Clinton attorney bought 17 fake Trump-Russia data to CIA: witnesses

WASHINGTON, DC – Former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann denied he was “representing a client” when he gave the CIA faulty data linking Donald Trump to Russia – and appeared “frustrated” that Officials didn’t take the information seriously, two former agency employees testified on Friday.

An ex-spy – identified only as “Kevin P.” in court. — recalled that he and a colleague met with Sussmann at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, in February 2017, shortly after Trump took office.

Sussmann gave the men two USB sticks that he said came from unidentified “contacts” and showed a secret cyber back channel between a Trump Organization server and Russia’s Alfa Bank, Kevin P.

“He said he didn’t represent a client,” the witness testified, adding that Sussmann also said he had previously given the FBI “similar but unrelated” information.

Sussmann, 57, is on trial in federal court in Washington, DC for allegedly denying he acted on behalf of a client when he gave the then-FBI general two USB flash drives and three “white papers” about the alleged Trump-Russia relations revealed on September 19, 2016, Counsel James Baker.

Sussmann faces a single charge of lying to the government, with special counsel John Durham claiming he actually worked for the Clinton campaign and another client, technology executive Rodney Joffe, who told Sussmann about the data.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sussman worked as Hillary Clinton’s campaign attorney.
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After the meeting at CIA headquarters, Kevin P.’s colleague – identified as “Steve M.” – penned a memo summarizing what had happened, noting that, according to evidence presented to the jury, Sussmann been there on behalf of a client.

But Kevin P. edited the memo to remove the word “customer” and replace it with “contacts,” another exhibit showed.

Sussmann’s meeting in Langley appeared to be the result of an earlier meeting with retired CIA officer Mark Chadason, a former station chief in Europe and North Africa, who testified that he met on 12/13/2017 at the request of a mutual friend.

Pedestrians walk past the Alfa Bank branch
Sussman gave the CIA flawed data in 2017 linking the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank.

Sussmann told Chadason that he wanted to provide the CIA with information about a national security issue and had previously contacted the agency’s general counsel to do so, Chadason said.

Sussmann said he received the information from a Republican client, but added he was “not sure he would reveal himself to the CIA,” the former spy said.

Sussmann also said he plans to go to the New York Times if the CIA doesn’t investigate, Chadason recalled.

Under cross-examination, Chadason said he did not see Sussmann’s remark as a threat but as an act of desperation.

“I took it as frustration,” he recalls. “He [Sussmann] seemed frustrated throughout the meeting.” Clinton attorney bought 17 fake Trump-Russia data to CIA: witnesses


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