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John Durham grand jury indicts attorney whose firm represented Democrats in 2016

Special Prosecutor John Durham has accused former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Michael Sussman, a Washington-based attorney representing the Democratic National Committee, of lying to the FBI during Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

Sussman works for the high-powered law firm Perkins Coe — which has long done legal work for the Democratic Party and top Democrats, including filing election-related lawsuits.

The lawyer was indicted on a single felony of making a false statement during a meeting with FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 (PDF). Prosecutors allege that Sussman lied by refusing to represent any clients when he told the federal law enforcement agency about it. There is evidence that Trump Tower of then-candidate Donald Trump was allegedly linked to a bank in Russia.

Sussman met with Baker to hand over papers and data files evidence of an alleged link between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, which was not disclosed. Unconfirmed media reports said it was Alpha Bank.

The indictment is the second criminal case brought by Durham since former Attorney General William Barr was named in 2018 by former Attorney General William Barr to investigate officials investigating the Trump-Russia investigation. Durham, a former US lawyer, was asked to stay on as a special counsel and continue his investigation after President Joe Biden’s administration took office in January.

Sussman, the indictment alleges, turned up the information not as a “good citizen,” but as an attorney representing Clinton, a technology executive, and an Internet company.

“Susman’s lie was material because, among other reasons, Sussman’s false statement misled FBI General Counsel and other FBI personnel about the political nature of his work and deprived the FBI of information that might have been of its origin. to assess and disclose fully relevant data and technical analysis,” the indictment reads.

A report in The Epoch Times in 2019 found that Sussman had provided information to Baker and at least one journalist prior to the FBI’s application for a FISA warrant to survey former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Perkins Coe on behalf of the Democratic National Committee also hired Fusion GPS, which hired Christopher Steele to prepare the dossier, which contained defamatory claims against the former president.

About a month later, The New York Times and other large news outlets reported on an FBI investigation into the alleged Alpha Bank-Trump Organization connection. The FBI said it investigated the case, but found no links.

Trump and other former administration officials have long described the FBI investigation into their campaigns as a witch hunt designed to politically wound their chances of reelection.

Lawyers for Sussman, a former federal prosecutor, said on September 16 that her client never made a false statement to the FBI and that there was no evidence that the alleged lies affected the agency’s work.

“According to Mr. The Associated Press, Sussman has not committed any crime,” he said in a statement. “Any prosecution here would be unfounded, unprecedented, and apolitical and an unjustified deviation from the principled manner in which the Department of Justice has to do its job. should do.”

In 2017, Sussman was asked by congressional investigators about her interview with Baker and testified that she provided information on her client’s behalf.

When trying to access Sussman’s page on Perkins Coe’s website, a “Page not found” message was displayed.

Representatives for lawyers for Perkins Coe and Sussman did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.

Jack Phillips

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

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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