Yesterday I ran with the Alfa Bank Redux story. Please follow the link if you need to refresh yourself about that hoax--probably the first part of the Russia Hoax that truly went public during the 2016 election. Dexter Filkins at the New Yorker--one of the original purveyors of the hoax, which was quickly debunked by the FBI--is trying to resurrect the hoax for a very specific reason.
Filkins, in his article, breaks the news that John Durham is taking what looks like a very deep dive into the origins of the Alfa Bank hoax. In doing so Durham has subpoenaed several of the hoaxters before a grand jury. Among those subpoenaed is Daniel Jones. Another participant in the hoax--and possibly one of its originators--was Jake Sullivan, who is currently a top adviser to none other than Joe Biden. Filkins is sounding the alarm about the, um, alarming direction Durham's investigation has taken--signaled by Durham's subpoena to Daniel Jones. Here's how I described Jones' background yesterday:
But let's turn to John Durham's interest in the Alfa Bank hoax. And Filkins has some interesting things to tell us about that.
We've seen that Durham has summoned various people connected to the Alfa Bank hoax before a grand jury--including Daniel Jones:
After college, he worked as a middle school teacher with Teach For America, an AmeriCorps national service program. Jones spent four years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before joining the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence under the leadership of its then-Chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller. Jones subsequently worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein when she became Chairperson of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
To those who pooh pooh the Barr/Durham investigation, I ask: Do you or do you not want Daniel Jones in front of a grand jury? If that squib from Wikipedia isn't enough to pique your interest regarding Jones' involvement with the Alfa Bank hoax, consider what Sean Davis has to say about Jones' activities after the 2016 election:
A declassified congressional report confirms that Daniel Jones, a former intelligence committee staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, hired Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to push the Russian collusion narrative against Donald Trump.
A declassified congressional report confirms prior reporting by The Federalist that Daniel Jones, a former staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), hired Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele after the 2016 election to push the anti-Trump Russian collusion narrative.
According to the report, Jones, who runs an investigative outfit called the Penn Quarter Group (PQG), told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in March of 2017 that he had retained the services of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to “continue exposing Russian interference” in the 2016 election. Steele is the former British spy who authored the infamous unverified dossier of allegations against President Donald Trump.
Although Jones’ name is redacted in the report, the biographical details plus previous reporting on the matter make clear that he is the individual referenced. The report also revealed that Jones told federal investigators that he had raised $50 million from “7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California.”
There was big money backing Jones and the scorched earth war on Trump.
In other words, Daniel Jones is at the center of the Deep State. Those “7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California” did not give him Jones $50 million on some sort of whim--they were looking for tangible results--along the lines of the removal of Trump from office by hook or by crook. Speculation is that Jones was the connection between the "resistance" operatives within the Intelligence Community and the outside world--the MSM, the Dems in the legislative branch, etc.
The subpoena to Jones is a measure of just how serious Barr and Durham are. They would never have subpoenaed someone so connected unless they were deadly serious and unintimidated by the Left's hysterical attacks on their investigation. Think about that in the context of what I wrote about Barr's determination to forge ahead on his efforts to pull the Deep State inside out. Compare that to what SWC has recently written about Jones (Durham’s Investigation Has Taken an Interest A Person Named Daniel Jones — The Implications are Uncertain At This Point):
An investigation of Jones and his organization will certainly lead to exposure of Jones’ communications, and all the financial transactions between Jones and his clients and partners.
THAT could go anywhere — including back to Democrat Senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
I would maintain that that is only a small part of what an investigation of Jones could lead to.
Consider this. I simply can't conceive that Durham is calling Jones before the grand jury on a whim, without having conducted a searching background investigation of everything connected to Jones. If Durham sent Jones a grand jury subpoena to testify before the grand jury, IMO it's for sure that he has also issued grand jury subpoenas for everything in Jones life that could conceivably be obtained via grand jury subpoenas. That would, as SWC says, focus on communications and finances. Moreover, before quizzing Jones on all that, Durham would have reviewed that mountain of material and followed out all leads that arose from it. And my belief is that Durham would not be calling Jones before the grand jury if he hadn't already developed bona fide investigative leads that he has followed out. That's too serious a step to take just to show how thorough an investigator he is.
The time span from the beginning of the Russia Hoax to the beginning of Durham's investigation covers several years. Jones probably never envisioned anything like the Barr/Durham investigation, and in that frame of mind it's hard to maintain a strict operational security. People lose their security consciousness and make mistakes. It's hard to imagine that Barr and Durham are going down this road unless they've discovered some of those mistakes.