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Donald Trump said there would be ‘a lot coming’ from the special counsel investigating the FBI probe into the former president’s alleged collusion with Russia
Trump said special counsel John Durham would ‘fully expose’ the Russian collusion investigation during a Monday interview with the Epoch Times, calling Durham’s work one of the most important jobs’ in America.
On the show, Kash Patel, a former intelligence and defense official for the Trump administration, asked his former boss his thoughts on Durham’s investigation.
Trump said he believes in Durham’s investigation despite months of silence and called the collusion investigation against him the ‘crime of the century’ that affected the 2020 presidential election.
‘These are bad people,’ Trump told Patel, ‘So, I hope John Durham, for the good of the country, comes up with everything that you know took place, and that everybody knows took place, because it has been exposed.
‘It would be really nice to have it fully exposed.’
Trump said he believes in John Durham’s investigation despite months of silence and called the collusion investigation against him the ‘crime of the century’
Trump appeared on Kash Patel’s show on Monday to give his thoughts on Durham’s special council investigation, calling it one of the most important jobs being done in America
Durham (above) was appointed as special counsel by Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr in October 2020, and tasked with investigating whether the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe
The former president added :’It was so disgusting, what took place. And all of the things they said about me and Russia—it was them and Russia. It was them and Russia, they worked with Russia.’
Trump has long denied any illegal conspiracy with Russia in his 2016 campaign, insisting that the allegations were trumped up by his political enemies. Likewise, Democrats claim that Durham’s probe is a political hatchet job.
Durham was appointed as special counsel by Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr in October 2020, and tasked with investigating whether the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, code-named ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ was opened and conducted legally.
Trump also told Patel that while he wished Durham released information about his investigation before the election, it wouldn’t have really changed the outcome as he doubled-down on claims that he actually won the election.
‘It would have been nice to have been done before the election because they cheated viciously and crazily, what they did was so criminal,’ he said.
‘It would have been good if the voters would have known that, but it didn’t matter because I won the election by a lot anyway. So, it didn’t. Honestly, I don’t think that was the big defining moment.’
In September 2021, Durham indicted a cybersecurity lawyer, Michael Sussmann, accusing him of lying to the FBI during a September 2016 conversation in which he relayed concerns about potentially suspicious cyber contacts between a Trump Organization server and the server of a Russian bank.
The indictment alleges Sussmann told the FBI’s then-general counsel, James Baker, that he was not bringing the concerns to the FBI on behalf of any particular client when he was actually representing the Hillary Clinton campaign and a technology executive.
Sussmann has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have attacked the case as driven by politics rather than facts.
The first criminal charges in Durham’s probe were against Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI attorney assigned to the Robert Mueller probe, who altered an email during the process of acquiring a wiretap warrant renewal on Page.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.
Michael Sussman (left), a cybersecurity lawyer who worked on Hilary Clinton’s campaign, and FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith (right) were charged as part of Durham’s probe
Igor Y. Danchenko, a Russian-born analyst living in the United States, was arrested in November 2021 in Virginia by federal agents assigned to Durham’s special counsel.
He was charged with five counts of lying to FBI agents about the sources he used in collecting information for Steele, who is identified in the indictment only as ‘UK Person-1’.
Danchenko, 43, was the primary researcher for Steele’s dossier alleging that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign conspired with Russia in a covert operation to beat Hillary Clinton, and that Russia had salacious videos that could be used to blackmail Trump.
Many of the dossier’s claims remain unproven or have been debunked, though the document was cited by the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller in secret warrant applications to spy on a Trump campaign advisor.
The indictment alleges that Danchenko lied to federal investigators by saying that he had not gotten information about Trump from a certain US-based executive at an American public relations firm, who had deep and longstanding ties to the Democratic Party.
In fact, Danchenko did communicate with the unnamed PR exec, and used him as a key source for one or more of the allegations in the Steele report, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, the PR executive was a state chairman for both of Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and served as an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
Igor Danchenko, a Russian-born analyst living in the United States, was arrested on Thursday by federal agents assigned to John Durham’s special counsel inquiry
In June 15, 2017, Danchenko falsely stated that he had never spoken to the PR executive about information that later appeared in the Steele dossier, according to the indictment
Prosecutors allege that Danchenko’s false statements about his communications with the PR executive were ‘highly material’
He was also the chairman of a national Democratic political organization at one point, and actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to the indictment.
In an interview with FBI agents on June 15, 2017, Danchenko falsely stated that he had never spoken to the PR executive about information that later appeared in the Steele dossier, according to the indictment.
The indictment also suggests, without confirming, that the PR executive may have played some role in other aspects of the dossier, including its most salacious and inflammatory claims regarding deviant sex acts in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow.
The indictment notes that in June 2016, the PR executive stayed in the Moscow hotel and spoke with the general manager, whom Danchenko later claimed was his source for the explosive allegation.
Prosecutors allege that Danchenko’s false statements about his communications with the PR executive were ‘highly material’ in part because they influenced the FBI’s investigative steps as they probed the dossier’s claims.
Steele is a former British intelligence officer who prepared the dossier for Fusion GPS, which was working for a law firm that represented the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.