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Prosecutors set to call former FBI officials to the stand at start of second week of Sussmann trial


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WASHINGTON, DC – The second week of the trial of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann will begin Monday morning, with prosecutors from Special Counsel John Durham’s team expected to call former FBI officials to the stand to testify .

The government is set to call former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap and former FBI Assistant General Counsel for National Security Trisha Anderson to testify.

In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Bill Priestap, Deputy Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, testifies during a Judiciary Committee hearing into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
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Prosecutors could also call Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to the stand as a witness.

Prosecutors set to call former FBI officials to the stand at start of second week of Sussmann trial

Attorney Michael Sussmann leaves the US Federal Courthouse after opening arguments for his trial in Washington, DC
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Sussmann was accused of making a false statement to the FBI during a meeting he had in September 2016 with FBI General Counsel James Baker. Sussmann, at this meeting less than two months before the presidential election, brought “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a secret communication channel” between the Trump Organization and the Russian bank Alfa, which has links with the Kremlin.

During that meeting, Sussmann told Baker that he was not working “for any client,” but rather was taking the allegations to the FBI as a citizen concerned with national security.

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Durham’s team alleges that Sussmann actually worked for two clients: Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a technology manager, Rodney Joffe. After the meeting with Baker, Durham claims that Sussmann billed the Hillary Clinton campaign for his work.

Sussmann pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Baker did not take handwritten notes during his meeting with Sussmann on September 19, 2016—something Sussmann’s defense attorneys criticized Baker for—but prosecutors repeatedly referred to handwritten notes from Priestap and of Anderson as evidence, as they both wrote that Sussmann was not bringing the allegations to the FBI on behalf of a specific client, but on his own.

Baker testified last week that the FBI had opened an investigation into the Trump-Alfa Bank allegations, which lasted “several weeks, maybe a month, maybe a month and a half.”

“We concluded there was no substance,” Baker said. “We could not confirm this. We could not confirm that there was a surreptitious communication channel.”

Baker added: “There was nothing there.”

Prosecutors set to call former FBI officials to the stand at start of second week of Sussmann trial

Special Counsel John Durham leaves the US Federal Courthouse after the opening of arguments in the trial of attorney Michael Sussmann, where Durham is suing Sussmann on charges that Sussmann lied to the FBI while providing information about later discredited allegations of communications between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, in Washington, May 17, 2022.
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FBI Special Agent Scott Hellman also testified last week, saying Sussmann’s data turned out to be wrong, and stressed that he disagreed with the account.

Hellman testified that whoever wrote the account describing the DNS data was “5150”, and clarified on the stand that he believed the individual who came to the conclusions “suffered from a mental disability”.

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Meanwhile, former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified last week that Hillary Clinton herself approved the airing of those allegations linking Trump to the Kremlin-linked bank to the media ahead of the 2016 election. .

Prosecutors set to call former FBI officials to the stand at start of second week of Sussmann trial

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
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Mook testified that former Clinton campaign officials John Podesta, Jennifer Palmieri and Jake Sullivan (who is now a White House national security adviser) were also involved in the plan to share the allegations with the media.

The government, in its opening statement last week, argued that Sussmann’s handing over of the Trump-Alfa Bank allegations to the FBI was part of the Clinton campaign’s plan to create an “October surprise” against the presidential candidate. the time, Donald Trump.

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Former President Trump, in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital on Saturday, called the years-long investigation into whether he and members of his campaign colluded or coordinated with Russia before the 2016 election “l ‘one of the greatest political scandals in history’. “

Prosecutors set to call former FBI officials to the stand at start of second week of Sussmann trial

President-elect Donald Trump comes into the lobby to speak to members of the media at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
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He added: “Where can I find my reputation?”

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