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Michael Sussman, a former Perkins Coe attorney who was charged with allegedly lying to the FBI, pleaded not guilty to a count of making false statements to a federal agent.

Sussman was indicted for allegedly telling the FBI that he was not working “for any clients” when he requested and conducting a September 2016 meeting in which he spoke to then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. provided evidence of an alleged secret communication channel between The case emerged as a result of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

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Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman accused of lying to the FBI during Russia investigation

Magistrate Judge Zia Farooqui released Sussman on her identity and set September 22 for a status conference before DC District Court Judge Christopher Cooper.

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If convicted of the charge, Sussman faces up to five years in prison. His guilty plea comes despite his lawyers saying in a statement that he was acting “on behalf of a cyber expert client” when he met with FBI General Counsel James Baker. Nevertheless, attorneys Sean Berkowitz and Michael Bosworth of the law firm Latham & Watkins claimed that the prosecution was “baseless and politically motivated”.

David Sussman, well, is entering court on Friday.

Who Is Michael Sussman, the Clinton Campaign Lawyer Involved in the Durham Investigation?

The indictment alleges that Sussman was a tech industry executive, an American Internet company and acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prosecutors claimed that Sussman’s “lie” was significant because it “misled the FBI General Counsel and other FBI personnel about the political nature of his work,” and because information such as the identities of Sussman’s clients provided him with Assessment of the information provided could have helped.

The indictment noted that Sussman had previously denied his claim that he was not acting on behalf of any client when he appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017. According to a partial transcript of that interview, Sussman was asked if it was true that he had made contact. FBI General Counsel of his own free will. Sussman replied, “No,” then confirmed that he was acting on behalf of a client.

This is the second prosecution to come out of the Durham investigation, following the guilty plea of ​​Kevin Klinesmith, a former FBI attorney who was accused of altering an email that led the court to the CIA of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Relationship with was barred from knowing.

Granthshala News’ Jake Gibson and