John Durham will likely blame Michael Sussmann that, in advance of an election, the FBI called up the agent for the agent of Russian that was the subject of their investigation and told them they were investigating.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
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Three different witnesses have, after interviews with Andrew DeFilippis, claimed to have a memory that conflicts with the documentary record with regards to whether the FBI believed that the white paper Michael Sussmann brought was prepared by the DNC.
The currently “doctored” memory Jim Baker has of what happened on September 19, 2016, is not possible given that he had a meeting immediately after the meeting he had with Michael Sussmann.
A repository of materials from the Michael Sussmann trial related to technical issues.
Sometimes, Bates stamps are a fun way to show how incompetent John Durham’s investigation has been, or the lies he has told to the Judge. Sometimes, though, they leave me with a sense of dread that all the wrong people are going to get hurt.
John Durham accused Michael Sussmann about lying to hide why he shared allegations about Presidential candidate Donald Trump. But formally, at least, the FBI didn’t consider these allegations to be about Trump, they considered them to be about (now sanctioned) Alfa Bank.
Portions of the Michael Sussmann trial transcript unsealed overnight make it clear that Andrew DeFilippis violated not one but two orders from Judge Cooper to set off a media shitstorm over a tweet that Hillary didn’t even have a role in.
Michael Sussmann’s key exhibit proving that even if he lied it couldn’t be material is a tweet that Jim Baker sent just after Trump promised to solicit foreign help getting elected again in 2019.
Andrew DeFilippis pulled a stunt to have someone who admits he’s not an expert on DNS make a categorical attack on the white paper Michael Sussmann shared with the FBI.
Durham lawyer Brittain Shaw’s bid to keep Eric Lichtblau off the stand makes sense from a person in the grip of a fevered conspiracy theory. It doesn’t accord with a professional who has obligations to protect the privilege of others.