Trial of Clinton Lawyer Michael Sussmann Starts on Monday

Headline Roundup May 16th, 2022

The trial of Michael Sussmann, former lawyer to Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign, begins on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, with Judge Christopher Cooper presiding. Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI as part of Special Counsel John Durham's three-year probe of the Trump-Russia investigation.

In September 2016, Sussmann allegedly told FBI General Counsel James Baker that he was not doing work for any client when he requested a meeting to present "white papers" and "purported data" that showed covert communcations between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin. John Durham's prosecution team is attempting to cast Sussmann's actions as part of a dirty smear campaign to spur an FBI investigation using political opposition research.  The FBI looked at Sussmann's evidence and found nothing to support the allegations.  But Sussmann's trial will be the first opportunity for John Durham and his team to litigate questions such as: was this a political hit job, as former President Donald Trump has claimed, or a threat to national security?  The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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politics, Michael Sussmann, 2016 Election, FBI, Russia Probe

Michael Sussmann, a former lawyer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, is set to go on trial Monday for a single charge of lying to the FBI, as part of Special Counsel John Durham's three-year investigation of the Trump-Russia investigation. 

But the trial is shaping up to be about something much bigger than whether Sussmann lied about his clients while passing on a tip to the FBI alleging suspicious ties between former President Donald Trump and Russia. 

Durham's prosecution team, in court documents and pre-trial hearings, has pursued a strategy of casting Sussmann's actions...

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politics, Michael Sussmann, 2016 Election, FBI, Russia Probe

The trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann is set to begin Monday morning as Special Counsel John Durham’s yearslong investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe finally lands in court.

Sussmann is charged with making a false statement and has pleaded not guilty.

The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with jury selection and U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper presiding.

Durham alleges Sussmann told FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 — less than two months before the 2016 presidential election...

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A trial over whether a lawyer with ties to the Democratic Party lied to the FBI in 2016 is set to begin on Monday in what could be the first major test for John Durham, the special counsel appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the former president’s allegations of a conspiracy to undermine his campaign. 

Michael Sussmann, a former partner at the law firm Perkins Coie, is charged with making false statements to the FBI’s top lawyer during the 2016 campaign when he handed over data to the bureau purporting...

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