John Durham is back. According to The New York Times, the special counsel appointed by then-Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe wants to indict Michael Sussman, a former federal prosecutor, for allegedly lying to investigators while discussing President Trump’s ties to Russia.
A decision to charge Michael Sussmann, a prominent cybersecurity attorney and former federal prosecutor, with lying to the FBI is expected within days. It is related to a 2016 contact with the FBI when Sussmann allegedly raised the prospect of a connection between a Russian bank and former President Donald Trump’s private business with then-FBI general counsel James Baker, said the source, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
At issue, the source said, is whether Sussmann’s meeting with the FBI involved representation of a client.
The timing of any charging decision is linked to a five-year statute of limitation consideration which would expire Sunday.
The Justice Department declined comment Thursday. Sussmann’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing by their client.