Michael Sussmann’s trial began last week. The Democratic attorney stands accused of having lied to the FBI when he came forward about a possible connection between Donald Trump and Russia.
According to Fox News, the proceedings took a dramatic turn when Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager made a damaging admission about the former presidential candidate.
Robby Mook testified on Friday that Clinton approved the release of material that attempted to link the Trump Organization to Russia’s Alfa Bank via a covert communications channel.
Mook acknowledged Clinton’s decision while undergoing cross-examination by federal prosecutor Andrew DeFillippis.
He went on to say that he discussed the matter with other campaign figures, including now-White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Mook added that he first learned of Alfa Bank from campaign general counsel Marc Elias. Elias worked at Perkins Coie, the same law firm which employed Sussmann.
The former campaign manager was called to the witness stand by Sussmann’s defense team, a decision that baffled Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
“Incredibly foolish” move
“[Clinton] personally approved the scheme to peddle phony collusion information to the media, that dropped like a bombshell by her own campaign manager, Robby Mook,” Jarrett told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday evening.
“And it seemed so incredibly foolish for the defense of all people to have called Mook to the witness stand,” Jarrett remarked.
“It’s fundamental in trying cases, never call a witness to the stand that only helps you a little bit, because the downside of hurting you tremendously is quite severe,” he explained.
“And sure enough, that’s what happened,” Jarrett continued. “I mean, Mook helped a little bit, marginally, by saying, well, we the campaign didn’t put up Sussmann going to the FBI to lie to them.”
“What the campaign intended is irrelevant,” Jarrett insisted. “What’s material is what Sussmann’s intent was, and his intent has already been demonstrated by the evidence in the testimony. He put his lie to the FBI in writing. So now he’s only left with some rather vacuous defenses.”