WASHINGTON, DC – On May 25th, the prosecution in the Michael Sussmann trial rested their case, but not before presenting the jury what is arguably the most damning evidence in the case: a bill Sussmann reportedly handed to the Hillary Clinton campaign regarding his September 2016 meeting with the FBI to deliver the Russia hoax allegations.
Sussmann is currently on trial regarding a meeting between him and the FBI that occurred back on September 19th, 2016, where he allegedly lied to an FBI agent about him not representing and/or working on the behalf of any clients when he handed off allegations proclaiming that then-candidate Trump held a secret communication channel with the Russian-based financial institution Alfa Bank.
As Red Voice Media covered in previous reports regarding the ongoing trial, FBI agents associated with the 2016 investigation had testified in court that the Alfa Bank allegations were not only unfounded but were also determined to be bunk relatively quickly – with one agent alleging they’d reached such a conclusion within 24 hours.
And while the Sussmann trial has afforded a level of insight into the attempts to derail Trump’s 2016 journey to the White House that was previously unseen by the general public, the million dollar question in this case is whether or not Sussmann willfully lied to FBI General Counsel James Baker during the September 2016 meeting.
Prosecutors called their final witness to the stand on May 25th, who is a paralegal on John Durham’s team by the name of Kori Arsenault. This paralegal guided the jury through a series of expense reports, billing records, and relevant emails that showcased Sussmann was working on the behalf of the Clinton campaign when he’d met with the FBI in September of 2016.
But the seemingly smoking gun in this testimony was when Arsenault produced a bill dated September 19th, 2016 – the very day Sussmann met with the FBI – which billed the Clinton campaign for three hours involving “work and communications regarding a confidential project.”
As if the services bill weren’t damning enough, the use of the term “confidential project” serves as potentially more damaging in the matter, as evidence previously introduced in the trial established that Sussmann had on other occasions referred to attempts to link Trump and Russia as being “a confidential project.”
Keep in mind that Sussmann is being charged for allegedly lying to the FBI by telling Baker during that 2016 meeting that he wasn’t working on “behalf of any client” when handing over the Alfa Bank allegations – yet evidence showed he billed the Clinton campaign the same exact day of, and evidently for, the very meeting in question.
While Sussmann’s legal defense worked their best to combat the evidence presented in the September 2016 bill, the best defense attorney Michael Bosworth could foster was saying there’s no direct reference to the word “FBI” in the September 19th, 2016 bill.
It’s unclear as of this time whether Sussmann will be testifying in his own trial.