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Clinton Sussmann campaign defense list includes former NYT reporter

A former New York Times reporter, Hillary Clinton campaign aides, and current and former Justice Department and CIA officials are among potential witnesses in the first trial stemming from Special Counsel John’s investigation. Durham on the federal investigations of former President Donald Trump.

Former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann plans to call two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Lichthblau to testify in his defense, according to reports from a preliminary hearing held Monday in Washington, D.C. , in federal court.

Lichtblau would be asked about his communications with Sussmann and technical director Rodney Joffe, The Washington Post said.

Joffe provided Sussmann with computer research that allegedly linked a Trump Organization server to Russia’s Alfa Bank and helped him write a “white paper” on the findings, according to Sussmann’s indictment.

Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI when he allegedly claimed he was not acting “on behalf” of Joffe and the Clinton campaign by passing on the debunked information since September 2016, less than two months before the presidential election.

Attorney Michael Sussmann has been accused of lying to the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation.
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The Times is not expected to object to Lichtblau’s planned questioning by the defense, but could do so if questioned about an independent report he did on the search, and the newspaper is expected to file court documents this week, defense attorney Sean Berkowitz reportedly said. in class.

Lichtblau asked his lawyer questions, who declined to comment, as did the Times, according to the Washington Post.

Lichtblau, who writes about national security and law enforcement, signed two Times articles from March and April 2016 in which Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer, was cited as an expert.

These reports implicated government efforts to unlock iPhones, including one that belonged to one of the local Islamic State terrorists who killed 14 people at a 2015 Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.

Sussmann also acknowledged speaking to Lichtblau and other reporters at The Washington Post and Slate magazine in late October 2016, which led to stories appearing soon after, according to a timeline compiled by US Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson. (R-Wisconsin).

Sussmann’s other scheduled witnesses include Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who will be questioned about how Sussmann gave him information “that also implicated Mr. Joffe,” according to the Washington Post.

Clinton Sussmann campaign defense list includes former NYT reporter
Sussmann’s lawsuit stems from an investigation into former President Donald Trump.
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In December 2019, Horowitz released a 476-page report that found multiple errors, but no evidence of political bias, in the FBI’s decision to launch an investigation into contacts between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

Clinton Sussmann campaign defense list includes former NYT reporter
Durham also accused Igor Danchenko of lying to the FBI about his contributions to the Steele case in November.
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Durham’s prosecution team plans to call witnesses, including former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and former campaign general counsel Mark Elias of the powerful law firm Perkins Coie, where Sussmann was a partner before his arrest, according to the Washington Times.

Other prosecution witnesses reportedly included former FBI General Counsel James Baker, whom Sussmann met at bureau headquarters on September 19, 2016; former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap, who later discussed this encounter with Baker; and a CIA official identified only as “Kevin B”, whose agency helped rebut Sussmann’s information.

The Durham team also plans to call Laura Seago, a technology expert at research firm Fusion GPS who commissioned the widely discredited “Steele dossier” of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, the Washington Times said.

Last week, Durham said he wanted jurors to be told of the “strong intersection” between Sussmann’s efforts and those of former British spy Christopher Steele, but Judge Christopher Cooper ruled on Saturday that he didn’t. would not allow “the kind of in-depth analysis of the evidence that would be required to discover that such a joint venture existed, and who might have joined.

“While the special counsel presented evidence of a collective effort to disseminate the alleged connection between Trump and Alfa Bank to the press and others, the contours of this company and its participants are not entirely clear. obvious,” wrote Cooper, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama.

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