Saturday, October 23, 2021

Democrat campaign attorney Michael Sussman pleads not guilty after Durham indictment

A lawyer who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who was accused of allegedly lying to the FBI when trying to present information that would harm then-candidate Donald Trump, pleaded guilty. requested not to.

Special Prosecutor John Durham, who has spent the past two years investigating the origins of the FBI’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign was in sync with Russia, charged Michael Sussman, who worked with Washington-based law firm Perkins Coe on the Democrat-backed election. has worked. It matters. Sussman appeared in a courtroom in Washington on Friday morning and entered his plea.

Magistrate Judge Zia Farooqui released Sussman on her identity, setting September 22 as her next court date before Washington District Court Judge Christopher Cooper. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Durham’s paneled grand jury indicted Sussman for a September 2016 meeting with former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who now works for Twitter. Sussman made this allegation with a claim that there was a secret communications channel between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization. Durham alleged that Sussman told Baker that he was not representing a specific client, but was in fact secretly representing the Democrats, Clinton’s campaign, and an unnamed technology company executive.

Court papers filed against Sussman on Thursday argued that the lawyer’s alleged false statement was material because he was actually allegedly acting on behalf of specific clients.

“Susman incorrectly stated that he was not acting on the above allegations ‘for any client’, which led the FBI’s General Counsel to believe that Sussman was acting as a good citizen, Not as a paid advocate or political operative, the indictment reads, adding that the alleged lie was “deliberately false and misleading because, in collecting and expressing these allegations, Sussman acted on behalf of specific clients.” , namely, an American technology industry executive at an American Internet company, and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. “

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During previous congressional hearings, Baker said Sussman had provided information to him and at least one journalist. It came before the FBI’s application for an FISA warrant to survey a former Trump campaign aide. Fusion GPS was also hired by Perkins Coe on behalf of the Democrats, who then hired Christopher Steele to create a “steel dossier” containing several discredited claims against the former president.

Around the same time, news outlets such as the New York Times and MSNBC began repeatedly portraying Trump as a candidate who acts on behalf of Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. The FBI said it investigated the claim of the Russian bank-Trump organization and found no link between the two.

During his presidency, Trump often dismissed allegations that his campaign was associated with Moscow as a long-running hoax and witch hunt, designed to discredit his presidency and re-election chances. was designed for.

On Thursday, Sussman’s lawyers denied any wrongdoing.

“Michael Sussman was indicted today because of politics, not facts,” Sussman’s attorneys Sean Berkowitz and Michael Bosworth said in a statement. “It appears that the special counsel is using this indictment to advance a conspiracy theory that he has actually chosen not to charge. This case is contrary to what the Justice Department should stand for.” Mr. Sussman will fight this baseless and politically motivated prosecution.”

And a spokesman for Perkins Coe told news outlets that Sussman said he would resign and focus on his legal defense.

Perkins Coe has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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