Even as questions remain about whether Hillary Clinton will face any personal responsibility for setting the fake Trump-Russia narrative into motion, the second week of the trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann resumed on Monday.
George Washington University law professor and Fox News contributor Jonathan Turely said on Friday that he doubts Clinton will face “direct responsibility.” Turley told “Special Report” host Bret Baier that Hillary Clinton, like Voldemort of Harry Potter lore, is one “who must not be named in a scandal.”
Turley’s observation comes even though Clinton’s former campaign manager, Robby Mook, said she directly approved the false Russian narrative for release to the media as he testified at the Sussmann trial on Friday.
As the trial entered its second week on Monday, Special Counsel John Durham’s team was set to begin calling former FBI officials to testify. Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Bill Priestap and former deputy general counsel for national security Trisha Anderson were expected to be called.
It also believed that the team of prosecutors could call Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz as a witness this week.
Sussmann is being prosecuted for allegedly lying to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 about his professional role in bringing the Russian allegations to the agency. Sussmann is claimed to have said he was not representing any client when he delivered the material although it appears he was in fact working on behalf of the Clinton campaign and billed for his time and work in the matter.
Priestap and Anderson are believed to have the capacity to testify about handwritten notes they made at the time regarding Baker’s meeting with Sussmann.
Baker testified last week that the FBI initiated an investigation based on Sussmann’s claims that lasted “maybe a month and half.” He said that the FBI could not confirm Sussmann’s allegations, testifying that “there was nothing there.”
In addition to Clinton’s approval of sending the narrative to friendly media outlets, Mook testified that former campaign officials John Podesta and Jake Sullivan were involved in the plan to share the allegations. Sullivan currently serves as Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor.
President Donald Trump told Fox News on Saturday that the Clinton campaign’s fabrication of the Russian allegations is “one of the greatest political scandals in history.” He said that after three years of “fighting those crooked people off” he wonders now, “Where do I get my reputation back?”