A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against cybersecurity attorney Michael Sussmann, who represented the DNC in connection with the 2016 Russia hack. Special Counsel John Durham sought the charge.
The grand jury indictment accused Sussmann of lying when he "stated to the General Counsel of the FBI that he was not acting on behalf of any client in conveying particular allegations concerning a Presidential candidate, when in truth, and fact, as the defendant well knew, he was acting on behalf of specific clients, namely, Tech Executive-1 and the Clinton Campaign," reports Huffington Post.
Durham was named special counsel to investigate the Russia probe by the Trump administration. The indictment was returned before the five-year statute of limitations expired.
"The case against Mr. Sussmann centers on the question of who his client was when he conveyed certain suspicions about Mr. Trump and Russia to the FBI in September 2016,” who was allegedly connected to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign through his work at law firm Perkins Coie.
"Among other things, investigators have examined whether Mr. Sussmann was secretly working for the Clinton campaign — which he denies."
During the meeting with the FBI, "Sussmann relayed data and analysis from cybersecurity researchers who thought that odd internet data might be evidence of a covert communications channel between computer servers associated with the Trump Organization and with Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution."
In the final days of the 2016 campaign, candidate Hillary Clinton publicly pushed the narrative on Twitter.
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.
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