Prosecutors claim Michael Sussmann is part of larger plot to smear Donald Trump

The trial of former Democratic attorney Michael Sussmann drew to a close last week, with his fate now in the hands a of the jury.

Although a verdict hasn’t been reached in the high-profile courtroom drama, the trial has already produced a bombshell revelation about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

The grand plan?

Sussmann is accused of lying when he approached FBI general counsel James Baker in 2016 with supposed evidence of link between Donald Trump and a Kremlin-backed bank.

That charge came as a result of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.

The government argued that Sussman was motivated to lie about his work on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as part of an effort to smear Donald Trump.

“It wasn’t about national security, it was about promoting opposition research against the opposition candidate, Donald Trump,” the Wall Street Journal quoted prosecutor Jonathan Algor as saying in his closing statement.

What’s more, evidence emerged during the trial which appeared to confirm that spreading discredited allegations about Trump was far from being a one-man affair.

Eroding trust

As Fox News reported earlier this month, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified that the candidate personally greenlit a decision to disseminate those accusations among sympathetic media outlets.

“I don’t remember the substance of the conversation, but notionally, the discussion was, hey, we have this and we want to share it with a reporter,” Mook admitted on cross-examination.

“All I remember is that she agreed with the decision,” he said regarding Clinton’s reaction to the plan.

During a Senate hearing this week, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told FBI Director Christopher Wray that such stories are undermining trust in the justice system.

“A lot of Americans are concerned with the fact that a campaign lawyer for the Clinton campaign could go to the FBI and provide information to the FBI that led to an investigation of the opposite party, and it seems to not have held much water,” Graham said.

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