John Durham’s two most recent indictments indicate that the special counsel is pursuing the notion that the Clinton campaign “ginned up bogus investigations” to manufacture the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, a columnist who’s followed the scandal since the beginning told Fox News.
A researcher who added key allegations to the largely debunked Steele dossier was arrested last week on charges that he lied to the FBI during five interviews. In September, a former Perkins Coie partner who fed information tying Russia to Donald Trump – and has suspected ties to the Clinton campaign – was also accused of lying to a top FBI official.
Both men were indicted as part of Durham’s probe and pleaded not guilty.
A third person with ties to both Russia and the Clintons was also implicated, though he was neither indicted nor charged with any wrongdoing.
But to fully grasp the significance of the accusations against both defendants, it’s essential to understand the full background of the complex and ever-evolving scandal.
Eli Lake, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, broke it down to its most basic level.
“The party in power, the Democratic Party, their candidate’s campaign paid for research,” he told Fox News. “There were prominent Democrats who helped feed that research product.”
Then, those Democrats “presented that research to the FBI, who in turn used it to use its vast surveillance powers against a U.S. citizen who was working with the opposition party’s presidential campaign,” Lake continued.
But he added: “I do not expect for there to be senior Democrats that will be indicted as a result of [Durham’s] work. But that does not mean that what he uncovers is not serious, it just means that the answer to every malfeasance is not always a criminal indictment.”