presented evidence of what he claimed was a secret communications channel. between Donald Trump and Russian Bank.
But the document goes on to claim that he was actually paid by at least two clients – the head of US technology and the Clinton campaign.
“On or about September 15, 2016, Campaign-1 lawyer exchanged emails with Clinton Campaign Manager, Communications Director and Foreign Policy Adviser regarding Russian Bank-1 allegations that SUSSMANN recently shared with Reporter1,” the post reads.
Blackburn questioned the White House’s silence on the matter after the daily briefing.
Sullivan, 44, is the foreign policy adviser, according to Fox News, citing two authoritative sources.
In Durham’s statement on Friday, he described how Sussman “collected and turned over allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a CTO (CTO 1) named Rodney Joffe at an American Internet company. company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.”
The document also shows how Joffe worked with Sussman at the behest of the Clinton campaign to “gather alleged data and official documents” — essentially to collect information that would link Trump to Russia.
When asked about the revelations on Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly said she “couldn’t talk” to Durham’s statement and forwarded questions to the Justice Department.
Blackburn called Jean-Pierre about it on Twitter on Monday night: “Why is the White House refusing to comment on Jake Sullivan’s role in fabricating evidence against President Trump?”
Sullivan has been a key figure in Democratic circles since 2008, when he was Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser before joining Barack Obama’s general election team.
Special Counsel John Durham (left) investigates the origins of the Russia investigation. In September, Michael Sussman was charged. He denies the FBI lies
The Durham investigation appears to have entered a critical phase. Last week, a grand jury returned the indictment to Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst accused of being a key source in the Steele dossier.
He is charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.
When Clinton became secretary of state, Sullivan became her deputy chief of staff, and in 2013 became vice president Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
There is no suggestion that Sullivan is the subject of a Durham investigation, only that he received information from Sussman.
The White House sent requests for comment to the Justice Department.
“I will not comment on this from here, from the podium,” said First Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Trump has long denied any illegal collusion with Russia during his 2016 campaign, insisting the charges were fabricated by his political enemies. Similarly, Democrats say the Durham investigation is a political axe.
Former President Donald Trump this week praised Durham’s performance, saying “this is all leading to the Democrats,” Hillary said. [Clinton] and dirty lawyers during a Fox News interview
Durham was appointed Special Counsel to Trump Administration Attorney General Bill Barr in October 2020 and was tasked with investigating whether the FBI investigation between Trump and Russia, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane”, was open and legal.
The first criminal charges in the Durham investigation were against Kevin Klinesmit, the FBI attorney assigned to the Robert Mueller investigation, who altered the email in the process of obtaining an extension of Page’s wiretapping warrant.
Igor Danchenko was arrested last week by US federal agents.
Clinsmith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.
Last week, a key source was arrested in the US for providing information to ex-British spy Christopher Steele for his “dirty dossier” allegations against Donald Trump.
On Thursday in Virginia, federal agents assigned to the Durham investigation arrested Russian-born analyst Igor Danchenko, who lives in the United States, according to the Justice Department.
He is charged with five counts of lying to FBI agents about the sources he used to gather information for Steele, who is only listed as “British Person-1” in the indictment.
Danchenko, 43, was the primary investigator on the Steele dossier, which alleged that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton and that Russia had obscene videos that could be used to blackmail Trump.
Trump himself has repeatedly praised Duram’s efforts.
The 75-year-old former president predicted that the Durham investigation, which he was first assigned to in April 2019, would show “this is all leading to the Democrats, Hillary [Clinton] and dirty lawyers.
“It really came to light,” Trump told Fox after Durham filed the second of two indictments. “To be fair, although it took a long time, I take my hat off to John Durham.”
“Hats off because it’s coming out and it’s coming out on a level – Durham has come out with absolutely amazing stuff.”