Durham says Clinton-linked attorney is guilty ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’

Special Counsel John Durham believes that he and his team have “proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that Clinton-linked attorney Michael Sussmann is guilty of lying to the FBI, Fox News reports

Durham and his team indicated as much in their closing argument on Friday.

“The evidence has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant Michael Sussmann made a false statement to the FBI,” federal prosecutor Jonathan Algor argued.

Background

Sussmann stands accused by Durham of lying to the FBI during a 2016 meeting that he convened with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker for the purpose of presenting evidence that he claimed linked Donald Trump to Russia.

This isn’t the lie, though, that Sussmann is being prosecuted for. Rather, the lie has to do with who Sussmann was working for when he presented that so-called evidence.

Sussmann, during the meetup, claimed that he wasn’t working for anyone. Durham, however, maintains that Sussmann was working for a technology executive, namely Rodney Joffe, as well as for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Sussmann has pled “not guilty” to the accusation.

Durham’s closing argument

During closing arguments on Friday, Algor summed the case up explaining why he believes that he and the rest of Durham’s team have proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Sussmann is guilty of lying to the FBI.

This summary included all kinds of evidence that Sussmann was indeed working for Clinton, including evidence that Sussmann billed Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign for the FBI meeting.

Algor also said that he believes that Durham’s team has proven that the false statement made by Sussmann was capable of influencing the FBI, which must be proven for Sussmann to be found guilty. Algor, here, pointed to testimony from Baker suggesting that the FBI would have done things differently if it knew that Sussmann was working for Clinton.

“The defendant’s own words, own actions, are overwhelming,” Algor concluded. “The evidence has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann made a false statement to the FBI. You should return the only verdict supported by the evidence in this case – guilty.”

The jury is now deliberating on whether or not to convict Sussmann. A verdict is expected next week.

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