Gov't Targets 'Privilege' Of Clinton-Linked Atty In Trial Opener

By Justin Wise (May 17, 2022, 4:23 PM EDT) — Ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann’s criminal trial kicked off Tuesday with federal prosecutors painting the former attorney to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as a well-heeled Washington, D.C., insider with the “privilege” to try to use the FBI as a political tool during the 2016 campaign.

Special counsel John Durham’s team targeted Sussmann’s connections at the upper echelons of law enforcement, claiming he used his profile as a “high-powered lawyer” to dupe the FBI about whom he was working for when he shared information with investigators purportedly showing a secret channel between then-candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank.

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