Special Counsel John Durham’s team opened is argument against former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann today with strong accusations.
Sussmann is charged with making false statements to the FBI regarding opposition research he was allegedly working on for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
According to Fox News, he told the FBI that he was not working for any client when he attended a meeting with former FBI Counsel James Baker to allege a link between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
Durham’s case says Sussmann was in fact working for two clients: the Hillary Clinton campaign and a cybersecurity executive by the name of Rodney Joffe.
Sussmann reportedly billed the Clinton campaign for his work following the meeting with Baker.
Federal prosecutor Deborah Brittain Shaw delivered the opening argument, saying that in bringing his allegations to the FBI, Sussmann “bypassed normal channels” and fed Baker lies that were “designed to achieve political” ends and “designed to inject the FBI into the election.”
She stated the government planned to show throughout the trial that Sussmann’s lie was part of a “bigger plan” meant to “create an October surprise on the eve of the presidential election.”
“A plan that used and manipulated the FBI. A plan that the defendant hoped would trigger news outlets and trigger an FBI investigation,” Shaw said. “A plan that largely succeeded.”