Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan – who worked for Hillary during 2016 presidential race – tied to conspiracy to trick FBI into investigating Trump for Russian collusion
- Sullivan was 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisor
- He was referenced in an indictment that said he had knowledge of Clinton’s campaign working to unearth information on the alleged Alfa Bank scandal
- Sullivan denied any knowledge of intelligence-gathering related to the scheme
- If he is found to have lied under oath, he could be convicted of perjury and jailed
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan might have lied under oath to investigators who were probing whether his former boss Hillary Clinton used federal agencies to smear Donald Trump as colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sullivan – who served as Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser during her failed presidential bid – was identified by his campaign position in a grand jury indictment handed down last week against Michael A. Sussmann, a partner in a law firm that represented Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The criminal complaint alleged Sullivan was briefed about a mission to gather intelligence about Trump’s alleged ties with a Russian bank ahead of the election.
If the indictment is accurate, it contradicts Sullivan’s 2017 congressional testimony during which he claimed to have no knowledge of the company that helped lead the research mission.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is accused of lying under oath about his knowledge of a mission to dig up dirt between former president Donald Trump and Alfa Bank
Sussman was indicted for allegedly telling the FBI in September 2016 that he was not doing work ‘for any client’ when he requested a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel to warn them of concerns from cybersecurity researchers of potentially suspicious contact between Russia and the Trump team.
The grand jury said the blame doesn’t end with Sussman: In its 27-page indictment, it referenced Sullivan as being involved in an effort to trick the FBI into investigating Trump for Russian collusion.
He’s not named, but Sullivan in the indictment is referred to as Clinton’s ‘foreign policy advisor,’ who communicated with Sussman’s law partner Marc Elias ‘concerning the Russian bank allegations.’
Prominent cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussman pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment
Sullivan was briefed on evidence that suggested Trump was using a secret server to communicate with the Moscow-based Alfa Bank, sources told RealClearInvestigations.com.
He was others participating in Clinton’s research team, including the Washington-based Fusion GPS. Sullivan was briefed on Fusion’s data, the outlet reported.
However, during congressional testimony in December 2017, Sullivan claimed under oath that he knew nothing of the research.
Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton frequently called on former president Donald Trump to answer to accusations he colluded with Russian officials
“Marc [Elias] … would occasionally give us updates on the opposition research they were conducting, but I didn’t know what the nature of that effort was – inside effort, outside effort, who was funding it, who was doing it, anything like that,” Sullivan said.
If Sullivan is found to have lied to congress, he could be charged with a felony and be sentenced to up to 5 years imprisonment.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Sullivan, who now serves under President Joe Biden, previously served as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state.
Clinton frequently called on Trump to answer allegations he colluded with Russia, an allegation that generated a great deal of buzz both on and off the campaign trail.
Trump has repeatedly denied the claims.
Former president Donald Trump has denied accusations of Russian interference in the vote
Claims that Trump used a secret server to communicate with the Russians has never been proven.
However, a dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted in June 2018 over allegations they attempted to sway the 2016 vote by hacking into Democratic party and Clinton campaign emails.
The male hackers adopted pseudonyms from genuine-sounding names like Kate S. Milton and James McMorgans to more bizarre options like djangomagicdev and realblatr as they fired off phishing emails aimed at getting their targets to reveal sensitive information.
This information was then spread through fake social media accounts and websites. Bitcoin transactions worth $95,000 were used to purchase domain registrations and computer servers while maintaining anonymity, according to the indictment.