A constitutional expert says the recent indictment of one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign-linked lawyers for lying during the 2016 presidential election – where Clinton lost for her second time – has revealed the “bag of tricks” Democrats were using against then-candidate Donald Trump.
Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, explains in an online column about special counsel John Durham’s new indictment of lawyer Michael Sussman.
He’s accused of lying to the FBI, because testimony he provided to agents conflicted with his own testimony to a Senate committee.
But Turley explained the indictment “revealed quite a bit about how scandals are manufactured and manipulated in Washington.”
He said lawyers can find themselves “in legal jeopardy when special prosecutors found them holding a ‘bag of tricks.’ A dirty trick in politics can be a thing of beauty for a campaign — until it boomerangs on the tricksters.”
Turley pointed out the actual charge against Sussmann isn’t as significant “as the supporting narrative and facts disclosed by Durham in this prosecution.”
He said the more than two dozen pages of supporting material in the indictment fill in “a number of blanks” in “how the Clinton campaign pushed a false Russian collusion narrative despite the objections of its own researchers.”
Turley singled out a comment from one of the Clinton campaign “researchers”