For two years, John Durham, the Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, has led a probe into the FBI’s Russia Investigation. Now, a new round of subpoenas have been issued, including to a law firm with ties to Hilary Clinton’s election campaign in 2016.
The new subpoenas come after Michael Sussman, the Clinton campaign lawyer, was charged with lying to the FBI in 2016 when he turned over documents suggesting links between the Trump Organization and the Alfa Bank in Russia. However, the FBI could never find a viable link between the two (Vox). Now, he has turned his attention to the law firms with ties to Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
The Special Counsel already has access to many documents of the targeted law firm like meeting calendars and billing records, but has requested access to more that have been traditionally guarded by attorney-client privilege (CNN).
Shortly after the 2016 election, the FBI launched an investigation into the election results to see if there was any evidence that Trump was colluding with Russia to influence the election results. The investigation led to 34 indictments and 8 guilty pleas, although none alleged that Trump advisers were conspiring with Russia to influence election results. Durham was then selected to investigate the origins of the investigation.
The Russia investigation has been a hotly-debated topic for years, as is the Durham probe. Republicans are hopeful that the probe will lead to more indictments, but Democrats believe it has drug on for far too long. However, according to CNN, there is a limited amount of time for Durham to bring up new indictments as the probe is now is now in its final stages after almost two years.