Was it John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman? Or former FBI Director James Comey? Or Barack Obama?
Which, look, isn’t good! You shouldn’t lie to the FBI’s lead lawyer. Especially about who you represent (or don’t represent).
But the Sussmann indictment does raise a broader question: Is that the best that Durham’s got?
“I hope he’s doing a great job. And I hope they’re not going to be politically correct and I hope they do what — because the fact this was President Obama knew everything, Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything and everybody else knew everything.”
At another point, Trump declared that the Durham investigation would reveal “the greatest political crime in American history.” Trump repeatedly insisted over the intervening years that the Durham probe would show that “they spied on my campaign and they got caught,” though he never specified who the “they” was.
Except that aside from the Sussmann indictment and the August 2020 guilty plea an ex-FBI lawyer named Kevin Clinesmith who admitted that he had changed an email sent to another official who, like him, was involved in the surveillance warrant for former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, there haven’t been any charges out of the probe.
That’s it. That’s the sum total of charges that have come out of the Durham investigation, aka “one of the most important investigations in the history of our country.”
“The Durham probe is in its closing stages, people briefed on the matter said, and a possible deadline on any charges looms. Yet in a statement announcing the indictment of Sussmann on Thursday, the Justice Department said Durham’s investigation is ongoing.”
So, it’s possible that Durham still has some major indictments to come that will embroil major Democratic figures. Until Durham closes his probe, that still can’t be ruled out.
But prosecutors tend to lead with their strongest stuff first. And if this is the strongest stuff that Durham has, that’s pretty thin gruel.