September 17 (WNN) — A special counsel appointed during the Trump administration to uncover the origins of the Russia investigation produced an indictment Thursday, accusing a lawyer who in 2016 accused then-candidate Donald Trump of his ties to Hillary Clinton with the Bank of Russia investigation. Was informed to the FBI for lying about. .
Brought by Special Counsel John Durham, the 27-page indictment accuses Michael Sussman of lying to the FBI.
It is the second criminal case Durham tapped in May of 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr to probe the origins of the Justice Department’s two-year investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The indictment states that Sussman lied to the FBI on September 19, 2016, “about the capacity in which he was providing the charges to the FBI” that the Trump organization was involved with Kremlin-linked Alpha Bank via computer back channels. was communicating with.
Notably, Sussman incorrectly stated that he was not doing his job on the above charges ‘for my client’, which led the FBI general counsel to believe that Sussman was acting as a good citizen. were merely passing along information and not as paid lawyers or political activists.”
The document accuses Sussman of being a technology industry executive, an American Internet company and acting on behalf of then-candidate Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The indictment explained that Sussman’s statement “misleads” the FBI about the political nature of his work, depriving it of information to better assess the origin and relevance of his data and the motives of his clients.
Sussman’s lawyers on Thursday dismissed the allegation as a result of “politics not fact.”
“It appears that special counsel is using this indictment to advance a conspiracy theory that they have actually chosen not to charge,” Sussman’s lawyers said in a statement. “This case is the opposite of everything the Justice Department should stand for. Mr. Sussman will fight this baseless and politically motivated prosecution.”
The indictment states that Sussman’s law firm, Perkins Coe, was retained by the Clinton campaign in 2015 to act as its attorney. Meanwhile, Sussman, a lawyer specializing in cybersecurity, was appointed by the Democratic National Committee in April 2016 to represent the Russian government regarding the hacking of its email servers, while advising Clinton’s campaign. was also given.
The document states that Sussman began communicating with an unnamed tech executive about the data in July of 2016, alleging a link between the Trump campaign and a Russian bank, which he accused the Clinton campaign of.
The grand jury accused Sussman and the tech executive on behalf of the Clinton campaign of working together and with others for weeks to share information about Russian bank data with the media and others, claiming it helped demonstrated the existence of a secret communication channel Trump Organization” and Russian banks.
Durham previously filed charges against former FBI attorney Kevin Klinesmith, who pleaded guilty in January to altering emails supporting surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide.
The former Connecticut US attorney was appointed special counsel ahead of November’s presidential election to ensure his investigation could continue under the next administration.
In February, Durham was one of two lawyers appointed by the Trump administration who were not asked by President Joe Biden to resign.
The investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, which Trump described as a witch hunt, produced indictments against more than 30 people, including those close to the 45th president.
It also culminated in a 2019 report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller, which said that there was not enough evidence to prove collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but there were some 10 episodes in which justice charges against the former president. obstruction could be considered.