The Durham-Sussman Trial Begins: Federal Prosecutor Says Clinton Lawyer Used FBI to Undermine Trump Campaign

Hillary Clinton via Gage Skidmore Flickr

On Tuesday, Special Counsel John Durham’s trial against Hillary Clinton-connected lawyer Michael Sussmann officially kicked off. In opening arguments, federal prosecutor Deborah Brittain Shaw alleged Sussmann used the FBI as a political tool to create an “October surprise” against Donald Trump and manipulate the 2016 election.

Sussmann is charged with making a false statement to the FBI when he told former FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 that he was not doing work “for any client” when he requested and attended a meeting with Baker where he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communicates channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

According to Fox News:

Durham’s team alleges Sussmann was, in fact, doing work for two clients: the Hillary Clinton campaign and a technology executive, Rodney Joffe. Following the meeting with Baker, Sussmann billed the Hillary Clinton campaign for his work.

Sussmann has pleaded not guilty.

“Privilege of a lawyer who thought he could lie to the FBI without consequences; privilege of a lawyer who thought that for the powerful, normal rules didn’t apply,” Shaw argued on behalf of the government.

Shaw argued that Sussmann’s decision to being the “serious allegations” to the FBI “bypassed normal channels and went straight to the FBI’s top lawyer,” referencing James Baker.

“He then sat across from that lawyer and lied to him,” Shaw said, noting the lie was “designed to achieve political” ends, and “designed to inject the FBI into the election.”

In the opening argument, Shaw also noted the “elephant in the room” and noted that despite many people having strong feelings about Trump, Hillary, and politics in general this case does not involve specific allegations involving either and urged the jury to leave political views at the door.

“We are here because the FBI is our institution that should don’t be used as a political tool for anyone — not Republicans, not Democrats, not anyone,” Shaw said, urging jurors to leave their own “political views” out of the decisions they make in the courtroom.

Federal prosecutors told the jury that during the trial, they will present physical evidence, including handwritten notes from FBI officials, two thumb drives that Sussmann gave to the FBI containing the allegations against Trump, and also testimony and documents to prove their charge against Sussmann.

“This is a case about privilege,”  Shaw reiterated. “No one should be so privileged as to have the ability to walk into the FBI and lie for political ends.”



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domaho
domaho
1 month ago

hang the Clinton clan and Billy the goat. no telling how many dead bodies are already in their closet hidden vault? next in line is the Fart-in-Thief and the blacky VP sidekick. both of them are the major players in stealing the US Fort Knox in broad daylight with no action by the RINOs and the Demorat Party. bring GEORGE SOROS AND BILL GATE THE BABIES’ MURDERERS to the guillotine.

Grumpy
Grumpy
1 month ago

What do you want to bet, sussmann will commit suicide with two bullets too the back of the head!

THOMAS
THOMAS
1 month ago
Reply to  Grumpy

Yep … he is living on borrowed time !

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
1 month ago

Everything is blowing up in bidens face, no leadership skills, total family corruption, his America last policy has made him a traitor to the American people. Secure our borders, stop the drugs, once impeachment starts all the BS will be reversed. Jail time for all who have lied to Congress and broke their oath of office.

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

Hold Clinton accountable finally??? It’s about time she thinks she is Untouchable!!!
We must change that NOW!!!

THOMAS
THOMAS
1 month ago

Hang Clinton … Lock up the Lawyer !

James Reneau
James Reneau
1 month ago

Is anyone else expecting some Clinton-assisted suicides in the near future?

THOMAS
THOMAS
1 month ago

Killery Clinton is a CRIMINAL that should already be in Prison !
Send that Lawyer to Prison also !

Robert W
1 month ago

Nail them all including Hillary, Joe, and Barrack!!!!!

Donna Calandra
1 month ago

Sooo when may we see all the rest of the swamp creators that have lied to congress and the American people like Clinton, Obama, Biden, Fauci and the FBI itself. Hard to prosecute treasonous acts when you are part of the treason.

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