Clinton Lawyer Gave False Trump-Russia Data to CIA in 2017: Witnesses

WASHINGTON, DC — Former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann denied he was “representing a client” when he gave the CIA erroneous data linking Donald Trump to Russia, and appeared “frustrated” that officials weren’t there. taking the information seriously, two former agency officials said. employees testified Friday.

A former spy, identified in court only as “Kevin P.” — 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 flash drives that he said came from unidentified “contacts” and showed a secret cyber channel between a Trump Organization server and Russia’s Alfa Bank, said Kevin P.

“He said he was not representing a client,” the witness testified, adding that Sussmann also said he had previously provided “similar but unrelated” information to the FBI.

Sussmann, 57, is on trial in Washington, DC federal court for allegedly denying that he was acting on behalf of a client when he handed over two thumb drives and three “white papers” on alleged Trump-Russia ties to then-General of the FBI. attorney James Baker on September 19, 2016.

Sussmann is charged with a single count of lying to the government, with special counsel John Durham claiming he was actually working for the Clinton campaign and another client, tech executive Rodney Joffe, who told Sussmann about the data.

Sussman worked as a campaign attorney for Hillary Clinton.
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After the meeting at CIA headquarters, Kevin P.’s colleague, identified as “Steve M.” — drafted a memorandum summarizing what happened and noting that Sussmann had been there on behalf of a client, according to evidence shown to the jury.

But Kevin P. edited the memo to remove the word “client” and replace it with “contacts,” showing another display.

Sussmann’s meeting at Langley appeared to be the result of an earlier meeting with retired CIA officer Mark Chadason, a former station chief in both Europe and North Africa, who testified that he met a Sussmann at a hotel in the Northern Virginia on January 1. December 31, 2017, at the request of a mutual friend.

Pedestrians pass in front of the Alfa Bank branch
Sussman gave the CIA erroneous data linking the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alpha Bank in 2017.

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

Sussmann said he got the information from a Republican client, but added that he was “unsure about revealing himself to the CIA,” the former spy said.

Sussmann also said he planned to go to the New York Times if the CIA didn’t investigate the matter, Chadason recalled.

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

“I understood it as a frustration,” he recalled. “The [Sussmann] He seemed frustrated throughout the meeting.”

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