Michael Sussmann, a Democratic lawyer, was indicted by a federal grand jury sought by Special Counsel John Durham on Thursday, which accuses him of lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his motives concerning the ensuing investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign connections to Russia.
According to the indictment, Sussmann accusation of lying stems from a September 2016 meeting he had with the FBI about information he have the agency concerning “files allegedly containing evidence supporting the existence of this purported secret communication channel” the Trump campaign supposedly had with a Russian bank.
The indictment also stated the following:
During the meeting, SUSSMANN lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI. Specifically, SUSSMANN stated falsely that he was not doing work on the aforementioned allegations “for any client,” which led the FBI General Counsel to understand that SUSSMANN was acting as a good citizen merely passing along information, not as a paid advocate or political operative. In fact, and as alleged in further detail below, this statement was intentionally false and misleading because, in assembling and conveying these allegations, SUSSMANN acted on behalf of specific clients, namely, (i) a U.S. technology industry executive (“Tech Executive-1”) at a U.S. Internet company (“Internet Company-“), and (ii) the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign (the “Clinton Campaign”).
SUSSMANN’s lie was material because, among other reasons, SUSSMANN’s false statement misled the FBI General Counsel and other FBI personnel concerning the political nature of his work and deprived the FBI of information that might have permitted it more fully to assess and uncover the origins of the relevant data and technical analysis, including the identities and motivations of SUSSMANN’s clients.
On top of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russian agents turning up nothing, Trump’s years-long assessment that it was nothing more than what he called a "hoax” seems to be materializing further, albeit too late to really matter.
Fox News reported that Sussmann’s attorneys released a statement claiming the indictment is based completely on “politics, not facts.”
“Michael Sussmann was indicted today because of politics, not facts,” the statement read. “The Special Counsel appears to be using this indictment to advance a conspiracy theory he has chosen not to actually charge. This case represents the opposite of everything the Department of Justice is supposed to stand for. Mr. Sussmann will fight this baseless and politically-inspired prosecution.”
Hmm, “politically-inspired prosecution?” Are we talking about Sussmann, or the two impeachment trials Trump was forced to go through?
If Sussmann is found guilty of the accusations leveled in the indictment, it seems as if “the Russia hoax” will take another step towards becoming a “false” reality.