A federal judge denied a request by Hillary Clinton’s former campaign lawyer to dismiss the case brought against him by special prosecutor John Durham on Wednesday, April 13. As a result, the trial will begin next month.
Michael Sussmann had filed a motion in February to dismiss a false statement charge against a federal agent, to which he pleaded not guilty.
According to The Hill, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper denied the request because “the Court cannot resolve this standoff before trial,” and ordered the trial to proceed in Durham’s office as planned.
Durham accused Sussmann of concealing that he was working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign when he met a couple of months before the 2016 presidential election with James Baker, the FBI’s top lawyer, to whom he was apparently going to present evidence that former President Trump had a hidden link to a Russian bank.
Cooper said in his ruling, according to Fox News, “Specifically, Sussmann allegedly told Baker that he was not attending the meeting on behalf of any client when, in fact, he had assembled and was conveying the information on behalf of two specific clients:
- A technology-industry executive named Rodney Joffe
- The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign,”
Judge Cooper added, “The FBI opened an investigation based on the information Sussmann provided but ultimately determined that there was insufficient evidence to support the existence of a communication channel between the Trump campaign and the Russian bank.”
Sussmann’s trial is scheduled to begin on May 16.