Special Counsel John Durham’s team argued during the first day of its trial against Hillary Clinton’s campaign firm that their tactics sought to create an October surprise against Trump through false information.
The focus is on false details attempting to connect Donald Trump to Russia’s Alfa Bank in 2016.
BREAKING: Durham says Clinton lawyer Sussmann used FBI to create ‘October surprise’ against Trump https://t.co/rk7Cgfzqq9
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“Privilege of a lawyer who thought he could lie to the FBI without consequences; privilege of a lawyer who thought that for the powerful, normal rules didn’t apply,” federal prosecutor Deborah Brittain Shaw argued on behalf of the government.
“He then sat across from that lawyer and lied to him,” Shaw said, noting the lie was “designed to achieve political” ends, and “designed to inject the FBI into the election.”
This is huge.https://t.co/bPgniqdwJX
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Later in the argument, Shaw added, “It was a plan to create an October Surprise on the eve of the presidential election — a plan that used and manipulated the FBI ……a plan that largely succeeded.”
Durham trial KICKOFF: Trump’s former AG says Hillary is DOOMED pic.twitter.com/8xnRpL5G8C
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“Assistant Special Counsel Deborah Shaw told jurors that Sussmann took advantage of his relationships with the FBI and its then-general counsel James Baker to plant data about a potential Trump tie to Russia while hiding the fact that Sussmann was acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign,” Politico reported.
If true, the case would be one of the biggest political scandals in the nation’s history.
Clinton would not face charges, but the campaign firm she worked with would.
The trial also comes as Democrats face a challenging midterm election and Trump continues to fuel speculation regarding a comeback bid for the White House in 2024.