Grenell: New charges in Durham probe an important development

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Advisor to the President on Serbia-Kosovo Richard Grenell attends a press briefing at the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The administration officials discussed a U.S. led agreement between Serbia and Kosovo that attempts to normalize economic relations between the two countries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 04: Richard Grenell attends a press briefing at the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell called the new charges in the John Durham probe an important development. In an interview on Wednesday, Grenell called the probe a “swamp situation,” saying while the charges are an important development, they aren’t the key to the whole investigation.

“I hope that we have a lot of time to focus on these issues going forward,” stated Grenell in an interview. “The media that pushed this, I don’t believe that the FBI officials were duped by an outside lawyer working with Hillary Clinton who lied about his client.”

On Wednesday, Durham handed up charges against attorney Michael Sussmann, accusing him of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2016. Grenell said there’s a treasure trove of people lying under oath in the transcripts released while he was DNI. He added how scary it is to think politics permeated the Department of Justice and FBI just because everybody in Washington wanted Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election.

“Everybody in Washington…lobbyists, newsrooms, a whole bunch of people…wanted Hillary to win. So what did they do? They allowed this opposition research to become part of the DOJ and FBI,” argued Grenell. “That is what we call political prosecution, and when it happens in third world countries we call it out.”

Grenell called out Sussmann for presenting so-called evidence to the FBI that he said was from a source unrelated to Clinton, even though the evidence being presented was coming from a source that worked for her.

“Sussmann claimed it was a tip from a cybersecurity expert who had nothing to do with Clinton, even though he worked for her. Total coincidence,” he said.

The latest indictment accuses Sussmann of hiding his involvement with the Clinton presidential campaign during a conversation in 2016 held with the FBI’s general counsel. Due to Sussmann’s lack of transparency, he is accused of “depriving the FBI of information that might have permitted it to more fully assess and uncover the origins of the relevant data” according to the indictment filed by special counsel Durham.

However, Sussmann’s attorneys have claimed their client was indicted because of “politics, not facts.”

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