(Republican Insider) – It’s been five-and-a-half years since then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton published a tweet where she made an unsubstantiated allegation against her opponent, Donald Trump.
Jump to today, and that tweet has now become a potential piece of evidence in the trial of one of her lawyers, according to a report coming out of The Gazette.
Michael Sussman, a Democratic cybersecurity lawyer, was indicted last fall in September.
“When Sussman repeated false accusations of an improper relationship between the Trump Organization and Russia to the FBI general counsel in September 2016, he allegedly hid the fact that he worked for the Clinton campaign,” the Western Journal reported.
“This is problematic because a Clinton campaign staffer would have a particular interest in any information that could harm her opponent. Instead of admitting his conflict of interest, Sussman allegedly concealed it from the FBI,” the report continued.
Sussman has already pleaded not guilty to the crime and he is currently slated to stand trial in May, according to The Gazette.
Special Counsel John Durham has made a request of the federal court last week to allow the 2016 tweet from Clinton to be admitted as evidence in the trial. Clinton, in the tweet, pushes the same debunked claims that Sussman took to the FBI.
“It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,” Clinton wrote in the tweet.
A screenshot that was attached to Clinton’s tweet accuses the Trump Organization of having a “secret server to communicate with Russian Alfa Bank.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
This accusation has actually been debunked by investigations conducted by the CIA, FBI, and special counsel Robert Mueller, along with the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Durham himself.
Durham has revealed that his goal in presenting the tweet as evidence would be to “show the existence of the defendant’s attorney-client relationship with the Clinton Campaign, which is directly relevant to the false statement charge.”
He then went on to argue the tweet shouldn’t be considered inadmissible hearsay due to the fact “it is not being offered for its truth.”
However, Sussman’s lawyers are disputing that reasoning.
“The Tweet — which Mr. Sussmann did not author, issue, authorize, or even know about — is irrelevant, prejudicial, and would only confuse and distract the jury from the single false statement charge it must decide,” the defense attorney remarked, according to The Gazette.
“Durham alleged Sussman ‘communicated with the media and provided them with the [Alfa-Bank] data and allegations’ and told Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias about it. Meanwhile, Durham said Elias ‘communicated with the Clinton Campaign’s leadership about potential media coverage of these issues,'” the WJ reported.
“He believes that Clinton’s tweet, along with other evidence to be presented at the trial, will prove Sussman and other Clinton agents were “assembling and disseminating the [Alfa-Bank] allegations and other derogatory information about Trump and his associates to the media and the U.S. government,” which he says constitutes a joint venture,” the report continued.
The Sussman trial might actually implicate other agents who worked for Clinton beyond just himself.
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