Sussmann's Clients Not 'Dispositive' For Probe, Official Says

By Justin Wise (May 23, 2022, 4:43 PM EDT) — A former FBI counterintelligence chief said Monday that a tip in 2016 about a supposed connection between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank would represent a potential national security threat and that the tipster’s motivation would not be “dispositive” on whether to open an investigation.

Bill Priestap, a government witness in the case against ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann, told jurors that knowing whether Sussmann was acting to benefit Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign would have been important to know when the attorney approached the FBI with allegations regarding potential links between Trump and Russia.

“Motivation is relevant, but…

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