English actor, comedian, and radio host Russell Brand appeared to be genuinely surprised by recent reports that the 2016 Clinton campaign actually paid for the so-called “Russia dossier” on then-GOP presidential candidate and eventual nominee Donald Trump, though that information was known years ago.
Brand was likely responding to reports earlier this month that special counsel John Durham indicted Michael Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor and attorney for the Perkins Coie law firm, which acted as the go-between for the Clinton campaign and former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier. Sussmann has been charged with one count of lying to the FBI.
The focus of the allegation stems from a September 2016 meeting between Sussmann and then-top FBI attorney James Baker, who was a client at the time they met.
According to The New York Times, Baker “is said to have told investigators that he recalled Mr. Sussmann saying that he was not meeting him on behalf of any client,” which does not line up with what Sussmann told Congress in a 2017 deposition.
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“Sussmann testified that he sought the meeting on behalf of an unnamed client who was a cybersecurity expert and had helped analyze the data,” according to the Times, which seems to conflict with his remarks to Baker.
But the general background information — that the Clinton campaign paid for the Steele dossier using the Perkins Coie law firm as a conduit — was reported years ago during the Trump administration.
In a recent interview with Fox News, former Trump Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell explained.
“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,” Grenell said.
“That is so scary to think that politics permeated into the DOJ and to the FBI. This is what we call political prosecution and when it happens in third world countries we call it out,” he said about the false narrative that was used in an attempt to discredit candidate Trump and derail his presidency.
But Brand appeared to have been genuinely shocked by the revelation.
“The world moves so fast, there’s almost no time for history,” he said during a recent podcast.
“It seems like years ago that we were hearing that Trump is colluding with Russia, that he wouldn’t have won the election without Russia, that his whole presidency was a Putin plot,” he continued, a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Well, there’s now evidence that it was the Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton acolytes that were directly involved in the generation of what has proven to be an conspiracy, untrue” Brand continued. “Think about how much media you watched.
“Me, a person who I think, broadly speaking, is from the left, a liberal, certainly not a Trump supporter or Republican…I find myself in awe, gobsmacked, flabbergasted, and startled by these revelations that ‘Russiagate’ was a Democratic conspiracy,” Brand added.
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