The presiding judge in a criminal case that has the potential to blow the lid off of Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax has just turned the matter over to the jury on Friday, as the Daily Wire reports.
Deliberations in the case of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann commenced after the defendant himself decided not to take the stand in response to the charge of lying to the FBI, on which he was indicted last September.
As NBC News notes, the prosecution is the first to arise thus far out of Special Counsel John Durham’s probe of the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation that devoured much of the former president’s term in office.
The prosecution in the matter stemmed from allegations that Sussmann made a false statement to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker when he said he was not representing any specific client in offering information about supposed link between Trump and a Russian bank.
Evidence was brought forward in the case, however, indicating that Sussmann was in fact working on behalf of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and billing for time spent on attempting to spark a federal investigation into the spurious claims about Trump.
Before Judge Christopher Cooper turned the matter over to jurors, both sides presented closing arguments, with U.S. Attorney Jonathan Algor asserting that Sussmann “used his privilege as a high-powered Washington lawyer, as a former [Justice Department] prosecutor, and as a friend …to bypass normal channels and expedite a meeting with the FBI’s [now former] general counsel.”
Describing the evidence against Sussmann as “overwhelming,” Algor added that the defendant “knew that he had to hide his clients if there was any chance of getting his allegations into the FBI. It wasn’t about national security. It was about promoting opposition research against the opposition candidate Donald Trump.”
Sussmann attorney Sean Berkowitz argued that Baker’s story has changed over time, and he characterized the prosecution’s presentation as “misdirection” and “smoke and mirrors,” according to the Daily Wire.
Given the fact that the trial yielded high-profile testimony that Clinton herself approved the dissemination of materials supposedly substantiating a Trump-Russia connection despite knowing her advisers were not “totally confident” in their reliability, hopefully there will be a guilty verdict against Sussmann that is the first of many more, as Durham continues to expose the truth behind one of the worst political dirty tricks in the nation’s history.