In a court filing late Monday, Durham included a text message from Sussmann to then-FBI General Counsel Jim Baker the night before their meeting.
The filing reads in part:
Indeed, on September 18, 2016, at 7:24 p.m., i.e., the night before the defendant met with the General Counsel, the defendant conveyed the same lie in writing and sent the following text message to the General Counsel’s personal cellphone:
Jim — It’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau. Thanks. (emphasis added)
Durham has long alleged that Sussmann never admitted to working for the DNC and the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Sussmann’s text reinforces that claim as, in it, he fails to tell Baker he was working for Trump’s opponent and claimed he was acting on his own. (RELATED: ‘Centrist’ Think Tank Keeps Reappearing in Durham Probe)
Hours after sending that message, Sussmann presented evidence purporting to show a connection between a Kremlin-linked Russian bank and the Trump Organization.
The FBI was never able to substantiate any connection between the two, but that didn’t keep Sussmann from reportedly going to the press.
As Law & Crime reports:
Durham has also alleged that Sussmann was the one who leaked information to the press about “a mysterious back channel between the Trump Organization and [the Alfa Bank]” — to use the words of one subsequent article. According to Durham’s motion in limine:
For example, billing records and emails reflect that on September 1, 2016, the defendant met with the reporter who published the aforementioned Newspaper-1 article. The defendant billed his time for the meeting to the Clinton Campaign under the broader billing description “confidential meetings regarding confidential project.”
The development is the latest from the methodical special counsel, who, since 2019, has continued to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. (RELATED: Leading Republicans Reveal What Durham’s Up Against)