- Editor’s note: After three years and millions of dollars expended, former AG Barr’s special prosecutor expanded a mysterious review into origin of Russia investigation, and has been dealt the first courtroom blow. But John Durham’s three-year-long probe has not uncovered explosive evidence of wrongdoing by the FBI. Instead, in this case, “the FBI was cast as a victim.”
“A federal jury in Washington on Tuesday found Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann not guilty on a charge of lying to the FBI.
“Prosecutors from special counsel John Durham’s office had contended that Sussmann misrepresented himself during a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel in 2016 in hopes of orchestrating an “October surprise” against rival Donald Trump.
“The two-week trial was the first arising from Durham’s three-year investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.”
“Former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro said he has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury later this week and turn over documents related to the Jan. 6 riot, including “any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or representative.”
“Navarro made the claim in a draft copy of a lawsuit he’s planning to file this week against the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The suit, which Navarro shared with NBC News, says the committee’s own subpoena to him is “unlawful and unenforceable” and should be thrown out by a judge.
“The House voted to refer Navarro to the Department of Justice on a criminal contempt of Congress charge last month after he snubbed the House committee’s subpoena for testimony and documents.
“In his 88-page draft lawsuit, first reported by The New York Times, Navarro said that last week “two FBI special agents banged loudly on my door in the early morning hours to present me with a fruit of the poisonous tree grand jury subpoena” commanding that he testify before and hand documents over to a grand jury on Thursday.”