Defendant Responds to Durham Court Filing
From The Federalist: Michael Sussmann filed a response to John Durham’s Friday court filing that set off a media buzz over the criminal case against the former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney.
In the six-page memo filed in the D.C. federal court, Sussmann’s Latham and Watkins attorneys informed the court they had previously advised the special counsel that Sussman understood his right to consult with independent counsel and intended to waive any potential conflicts of interest. Sussmann’s filing added that he does not oppose Durham’s request that he waive those issues on the record.
Sussmann then spent the next five pages complaining about the special counsel’s filing. He claimed it “unnecessarily includes prejudicial—and false—allegations that are irrelevant to his Motion and to the charged offense.” Those extra details, Sussmann argued, were “plainly intended to politicize this case, inflame media cover, and taint the jury pool.”
In other words, the media has finally begun covering the special counsel’s investigation and the indictment against Sussmann, and he is none too happy…
“It was not until November 2021—two months after Mr. Sussmann was indicted—that the Special Counsel bothered to interview any individual who worked full-time for the Campaign to determine” if Sussmann had met with the FBI on behalf of the Clinton campaign, the motion read.
But why specify “full-time” in this assertion? The most likely answer is that someone else connect to the Clinton campaign confirmed the special counsel’s charge—that Sussmann met with Baker on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
On the other hand, if the campaign completely denies Sussmann was acting on its behalf in meeting with Baker, that will make for a much more interesting trial, with the Clinton campaign representatives subject to cross-examination by Durham’s team concerning exactly what authority Sussmann had and when he needed approval from above; and exactly what Sussmann was authorized by the campaign to do.
Now that Sussmann has made it an issue, we may get some clarity from Durham’s office on what the Clinton campaign is claiming concerning the September 19, 2016, meeting when it responds to Monday’s filing. So stay tuned.
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(Excerpt from The Federalist. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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