The case of Michael Sussmann, the Clinton-linked lawyer, is going to continue.
Fox News reports that the judge who is overseeing the matter has denied Sussmann’s request to dismiss the case that has been brought against him by Special Counsel John Durham.
Sussmann stands accused of making a false statement to a federal agent.
The incident occurred back in 2016 when Sussmann met with the FBI to present a link between the Trump Organization and a Russia-based bank. This was in line with the Russia-Trump collusion narrative that was being pushed by the left at the time.
When Sussmann met with agents, they asked him whether he was working for anyone and, if so, for whom. Sussmann claimed that he was not doing work “for any client,” and this is the false statement that Durham alleges Sussmann made.
Durham has stated in court documents that he has proof that Sussmann was at least working for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. But, Durham also says that Sussmann was working for technology-industry executive Rodney Joffe.
Sussmann has pled not guilty to the charge. He maintains that he did not lie, and, in February, he asked U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper to throw out the case.
Cooper has now denied Sussmann’s motion, meaning that the case will proceed further.
Sussmann had tried to get the case dismissed on the idea that, even if he did lie to the FBI, the lie “was immaterial as a matter of law and therefore cannot support a conviction.” But, Cooper says that this is a misreading of the law.
In his decision, Cooper wrote that “it is at least possible that statements made [by Sussmann] to law enforcement prior to an investigation could materially influence the later trajectory of the investigation.” Therefore, Cooper wrote that “the court will deny the motion.”
This is at least the second motion from Sussmann that Cooper has rejected. In the previous one, Sussmann had tried to get a factual background section removed from Durham’s court filing arguing that it could influence the jury.
Sussmann’s trial is now scheduled to go forward on May 16.