A text message unveiled by Special Counsel John H. Durham Monday appears to provide evidence that Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, misled the FBI when reporting claims about candidate Donald Trump and Russia.
The text message is being described as a “smoking gun” by some observers because it appears to be written corroboration of charges against Sussmann. Furthermore, evidence in Durham’s filing also implicates the Clinton campaign in a “conspiracy.”
Sussmann is on trial for lying to the FBI, allegedly because he presented himself as a concerned citizen rather than a lawyer working for the Clinton campaign. His claims about a Trump connection to Russia via Alfa Bank were debunked as a hoax.