Special Counsel John Durham’s case against Washington Attorney Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI includes some interesting details about a political operative with longstanding ties to George Soros.
Daniel Jones is a former FBI agent who has performed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work for Soros. He was hired by a staffer for Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) to analyze electronic data supposedly connected to President Donald Trump’s alleged dealings with the Russian-owned Alfa Bank.
The now-debunked allegations are the focus of Durham’s continuing investigation.
The claims about a relationship between Trump’s real estate company and Alfa Bank were an integral part of the Democratic narrative that Trump colluded with Russian oligarchs to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary Clinton. The claims about Alfa Bank were proven false by the FBI. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of any overall conspiracy between Trump and any Russians.
Durham’s indictment of Sussmann has brought the Alfa Bank allegations back into the spotlight. Sussmann is a cybersecurity attorney who worked for the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.
The indictment against Sussmann claims that he lied to FBI agents about investigating the Alfa Bank allegations. He had provided research information to the FBI on September 19, 2016, that he claimed provided evidence of improper communications between Trump’s company and Alfa Bank.
In January 2017, Jones formed the Democracy Integrity Project to investigate the Trump-Russia allegations. He was formerly an FBI agent and also worked as a staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jones’s new firm was funded by George Soros and other wealthy progressives interested in national politics.
Financial and tax filings indicate that Soros gave $1.5 million to the Democracy Integrity Project in 2017 and 2018. Jones was closely associated with Fusion GPS and former British agent Christopher Steele, paying millions for research work.
Senate Democrats on the Armed Services Committee obtained information on the Alfa Bank allegations early in 2017, and Jones was hired to analyze the material.
The Washington Free Beacon has reported that Jones has been called to testify before the Durham grand jury. The Durham investigation is reportedly continuing, and it is unknown if additional indictments are forthcoming.