Special Counsel John Durham’s team claimed on Friday during its closing argument that it has proven Michael Sussman guilty of lying to the FBI.
The case claims Sussman made a false statement to the FBI about a Russian bank and the Trump Organization.
Special Counsel John Durham’s team says evidence has ‘proven’ Sussmann is guiltyhttps://t.co/KXkWlf83I0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 29, 2022
Beyond a reasonable doubt
“The evidence has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant Michael Sussmann made a false statement to the FBI,” federal prosecutor Jonathan Algor said. “The defendant used his privilege as a high-powered Washington lawyer, a former DOJ prosecutor… to bypass normal channels and expedite a meeting with the FBI general counsel.”
“He knew he had to conceal his connection to the Clinton campaign and to Rodney Joffe,” Algor added. “He knew if he told Baker he was there on behalf of the Clinton campaign, the chances of an FBI investigation would be diminished.”
My two cents on the Sussmann trial, though I obviously defer to @AndrewCMcCarthy: I think Durham’s team has actually done a better job of proving the materiality of the false statement than of proving the false statement. 1/6https://t.co/wpanbpCWBG
— Isaac Schorr (@isaac_schorr) May 27, 2022
Turning bad for Clinton
“In September, the special counsel’s office obtained an indictment of Mr. Sussmann that accused him of misrepresenting his motivation for providing information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a purported secret computer connection between a server connected to Mr. Trump’s company and a Russian bank,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Things just got very bad for Clinton!https://t.co/5Z4hP0wVnk
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) May 28, 2022
“Mr. Sussmann’s lie, prosecutors allege, is that he said he was turning the material over to the bureau out of civic concern rather than on behalf of his clients, which included the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton,” it added.
The jury will likely release a verdict this week, allowing Americans to hear the conclusion to this long-lasting controversy.
Clinton will not face trial, but a guilty verdict would vindicate Donald Trump and prove Clinton’s campaign included criminal activity against him.
The stakes could be even higher if either Trump or Clinton runs for president again in 2024, as rumors continue to speculate either or both could be headed for another battle for the White House.