This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney John Durham. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)
UPDATED 2:40 PM PT – Thursday, September 16, 2021
Special counsel John Durham has filed new charges in his ongoing probe into the Russia investigation. According to the Washington Post on Thursday, a grand jury working with Durham handed up an indictment against attorney Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann, who is employed by a firm with close ties to the Democrat Party, is accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2016. He reportedly cited concerns about a possible tie between a Russia-based bank and a computer server at one of President Trump’s companies.
According to the indictment against him, “Sussmann lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI. Specifically, Sussmann stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations for any client,” misleading the FBI’s general counsel.
However, attorneys for Sussmann have denied any wrongdoing. Additionally, they claimed “any prosecution here would be baseless, unprecedented and unwarranted deviation from the apolitical and principled way in which the Department of Justice is supposed to do its work.”
Meanwhile, Durham is also reportedly pursuing a theory that Sussmann was secretly representing Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well. The indictment mentions that Sussmann was working with the Clinton presidential campaign on cybersecurity matters at the time.