Fast growing number of Democrats want Hillary Clinton investigated for her role in Russiagate
Revelations from the Durham report indicate Americans have reason to believe former first lady was heavily involved in establishing Russiagate narrative
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An increasing number of Democrats believe Hillary Clinton should be investigated by special counsel John Durham in connection with her alleged involvement in manufacturing ties between 2016 presidential rival Donald Trump and the Russia, according to a recent survey.
The survey, by TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics, found 75% of respondents who follow the story think Clinton and her campaign advisers should be investigated for her role in so-called Russiagate, according to several news reports.
Among them, 66% are Democrats – a 20-point rise from last October when the same question was asked.
About the same percentage of independent voters agreed that Clinton should be probed, and 91% of Republicans said the same.
The data was collected prior to last week's bombshell report from Durham that the Clinton campaign hired a tech firm to "infiltrate" servers at Trump Tower to try to tie the future president to Russia.
The aim of the mission, according to Durham, was to try to tarnish Trump's reputation by connecting him to the Russians.
Clinton's campaign repeatedly alleged that Trump and his campaign were in secret, close communication with Russian players to try to influence the outcome of the presidential race, though none of those claims were ever proven.
William Barr, a Trump administration attorney general, appointed Durham in December 2020 to act as a Justice Department special counsel investigating whether intelligence and law enforcement violated the law in probing the 2016 Trump campaign.
The Clinton campaign spying development is the latest revelation out of the special counsel investigation as it continues to probe the activities of former Perkins and Coie attorney Michael Sussman, who while at the Washington, D.C., firm was also law partners with Clinton campaign general counsel Mark Elias.
Sussman was indicted almost six months ago for allegedly lying to the FBI prior to the 2016 election about whether he was working for a client when he brought allegations to the bureau about Trump's links to the major private Russian financial institution Alfa-Bank.
Sussman denied he was working for anyone, including the campaign. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in September 2021 for allegedly making a false statement to the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016, regarding alleged communications between the Trump Organization and Russian Bank.
Sussman pleaded not guilty, but further investigation appear to have led Durham to more possible evidence that the Clinton campaign spied on the Trump campaign in its efforts to establish the Russia-hoax.
The poll also indicated that Americans are looking to crack down on corruption within political families.
A little less than 70% of respondents said they believe President Biden's son, Hunter Biden and the president's brother, Jimmy Biden, be barred from participating in any business involving the Biden's administration.
Those parameters include discussing policy proposal with the president or his aides and taking government jobs or contracts.
Hunter Biden is under federal investigation for potential tax fraud.
The U.S. Attorney for Delaware recently subpoenaed bank records pertaining to him, his uncle and some of their business associates. The younger Biden insists he has handled his affairs "legally and appropriately."