Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) revealed last week that he confirmed potential bombshell information that the law firm that represented the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign provided a secure workspace to the FBI as part of a long-running relationship.
Gaetz appeared on the Tuesday broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News to claim that the firm, Perkins Coie, had confirmed the FBI relationship. He told host Tucker Carlson that he and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have written to Perkins Coie seeking additional details about the arrangement.
Gaetz said that he initially received a report from a whistleblower that the law firm provides workspace inside its offices to the FBI. After confirmation of the report through “multiple admissions” that included a letter from the firm, he said that he now needs answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray about why such an arrangement was ever allowed.
Gaetz also said that the Perkins Coie lawyer operating at the site of the FBI workspace was none other than Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann is a former partner at Perkins Coie who was found not guilty by a jury last week of charges that he lied to the FBI about his representation of the Clinton campaign when he shared bogus information claiming to show a relationship between President Donald Trump and the Russian Alfa Bank.
Gaetz said that he has now learned that for four years after the statements to the FBI that led to the charge, Sussmann was operating a secure FBI work environment. He said that in discussions with federal prosecutors throughout the country he has not heard any of them describe such a relationship between the FBI and a private law firm.
Gaetz said that it is his hope that the FBI facility is closed. He said that Democrat operatives should not have this sort of access to the government through a “special portal.” He added that was especially true in light of the knowledge that the FBI had used fake opposition research to support law enforcement counterintelligence activities.
In their June 1 letter to Wray, Gaetz and Jordan wrote that they believe the FBI’s secure workspace inside Perkins Coie’s Washington office is still operational based on admissions made by the law firm last month.
The letter gives Wray until June 15 to explain why the workspace was approved and to provide all relevant documents and communications bearing on the arrangement.