An attorney associated with the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign is set to commence a criminal trial this week, specifically with regards to allegations that he openly lied to the FBI on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
The criminal trial will serve as a critical turning point for Special Counsel John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion disinformation scheme.
Attorney Michael Sussmann has been accused of deliberately misleading the FBI with regards to who he was representing, which was called into question after presenting deliberate disinformation to the Bureau that ostensibly linked Trump to a Russian banking institution.
Lawyers for Sussmann argue that he is innocent of the charges brought against their client, and they also insist that Republicans are incorrect in assuming that the Clinton crony was engaged in any form of dubious, deceptive behavior.
The criminal trial will serve as a key litmus test for Durham, who was previously appointed by former Attorney General William Barr in order to investigate the officials responsible for probing alleged connections between Trump and Russia.
The White House has not interfered in Durham’s ongoing investigation, which has been ongoing since 2019.
The prosecution of Sussmann has zeroed in on a 2016 meeting that took place between him and the FBI, notably when he provided the Bureau with supposed evidence that directly linked Russia’s Alfa Bank to the Trump Organization.
However, upon a deeper investigation of Sussmann’s allegations, the FBI ultimately concluded that the suspicions presented were wholly unfounded.
Moreover, as revealed by Durham’s investigation, Sussmann had not come to the FBI merely as a “good citizen” as he had claimed, but rather as an effective representative of the Clinton presidential campaign, which had a highly vested interest in soiling the reputation of her key opponent: Trump.
Durham has since determined that Sussmann not only provided false information to the FBI, but also openly lied to the FBI during the September 2016 meeting on Clinton’s behalf.
Lawyers for Sussmann argue that the beleaguered attorney has never made a “material” misstatement to the Bureau.
The criminal trial of Sussmann marks the first major case Durham has brought against individuals associated with promoting widespread disinformation regarding alleged collusion between Trump and Russia over his 2016 victory in the presidential election against Clinton.
To date, Durham’s investigation has yielded charges against three different individuals: Igor Danchenko, a Russian national; Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI attorney; and Michael Sussmann, a Clinton crony.
Danchenko, who serves as an analyst in varied contexts, has been charged for repeatedly lying to the FBI, specifically with regards to the sources for his information.
Former President Trump has long declared that the 2016 was FBI investigation constituted little more than a massive witch hunt against him.