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Russell Brand Receives Backlash For Video On Indictment Of Clinton Lawyer

Actor and podcast host Russell Brand received backlash last week for a video discussing the recent indictment of Michael Sussmann, an attorney who represented Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, for allegedly lying to FBI officials.

The Wrap reported:

“On Tuesday, one of Brand’s recent YouTube videos, titled ‘Trump was RIGHT About Clinton & Russia Collusion!!’ started going viral. In it, he claims there is ‘serious evidence’ that Hillary Clinton worked with Russia to create this ‘conspiracy.’

“Within hours, fans flooded Twitter with their disappointment in Brand, noting how the actor’s ‘serious evidence’ seems to stem from just one source. Others simply avoided the video altogether, given what they already know about the controversial comedian.”

The “one source” Brand was referencing in his video was an article by journalist Glenn Greenwald discussing the indictment of Sussmann as part of U.S. Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the FBI’s investigation of supposed ties between Russia and former President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The indictment was approved by Biden administration Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and is the second allegation of criminal behavior resulting from the probe after FBI agent Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to lying to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and submitting an altered email to receive the court’s permission to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page.

Sussman’s indictment centers on if he intentionally misled the FBI into believing he was not representing the Clinton campaign when he provided information to the FBI on alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. As the New York Times noted, “Mr. Sussmann is a former computer crimes prosecutor who worked for the Justice Department for 12 years. In 2016, he represented the Democratic National Committee on issues related to Russia’s hacking of its servers.”

According to the indictment, Sussman “stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations ‘for any client,’” which caused FBI General Counsel James Baker to believe that Sussman was acting merely as a “good citizen” and not as a “paid advocate or political operative.”

The indictment further alleges that Sussman was actually acting “on behalf of specific clients” — including “the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.”

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4 responses to “Russell Brand Receives Backlash For Video On Indictment Of Clinton Lawyer”

  1. TimChandler5150 says:

    Russel Brand is Legit. Gave up fame and fortune to live right, help others to do the same, seek the truth behind the media lies and corporate controlled social media and corrupt governments. He’s a different sort of character, but seems earnest and honest, and very intelligent. He also understands Europe a lot better than most typical podcasters, so you can learn a lot about it and gain some new perspective by watching him. There are some things we know about our corrupt system that he seems to be a little behind on at times, but I think he’s catching up.

  2. cathy.drazek says:

    I like Russel Brand – I listen to his podcasts maybe twice a week. I don’t agree with him on many things, but as a non-US citizen, he has an interesting perspective on the state of the US. It’s interesting to see how outside observers see us. He is intelligent, well-read, and has the ability to think critically, which is lacking in many people under a certain age. (as an aside, is also a great podcast from outside the US – and they think Tim Pool is based)

    I listen to Brand because I am mature enough to listen to opposing views without getting my panties in a twist and apply critical thinking skills picked up from hearty and robust debates with my dad from the time I was old enough to form a coherent argument (I was very liberal and he was a Limbaugh conservative back in those days). The backlash he received are the deranged ones who can’t deal with any opposing thoughts and can’t think critically for themselves.

  3. UppityG says:

    I’ll take one Glenn Greenwald over a hundred corrupt corporate legacy media activists wearing press badges.

  4. Wolv256 says:

    I give him backlash for the sound of his voice.