George Washington University law professor and self-proclaimed liberal Jonathan Turley said Friday on Fox News’ “Special Report” that Hillary Clinton will probably avoid “direct responsibility” in the Durham probe because of her “Voldemort-like status.”
Apropos of nothing, but since we’re busy comparing public figures to Harry Potter characters, I would like to point out that our short-lived disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz can be compared to similarly temporary-tenured Hogwarts Headmistress Dolores Umbridge. Just sayin’.
But back to the story at hand. Appearing with host Bret Baier on “Special Report,” Turley predicted Clinton would escape consequences like she always seems to. Rather than edit this down, I will let the professor’s words speak for themselves:
Hillary Clinton has always had a sort of Voldemort-like status of she who must not be named in a scandal. The Clintons have really been able to avoid direct responsibility in a series of scandals. And here was her campaign manager effectively dropping the dime on his former boss and saying, “Look, she approved it. She knew about it.”
Now, the reason that’s important is that this claim was utterly ridiculous. It didn’t have a basis. It was quickly rejected by people in the government, and it was without any foundation when people looked at it. But the Clinton campaign pushed it anyway. This Alfa Bank story was pushed by Jake Sullivan, now the national security adviser, and by Clinton herself. But the thing to keep in mind is that President Obama was briefed when he was president, that Hillary Clinton was planning to make a Russian collusion claim against Donald Trump to try to sort of get out of her own email issues during the campaign.
And we now have someone saying, “Yeah, she green-lighted the Alfa Bank claims,” which were completely without foundation. The Clintons are really quite adept at avoiding direct responsibility on some of these scandals, and I expect that will be the case here.
With the exception of false statements made to federal investigators, there’s not a lot that can be brought for charges against a wide array of individuals. That’s why the special counsel investigation is so important, if he can produce a report that finally sheds light on how this extraordinary campaign unfolded through the Clinton campaign.
Regarding the Michael Sussmann trial, Turley tweeted Saturday:
Clinton personally approved the plan to spread the false Alfa bank story. It was one of the most successful disinformation campaigns in American politics, and Mook implicated Clinton as green-lighting the gas-lighting of the electorate. https://t.co/GThwkeUXAb
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 21, 2022
Turley is referring to Special Counsel John Durham’s prosecution of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann. According to Durham, Sussmann lied when he claimed he wasn’t acting on behalf of any client when he told former FBI official James Baker about the false Alfa Bank allegation, which supposedly revealed a backchannel between the Trump organization and Russia. In fact, Sussmann was working for the Hillary Clinton campaign, as the trial is proving.
On Friday, former campaign manager Robby Mook directly implicated Hillary Clinton in the scandal, admitting that She Who Must Not Be Named “signed” off on the dissemination of the false Alfa Bank story.
Turley is usually right on the money, but let’s hope he’s wrong about Hillary skating. Clinton was behind—or at least knew of—one of the most insidious disinformation plots in our nation’s history, the Russia Collusion conspiracy, which hobbled our president for two years and cost this country in incalculable ways.
Harry Potter finally brought down Voldemort. It’s high time for Durham to do the same to She Who Must Not Be Named.