Special counsel John Durham, who is leading an investigation into the FBI’s Russia collusion probe involving Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, made headlines this week with a grand jury indictment against attorney Michael Sussmann.
The indicated lawyer has ties to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and one prominent Republican said the latest development suggests he might end up becoming the next “fall guy” for the Clinton family.
“A long history”
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) appeared to express some concern for Sussmann’s safety, claiming, according to the Washington Examiner, that the Clintons “have a long history of their lawyers and agents disappearing.”
According to the 27-page indictment, Sussman is accused of lying to FBI agents by asserting that he was acting on behalf of any clients when he was actually representing the Clinton campaign and other Democratic-aligned figures while employed by the law firm Perkins Coie.
Nunes offered his take on the news during a recent interview with Newsmax TV host Greg Kelly.
Sussmann reportedly handed over materials to the FBI, ostensibly as a concerned citizen, that purported to show a link between Trump and Russia by way of a server in Trump Tower that was supposedly used for communication with Russia’s Alfa Bank.
“Conspired with really bad agents”
Democratic-aligned pundits and politicians ran with the unverified story, which Nunes insisted was the sign of a deeper conspiracy. For his part, Nunes told Kelly that the indictment was a “slam dunk” and provided evidence not only that Sussmann lied but that he routinely billed the Clinton campaign for his work.
“I would hope that this is only the first of several other indictments,” he continued, referencing his desire to see former FBI officials and Clinton campaign staffers held accountable for their actions.
“There was a conspiracy here,” Nunes added, as the Examiner reported. “You’ve heard me talk about this for many, many years. The Clinton campaign conspired with really bad agents and bad actors within the FBI and other locations.”
Calling conspiracy “a major charge” that can be “very, very broad,” the California Republican echoed the sentiment of countless other critics in wondering whether Sussmann would end up being the latest casualty in a long line of Clinton associates.
“We’ve seen that in history, remember?” he concluded. “We’ve seen people in history be the fall guy for the Clintons.”