Durham dismisses former Clinton attorney’s claim that charges against him are ‘baseless’ 

Special counsel John Durham provided a firm response to a former Clinton campaign attorney facing what he called “baseless” criminal charges of lying to federal investigators.

According to the Washington Examiner, Durham, who is leading a probe into the origins of an FBI investigation of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 Trump campaign, asserted that there is ample evidence that Michael Sussmann misrepresented the facts in a meeting shortly before that election.

“Baseless and unprecedented”

Sussmann sat down with former top FBI attorney James Baker in September 2016, at which time he allegedly pushed debunked claims regarding ties between then-candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank.

Durham has concluded that Sussmann was secretly working on behalf of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, presumably as part of a wider campaign to essentially portray Trump as a Russian agent.

At the time, however, Sussmann told Baker that he was not working for “any client.”

His lawyers have recently argued that the charges against him are “baseless and unprecedented,” but Durham clearly disagrees.

In 2019, Baker recalled that Sussmann described working for “sort of cyber-security experts.” The following year, Durham’s team determined that Baker failed to directly ask Sussman in 2016 whether he had a client but that it “did not seem like” as if he did.

“Affirmed and then re-affirmed”

In a court filing, Durham’s office emphasized the fact that Baker made his remarks “years after” the meeting and before he was able to refresh his memory with contemporaneous notes from former FBI official Bill Priestap and others who confirmed that Sussmann claimed to have no client.

Baker reportedly conducted three subsequent interviews with Durham’s team during which he “affirmed and then re-affirmed his now-clear recollection of the defendant’s false statement.”

Yet another twist in the case involves a request from Sussmann’s lawyers to supply a memo in which Durham, who was a U.S. attorney from Connecticut at the time, questioned Baker’s credibility while investigating alleged criminal leaks.

For his part, Baker signed off on at least one warrant used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and acknowledged he was in contact with a journalist responsible for publicizing a widely disputed dossier that provided justification for the Page warrant.

Meanwhile, Durham and his team continue to expose the complex web of Russian collusion allegations — including Clinton’s apparent role in what Trump repeatedly called a “witch hunt.”

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