Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has long advocated for a thorough investigation into the origins of a probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the 2016 campaign of former President Donald Trump.
Following the recent indictment of an attorney at the center of that probe, Nunes expressed optimism that additional charges are on the way and that “people are going to jail.”
Details from the indictment
The California Republican, who serves as a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, reacted to the latest development in an investigation by Special Counsel John Durham.
Attorney Michael Sussman has been charged in a 27-page indictment alleging that he lied to the FBI regarding his representation of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee when he handed over supposed evidence of improper communications between Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
Nunes has repeatedly expressed his belief that the Sussmann indictment is only the beginning of a broader effort by Durham to hold individuals accountable for allegedly seeking to frame Trump and damage his reputation ahead of the 2016 election.
In a Fox Business Network appearance this week, the congressman highlighted Sussmann’s “speaking indictment,” which he said was lengthier and more detailed than necessary for a simple charge of lying to federal agents.
The scope of that indictment, Nunes claimed, provided the framework of a broader conspiracy that could be filled in with additional indictments yet to come.
There appears to be some validity to the lawmaker’s speculation, as detailed in a report that Durham issued a slew of new subpoenas about a week after Sussmann’s charges were announced.
One of those recipients is the Democratic Party-aligned law firm of Perkins Coie, which employed Sussmann during the 2016 election cycle and is said to be involved in anti-Trump efforts originating within the Clinton campaign.
The firm reportedly represented both the Clinton campaign and the DNC and hired Fusion GPS, a firm affiliated with the Democratic Party, to conduct opposition research on the Trump campaign.
That mission resulted in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, which contained various unproven and vague allegations about Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia.
Nunes has been pushing back against the Russian collusion narrative for years, but the latest update signals that the fallout could reach into the Biden administration — particularly former Clinton campaign aide Jake Sullivan, who now serves as President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.