Bombshell testimony that Hillary Clinton personally authorized to give a reporter since-debunked data on Donald Trump and Russia was part of a chess-like maneuver to “protect the queen,” a former US Justice Department official told The Post.
Jim Trusty said Friday’s revelation by former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, which he was quick to push back, actually overlapped with other statements in which Mook and the campaign’s former general counsel Marc Elias both said they didn’t know that campaign attorney Michael Sussmann planned to provide the information to the FBI as well.
Both men said they would have objected to the move had they known.
“The strategy here is Protect the Queen!” Trusty said in an email.
“The Knights (advocates for the campaign, the campaign manager) drew the line – they admitted what they have to admit.”
Meanwhile, Mook and Elias also suggested that Clinton “was shocked, shocked that Sussmann went to the FBI,” said Trusty, now a Washington, DC attorney and Fox News contributor.
“Legal representation just doesn’t work that way. You don’t “freelance” a visit to the FBI while billing your client for the time,” he said.
“The defense is basically trying to give a fig leaf to any biased jury who wants to acquit.”
Former FBI agent Thomas J. Baker also told The Post: “Whether or not Sussmann is found guilty or innocent, [special counsel John] I think Durham has already spelled out what these people were up to and what was going on.
“It paints a picture of Sussmann colluding with other people to implicate the FBI in an investigation and smear a presidential candidate,” he said.
Sussmann is on trial in DC for lying to the government when he met with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker on September 19, 2016 and handed over material allegedly creating a cyber backchannel between a Trump Organization server and Russia showed Alfa-Bank.
He is accused of falsely denying he was acting on behalf of a client, with Durham claiming Sussmann actually worked for both the Clinton campaign and Rodney Joffe, a technology executive who told him about the data.
Thomas Baker suggested that the case against Sussmann would have been stronger had it not been for changes made by former FBI Director Robert Mueller after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“Moving from a law enforcement agency to an intelligence agency has changed the culture,” he said.
“Part of it is that they got rid of agent executives and replaced them with so-called professionals like James Baker.”
Thomas Baker said that if James Baker had been an FBI agent, he would have immediately called another agent to attend the meeting with Sussmann and create an official report called “302.”
Instead, James Baker took no notes and left Sussmann’s statements open-ended, he said.
In a recent column for The Post, former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy said Durham “seems to have built a case of historic importance” that “convicted the Clinton campaign of being guilty of perhaps the worst dirty trick in American presidential election history.” represents”.
“The problem for Durham is that he didn’t indict the grand scheme, Judge [Christopher] Cooper is limiting what he can tell the jury about this,” McCarthy wrote.
“On the other hand, to the extent that Sussmann was directly involved in the scheme, the court is inclined to let Durham prove it.”
A different view was taken on Thursday by US Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who tweeted: “I don’t think the Durham trial of Michael Sussmann is about convicting Michael Sussmann at all.”
“I think the whole purpose of this trial is to inoculate the FBI and DOJ against the charge that they were involved in the Russia hoax,” he said.
Sussmann’s trial is scheduled to continue on Monday. If convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/22/clinton-campaign-aides-try-to-protect-the-queen-at-sussmann-trial/ Clinton’s campaign workers try to protect the Queen in the Sussmann trial