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The federal judge presiding over the case of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann denied his request to dismiss the case brought against him by Special Counsel John Durham Wednesday, ordering that the trial go forward as planned next month.
Sussmann, in February, filed a motion to dismiss the case against him. Sussmann was charged with making a false statement to a federal agent, and has pleaded not guilty.
The article goes on to state the following:
In a court filing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper outlined the charges against Sussmann brought by the Durham impaneled grand jury last year.
Sussman is being charged with lying to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, claiming he was not doing work for “any client,” when in face, he was representing the Clinton campaign.
Sussman had requested and held a meeting with Baker, presenting documents which he claimed proved there was a link between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has close ties to the Kremlin.
Judge Cooper noted that Sussman had caused the FBI to open an investigation, when the evidence he presented did not support his claims. Cooper wrote:
“Specifically, Sussmann allegedly told Baker that he was not attending the meeting on behalf of any client when, in fact, he had assembled and was conveying the information on behalf of two specific clients: (1) a technology-industry executive named Rodney Joffe and (2) the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.”
“The FBI opened an investigation based on the information Sussmann provided, but ultimately determined that there was insufficient evidence to support the existence of a communication channel between the Trump campaign and the Russian bank.”
Sussman has denied that he lied to the FBI, but Durham released the “receipts” earlier this month, revealing a text message which Sussman had sent Baker that reads:
“Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availibilty [sic] for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
Sussman had asked for the case to be dismissed, but Judge Cooper denied that request on Wednesday. The trial for Sussman is scheduled to start on May 16.
CLICK HERE to read Judge Cooper’s full statement released on Wednesday.
SUSSMAN MOTION TO DISMISS IS DENIED!!!https://t.co/Fw1T3SLVsR
— Durham is Coming (@Durham_isComing) April 13, 2022
A U.S. judge declined to throw out a criminal case against Michael Sussman, a Democratic Party-linked lawyer accused of lying to the FBI, setting the stage for a jury trial scheduled for next month https://t.co/gQdVhQcGUA pic.twitter.com/zgNrvMkCrO
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) April 13, 2022
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 13, 2022
Next Month! 🍿🍿🍿🍿
Durham probe: Judge denies Sussmann motion to dismiss case; trial to begin next month https://t.co/kwvyHsZlOy
— Phil Holloway™ ⚖️✈️ 😁 (@PhilHollowayEsq) April 13, 2022
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