达勒姆探头: 前联邦调查局官员预计将在苏斯曼审判中站出来, 作为辩护计划争论不审

The government is also expected to call former FBI officials Bill Priestap and Trisha Anderson to the stand for questioning.

Priestap 担任 FBI 的反间谍助理主任 2015 至 2018. Anderson was the bureau’s principal deputy general counsel of national security.

Fox News reported earlier this year that Priestap had testified before the grand jury impaneled as part of Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

FBI LAWYER JAMES BAKER TESTIFIES HE’S ‘NOT OUT TO GET’ SUSSMANN: ‘THIS IS NOT MY INVESTIGATION, IT’S YOURS

James Baker, who served as FBI general counsel, left the bureau in 2018.

James Baker, who served as FBI general counsel, left the bureau in 2018. (Official FBI photo)

Sussmann’s defense, 周三晚, signaled its intent to motion for a mistrial Thursday morning – a request U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper, who is presiding over the trial, 说他是 “not inclinedto grant.

Sussmann’s attorney, Sean Berkowitz, on Wednesday afternoon said he planned to argue for a mistrial on Thursday, due to a back-and-forth that came from the hours-long questioning and testimony of former Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias.

At one point during cross-examination by the defense, Elias was asked whether Sussmann went to the FBI in September 2016 with data alleging a covert communications channel between Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

I think you’d have to ask Mr. 苏斯曼,” Elias said.

后来, the prosecution brought Sussmann’s response up – a move the defense said violates Sussmann’s rights.

Cooper on Wednesday, 虽然, said the defenseshould be prepared to deal with witnesses [明天], and said he isnot inclined to grant a mistrial.

与此同时, the government is expected to begin the day Thursday by questioning Baker, who falls at the center of the trial.

SUSSMANN-DURHAM TRIAL: MARC ELIAS SAYS HE BRIEFED CLINTON CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS ON FUSION GPS OPPO AGAINST TRUMP

Sussmann has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI when he told Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the presidential election, that he was not doing workfor any clientwhen he requested and attended a meeting where he presentedpurported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communicates channelbetween the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

Durham’s team alleges Sussmann was, 事实上, doing work for two clients: the Hillary Clinton campaign and a technology executive, Rodney Joffe. Following the meeting with Baker, Sussmann billed the Hillary Clinton campaign for his work.

Sussmann has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Baker first took the stand Wednesday afternoon, and explained that the 2016 meeting was initially requested by Sussmann via text message to his personal phone on Sept. 18, 2016.

Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division, testifying during a Judiciary Committee hearing into alleged collusion between Russian and the Trump campaign.

Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, testifying during a Judiciary Committee hearing into alleged collusion between Russian and the Trump campaign. (路透社, 文件)

达勒姆, in a filing in the weeks leading up to the 试用, referenced these text messages, 说 “the night before the defendant met with the general counsel, the defendant conveyed the same lie in writing and sent the following text message to the general counsel’s personal cellphone.

DURHAM RELEASES FORMER CLINTON LAWYER MICHAEL SUSSMANN’S TEXT MESSAGE, SAYS HE PUT ‘LIE IN WRITING

Baker testified that he had forgotten about the text conversation and found it in response to a request from the government earlier this year. Baker said that in March, Durham asked him tolook foremails and other communications he may have had with Sussmann.

I’m not out to get Michael and this is not my investigation, it’s yours,” Baker said to the prosecution. “Nobody had asked me to go look for this material before that.

Baker testified that upon finding the text messages, he notified the government through his attorneyas quickly as I could,” and said FBI agentscame to my housethat same afternoon.

John Durham and Michael Sussmann.

John Durham and Michael Sussmann. (Perkins Coie)

Baker explained his relationship with Sussmann, saying the two were “朋友们” who had kept in contact, but testified that he wasa bit surprisedto receive the texts.

DURHAM-SUSSMANN TRIAL: JUDGE ‘NOT INCLINED’ TO DECLARE MISTRIAL, DESPITE ATTEMPT FROM DEFENSE

I was a bit surprised to get it from Michael, kind of wondered how he got my personal cell number, but Michael is a friend so it didn’t really freak me out,” Baker testified. “I trust Michael, it seemed to me at the time it was very important and so I thought I should meet with him right away.

The government presented the text messages to the jury for consideration Wednesday.

The text message stated: “Jim – it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss,” the text message stated, according to Durham. “Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks.

Baker replied, “好. I will find a time. What might work for you?”

Sussmann replied: “Any time but lunchtime you name it.

“2:00pm in my office? Do you have a badge or do you need help getting into the building?” Baker responded.

I have a badge. Please remind me of your room #,Sussmann said.

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Baker on Wednesday explained that he thought Sussmann could have a badge to admit him into the FBI headquarters due to the work he often did with clients and law enforcement.

Durham’s team, in its opening statement 星期二, argued that the Sussmann case is one focused onprivilege.

Privilege of a lawyer who thought he could lie to the FBI without consequences; privilege of a lawyer who thought that for the powerful, normal rules didn’t apply,” government prosecutors argued on behalf of the government.

The government argued that in bringing theserious allegationsto the FBI, 苏斯曼 “bypassed normal channels and went straight to the FBI’s top lawyer,” referring to Baker.

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