The last time we referenced the Alfa Bank hoax--Alfa Bank Redux--Starring John Durham!--I pointed out that the importance of the fact that Durham is pursuing the Alfa Bank Hoax angle with grand jury subpoenas lies in where that inquiry leads: Straight to the Clinton and, now, the Biden campaigns and organizations:
The Alfa Bank hoax "dossier" memo was written up by Christopher Steele at the express direction of Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Sussmann then took the story directly to the FBI--to a friend of his, James Baker, who happened to be FBI General Counsel, i.e., Comey's top lawyer. Knowing Sussmann as he did, Baker also knew that this hoax story was coming straight from the Clinton campaign. Add that background to the involvement of Daniel Jones and Jake Sullivan in the Alfa Bank hoax (see above), along with the fact that James Baker has long been believed to be cooperating with Durham and we come to this: Durham's conspiracy net is attempting to catch some of the biggest fish in the Dem hierarchy, central figures in both the Clinton and now the Biden campaigns.
The theory that draws these non-government actors into Durham's big picture conspiracy case is they provided false information--false statements, so think 1001--to the government, the FBI. The fact that the FBI would have known the information was false in beside the point. It was a form of information laundering--Hey, we received allegations, we investigated them: Wink, wink!
Today David Steinberg, at the end of a much longer article:
Durham’s grand jury reportedly is considering if false information about a Trump backchannel to Putin may have been knowingly passed to the U.S. government.
makes a very smart observation about the lawyers involved in this--Michael Sussmann and/or Marc Elias. Make no mistake about it, these guys--the legal brains behind multiple Dem presidential campaigns and behind the entire Dem political organization--are VERY big fish. Steinberg points out that if they can be implicated in false statements or any other criminal violation related to the Russia Hoax (via its sub-hoax, the Alfa Bank Hoax), then Durham could pierce their attorney-client privilege. Is so, it's Katie bar (Barr?) the door time:
Durham’s grand jury, however, only must establish probable cause for an indictment of a particular crime. It is reportedly considering if false information about a Trump backchannel to Putin may have been knowingly passed to the U.S. government. If it finds that Michael Sussmann or Marc Elias knowingly violated the law on behalf of the Clinton campaign or the DNC, then federal investigators can pursue breaking that attorney-client privilege.
Surely, that’s where the complete history of the plot against the president is to be found.
For my part, I'm gonna trust Trump to win this election. I'll take that gamble, because ...
Do you see how high the stakes are? Do you see the long game that a guy like Rudy can see? Do you really think Trump doesn't see it, too? And Barr?
The Alfa Bank Hoax may seem laughable and a side show, but in terms of how Durham gets from A to Bingo, Gotcha, it could prove to be very important.