Michael Sussmann, the previous Perkins Coie attorney indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI, pleaded not guilty to one rely of creating a false assertion to a federal agent.
Sussmann was indicted for allegedly telling the FBI that he was not doing work “for any consumer” when he requested and held a September 2016 meeting by which he offered proof of a purported secret communications channel between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. The case happened on account of Special Counsel John Durham’s probe of the origins of the Russia investigation.
CLINTON CAMPAIGN LAWYER MICHAEL SUSSMANN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LYING TO FBI DURING RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui launched Sussmann on his personal recognizance and set a courtroom date of September 22 for a standing convention earlier than D.C. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper.
Sussmann faces up to 5 years in jail if convicted of the cost. His guilty plea comes regardless of his attorneys saying in a press release that he was working “on behalf of a cyber professional consumer” when he met with FBI General Counsel James Baker. Nevertheless, attorneys Sean Berkowitz and Michael Bosworth of the legislation agency Latham & Watkins claimed that the prosecution was “baseless and politically-inspired.”
The indictment alleges that Sussmann was engaged on behalf of a tech trade govt, an American web firm, and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prosecutors declare that Sussmann’s “lie” was a cloth as a result of it “misled the FBI General Counsel and different FBI personnel regarding the political nature of his work,” and since having data such because the identities of Sussmann’s shoppers may have helped them assess the data offered.
The indictment notes that Sussmann beforehand contradicted his declare that he was not engaged on behalf of any shoppers when he appeared earlier than the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017. According to a partial transcript of that interview, Sussmann was requested if it was appropriate that he had contacted the FBI General Counsel of his personal volition. Sussmann replied, “No,” then confirmed that he had been engaged on behalf of a consumer.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.