The FBI’s former general counsel just blew up the defense of Michael Sussmann, the former Hillary Clinton and DNC lawyer during the 2016 election. It will be interesting to see if the jury notices.
Sussmann’s on trial for lying to former FBI General Counsel James Baker by saying he was bringing dirt on Donald Trump because he was doing his civic duty and not benefiting his client, Hillary Clinton.
Documents produced by Special Counsel John Durham show that Sussmann billed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for work on the Russian Collusion Alfa-Bank disinformation. That includes the “salacious and unverified” — and fake — Steele dossier.
Baker testified that he was “100% confident” that Sussmann represented to him that he was not bringing the fake Alfa-Bank Trump-Russia connection hoax information on behalf of any client. Baker previously produced a text message to him from Sussmann backing up that claim. The text read, “Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
Sussmann’s lie to the FBI is the only charge brought by Durham, but the Special Counsel’s team hopes to be able to demonstrate in court the intricate way in which the Clinton campaign used its access to the highest levels of the FBI and CIA and the news media to create a disinformation feedback loop.