White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has been identified as the “foreign policy advisor” referred to in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, Fox News reports.
Back in September, Sussmann, a prominent cybersecurity lawyer with deep ties to the Democratic Party, was indicted on charges of lying to the FBI in a meeting with senior officials in 2016. Sussmann had reportedly brought evidence to the FBI he claimed connected the Trump Organization to the Kremlin-connected Alfa Bank.
The indictment accuses Sussman of presenting himself as a simple concerned citizen without disclosing his connection to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to one count of making a false statement to a federal agent.
“On or about September 15, 2016, Campaign Lawyer-1 exchanged emails with the Clinton Campaign's campaign manager, communications director, and foreign policy advisor concerning the Russian Bank-1 allegations that SUSSMANN had recently shared with Reporter 1,” the indictment states.
According to Fox News, Sullivan is the foreign policy adviser referred to, a fact that was first reported by the Washington Examiner. Clinton's campaign manager was Robby Mook, and her communications director was Jennifer Palmieri.
Sussman's indictment came out of special counsel John Durham's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation. Sullivan is not a target of the Durham probe, and the indictment only describes him as a recipient of information.
When asked for comment, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told Fox News, “I don't know anything about what you're just mentioning. So I have to talk to our team.”
The allegations of a connection between the Trump campaign and Alfa Bank, brought to the FBI by Sussmann, became an issue in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Then-candidate Clinton tweeted about the allegations just days before she lost to Donald Trump.
“Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” Clinton tweeted, linking to a campaign statement from Sullivan that detailed the accusations.
Another recent indictment from the Durham probe has linked the 2016 Clinton campaign to false information that purported to show a link between Trump and Russia.
Last week, U.S.-based Russian analyst Igor Danchenko was indicted on five counts of lying to the FBI. Danchenko was the “primary researcher” for the Steele dossier — a discredited report that compiled various allegations and rumors accusing Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russian government to defeat Clinton.
The indictment claims Danchenko made false statements to federal investigators in 2017 by denying a relationship with a public relations executive and longtime Democratic operative who had close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. The PR executive was one of his sources for research that was included in the dossier.
Over the weekend, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said he expects “many indictments” to come from Durham's probe and suggested everyone who had a hand in creating the Steele dossier is in “jeopardy.”
“What happened with the Steele dossier, a grand jury is saying, was criminal in nature and I expect that all of the folks that are involved with creating it and peddling it falsely would be in jeopardy,” Ratcliffe told Fox News, “and I know that that's what John Durham is looking at, and as I talked about, this goes to the highest levels of our government and government agencies involved.”
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