There will be a lot said about the Michael Sussmann trial, no matter the verdict. But the serial defiance Durham prosecutors showed towards Judge Christopher Cooper's orders makes the overall project clear. In spite of being prohibited from doing so, Durham attempted to criminalize, under a conspiracy theory, perfectly legal behavior.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Reporters are stating, as fact, that it is unusual for DOJ to request for help from a congressional investigation that has (overtly at least) gotten a head start. That's a major misreading of what happened in the Mueller investigation.
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