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John Durham doubled down on his allegation that Michael Susan, the lawyer linked to Hillary Clinton, lied about Trump and Russia.
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Durham indicted Sussman for the meeting between him and the ex-FBI General Counsel James Baker on September 19, 2016. Sussman shared misinformation about a pact between Trump and Russia.
Sussman told Baker that he wasn’t working with some specific client, but Durham said it was a lie. The investigator said that Sussman collaborated with Hillary Clinton. He denied this fact.
The Washington Examiner reported that Sussman’s attorney said that Durham’s team gave the documents about comments Baker made about the 2016 meeting, “directly contradict the Special Counsel’s allegation that Mr. Sussmann affirmatively told Mr. Baker that he was not meeting with him on behalf of any clients.”
Durham said that he would call Baker to testify and cited one 2019 interview, where Baker said he talked about “his clients, who were, he described as I recall it, sort of cyber-security experts.”
“As the defendant is aware from discovery, both of those interviews occurred years after the events in question, and Mr. Baker made these statements before he had the opportunity to refresh his recollection with contemporaneous or near-contemporaneous notes that have been provided to the defense in discovery.”
“Indeed, the defendant’s motion entirely ignores law enforcement reports of Mr. Baker’s subsequent three interviews with the Special Counsel’s Office in which he affirmed and then re-affirmed his now-clear recollection of the defendant’s false statement.”
Durham added, “Baker said that Sussmann did not specify that he was representing a client regarding the matter, nor did Baker ask him if he was representing a client. Baker said it did not seem like Sussmann was representing a client.”
Sussman’s attorneys said that the existence of exculpatory information “only underscores the baseless and unprecedented nature of this indictment.”
Durham added that “a trial date in late July 2022 is reasonable and necessary for the Government to fully declassify and produce discovery.”
The Washington Examiner added.
The prosecutors noted they had handed over more than 91,000 pages in unclassified discovery and more than 5,000 pages in classified discovery to the defense team and insisted that the team was still “working expeditiously to satisfy its discovery obligations.”