Friday, May 27, 2022

The Sussman Case Goes to the Jury

Fox News is reporting that the Sussman trial has concluded, and the case now rests in the hands of the Washington D.C. jury. The judge has declared that due to personal business (party on, dude), even if the jury reaches a verdict today, the verdict will not be be read until Tuesday.  Sussman is accused of lying to the FBI when he asked his personal friend, FBI General Counsel James Baker for a meeting during work hours, and told him he had important information that that the FBI should investigate on behalf of no particular client. The information was reports of internet traffic between the Trump organization and Alfa Bank in Moscow, a Putin related business. The report was so ridiculous that FBI technicians quickly debunked it; the traffic was email spam. Nevertheless, upper echelon at the Bureau concealed it's origin from lower level agents assigned to further investigate the matter as part of their expanding probe into everything Trump, and told them the information came from the DOJ. Evidence strongly suggests Sussman did, in fact, tell Baker he did not do it benefit a particular client, both in an email, and in person, and that he billed the time he spent on the matter to the Clinton campaign, and even expensed the thumb drives that he used to bring the data to the FBI to the Clinton campaign. Baker, for his part, despite his friendship with Sussman, says he would likely have refused to meet with him on the matter if he knew he was coming on behalf of the Clinton campaign. Seems to me like the prosecution has met all requirements to convict, but then, you have to consider the jury. Since our last update, last weekend:

Trump reacts to testimony that Clinton spread Russia allegations: 'Where do I get my reputation back?' - Fox News
Bongino: Sussmann trial ‘the biggest political scandal in modern history’ - Fox News
‘Clinton … did ENORMOUS harm to the country’: WSJ destroys media AND Hillary Clinton over Russia-Trump hoax in DAMNING op-ed –
Apparently, While Investigating Trump-Russia, Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann Never Interviewed Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook - The Last Refuge
Sunday Talks, Kash Patel Gives His Review of Sussmann Trial Revelations - The Last Refuge
FLASHBACK, Representative Steve Chalbot Questions Robert Mueller About Origin of Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax - The Last Refuge
Clinton campaign aides try to 'protect the queen' at Sussmann trial - NYPo
‘Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!’ - The Other McCain
Hillary Did it, In the Back Room, With the Chardonnay Bottle – PJ Media
Bulwark: That Alfa Bank story is a still a bit of a mystery – HotAir
Russiagate investigator believes Durham cracked 'insurance policy' mystery - WaEx
Here’s Where The Special Counsel Criminal Case Stands
Durham Drops Another Bombshell, Reveals FBI Lied About Hillary Clinton-Supplied Disinformation – RedState
FLASHBACK: Watch Hillary Trash Trump for Election 'Funny Stuff' When She Was Doing It – PJ Media
‘Should Be Held Fully Accountable’: Republicans Hammer Clinton For Peddling False Russia Collusion Claims - The Daily Wire
Impeach Hillary Clinton In 2023 – Issues & Insights
Ace of Spades HQ The Bulwark: Hillary Clinton Is Innocent of the Alfa Bank Hoax and Also It's Not a Hoax PS: Mission Accomplished, Conservatism Conserved!
Instapundit - JONATHAN TURLEY: How the Sussmann trial revealed Hillary Clinton’s role in the Alfa Bank scandal. …
Ace of Spades HQ FBI Agents: We Were Lied To About Where the Clinton Alfa Bank Hoax Came From; Other FBI Agents Told Us It Was DOJ-Originated Intelligence
FBI wrongly told its agents Trump-Russia collusion claims had come from DOJ: document
'Typo' concealed Sussmann's identity from investigators, agent testifies - Washington Times
FBI leadership was 'fired up' about alleged secret channel between Trump-Russian bank: Sussmann trial - Fox News
Howie Carr: Unraveling Hillary Clinton's Russia hoax ... starting with Michael Sussmann
Instapundit - HOWIE CARR: Unraveling Hillary Clinton’s Russia hoax … starting with Michael Sussmann.
Sussmann trial reveals FBI internal investigation of Crossfire Hurricane agents – HotAir
Durham Trial: FBI Counterintelligence Chief of Trump Russia Scam Has a Lousy Memory – PJ Media
FBI Agent Being Investigated For Withholding Exculpatory Info In Trump-Russia Probe… - Weasel Zippers
Durham Trial Drawing to Close Without Hillary's Lawyer Testifying Why He Gave FBI Trump Russia Disinfo – PJ Media
Judge Just Threw Another Roadblock Into Durham's Case Against Sussmann – RedState
Court Testimony Shows How Spygate Conspirators Deceived The FBI
Deep State Allies Play Judge, Jury and Perhaps Executioner Against Durham - Newsweek
Special Counsel John Durham's team says evidence has 'proven' Sussmann is guilty - Fox News

My personal opinion is, like Stacy McCain, is ‘Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!’, with the following caveat. At the upper levels, Washington D.C. is a very small town. Baker knew Sussman, and who he worked for. Baker would have to be stupid to imagine that Sussman was coming to him out of altruism, but the words needed to be said so that the FBI could use the information to expand their investigation. Baker is not stupid, nor is Sussman. The FBI leadership was hot to investigate Trump, and if they needed an excuse to overlook the obvious partisan motivation to proceed, he would provide it, and they would accept it at face value. 

Given the partisan judge, and heavily partisan jury, I will be pleasantly surprised if the jury comes back with a guilty verdict. Nevertheless, getting the evidence out to the public has been a useful exercise. 

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