Durham wants jurors to hear about ‘Steele dossier’ during ex-Clinton lawyer’s trial

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Special Counsel John Durham wants jurors at the upcoming trial of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann to learn about the “intersection” of his work against former President Donald Trump with that of the author of the discredited “Steele dossier.”

During a pretrial hearing in Sussmann’s case, Durham lawyer Andrew DeFilippis revealed that while former British spy Christopher Steele is on the prosecution’s witness list, he won’t likely be called to the stand because he’s overseas, the Washington Examiner reported.

But DeFilippis reportedly said jurors should be told about a July 2016 meeting between Sussmann and Steele, calling it “incredibly probative and relevant” evidence.

DeFilippis repeatedly pointed to the “strong intersection” between the efforts of Sussmann and Steele, noting that former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook acknowledged they were part of the same “work stream” involving the Fusion GPS research company and the Perkins Coie law firm.

Defense lawyer Sean Berkowitz argued against any mention of Steele at Sussmann’s trial, saying that “invoking even his name is a lightning rod” and “would be unduly prejudicial” to the defendant.

Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie partner, is charged with lying to the FBI when he allegedly denied working for Clinton’s campaign while offering up explosive claims of a “secret channel” between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

Berkowitz said that Sussmann’s conversation with Steele was “relatively innocuous” and that Sussmann “doesn’t recall ever seeing Steele again.”

Berkowitz also argued that there’s “no evidence that Mr. Sussmann knew what Mr. Steele was doing” and warned that introducing the matter wo... (Read more)