Former first lady and ex-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stepped out on Wednesday for the first time since her campaign lawyer was acquitted of lying to the FBI by sending information to agents about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to a woman. bank backed by Moscow.
Clinton, 74, was seen walking the streets of New York City on Wednesday wearing a long, colorful striped coat that reached her knees, along with black pants and blue high heels.
She was seen wearing a black KN95 mask as she walked outside, flanked by a Secret Service agent.
At one point, Clinton could be seen talking to a young supporter who spotted her as she walked.
The outing marks the first time the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate has been seen in public since her campaign lawyer, Michael Sussman, was found not guilty of lying to the FBI on Tuesday, in the first trial of the investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into what prompted the inquiry. in the Trump campaign.
She has not publicly commented on the acquittal, but after the jury foreman announced the decision, Sussman told reporters: ‘I told the FBI the truth, and the jury clearly acknowledged that with their verdict. unanimous today. I am grateful to the members of the jury for their attentive and attentive service.
“Although I have been falsely accused, I am relieved that justice has finally prevailed in my case.” He added that the past year has been “difficult” for him and his family.
“But at this time, we are just grateful for the love and support from so many people during this ordeal and I look forward to getting back to the work that I love,” the attorney said.
Former first lady and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seen on the streets of New York on Wednesday wearing a colorful long coat, black pants and high heels
Clinton, 74, donned a black KN95 mask as she walked out, flanked by a Secret Service agent
At one point, Clinton stopped to speak to a young supporter who spotted Clinton on her way out.
The outing came just a day after a federal jury found former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, gone, not guilty of lying to the FBI by telling officers about his rival Donald Trump’s alleged ties to a woman. Russian bank.
Prosecutors claimed Sussmann misrepresented himself to former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker when he requested a meeting in 2016, where he later presented alleged evidence linking the Trump Organization and a major Russian bank.
Durham claimed the attorney posed as a concerned citizen when in reality he worked for Hillary Clinton and a tech executive named Rodney Joffe.
They showed the jury emails, billing records from the law firm and even a Staples receipt for USB drives to link Sussman to the Clinton campaign.
Prosecutors also argued that the lie was part of a larger plan by Clinton loyalists to use the FBI and reporters to stage a damaging last-minute revelation against Trump.
“You can see what the plan was,” Assistant Special Counsel Andrew DeFilippis said, according to the Washington Post. “It was to create a surprise in October by giving information to both the media and the FBI to get the media to write that there was an FBI investigation.”
He further claimed that Sussman lied because if he told the FBI he was acting on Clinton’s behalf, the FBI was less likely to consider his evidence or initiate an investigation.
Baker even told a jury earlier this month that denying acting on behalf of “a particular client” was “part of [Sussmann’s] presentation of the meeting
He said knowingly meeting with a campaign worker “would raise very serious questions” in his mind “about the credibility of the source and the veracity of the information,” according to the New York Post.
“I think I would have said: meet with case officers associated with the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Meet the “mid-year exam” folks, Baker said.
The special counsel also claimed in a court filing in April that Sussmann worked with Joffe and his company and “numerous cyber researchers and employees of several internet companies” to gain access to damaging information about Trump.
Durham’s filing alleges that Sussmann met “the author of a now well-known file relating to Trump”, believed to be Christopher Steele, at the offices of “Law Firm-1”, believed to be Perkins Coie, his former employer.
Steele’s dossier had been seized by Democrats as evidence that Trump was under the influence of the Kremlin, but the former British spy’s alleged evidence has since been widely questioned and discredited.
It also served as the basis for the FBI to launch an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, which led to the Mueller investigation.
This investigation did not reveal any collusion between Trump’s team and Moscow, but did reveal that Russia had made efforts to tip the scales in favor of the ex-president.
But Sussmann’s lawyers denied lying to the FBI and argued his alleged misrepresentation would have had no bearing on the bureau’s actions anyway, with attorney Sean Berkowitz saying the prosecution was trying to turn a meeting of 30 minutes plus five minutes. years ago into a “giant political conspiracy theory”.
He claimed that much of the testimony showed that the Clinton campaign did not want the Alfa Bank allegations taken to the FBI because the campaign preferred to see a report on the matter and feared an investigation would complicate or don’t delay these stories.
“There’s a difference between having a client and doing something on their behalf,” he explained.
Special Counsel John Durham (pictured) had been appointed by Trump Attorney General Bill Barr. His team charged Sussmann in September 2021
Durham had been nominated by Trump Attorney General Bill Barr. His team charged Sussmann in September 2021.
Barr criticized Mueller’s Russia investigation in a recent episode of conservative host Glenn Beck’s podcast.
“I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a gross injustice. It was – it seems to be a political dirty trick that was first used to hobble him and then potentially to kick him out of office,’ Barr said.
Asked by Beck whether he thought the investigation was “at least seditious”, if not “treason”, Barr replied, “I think it is seditious, yes.”
Durham’s inquiry faced a setback late last month when a judge refused to allow Clinton’s past tweets accusing Trump of working with Russia to be recorded.
Judge Christopher Cooper had ruled that the social media posts constituted hearsay and “replicated other evidence”.
The GOP-appointed special counsel had tried to get a pair of tweets dated Oct. 31, 2016, into the record ahead of Sussmann’s trial.
In one, Clinton linked a Slate article detailing alleged communication between Trump’s real estate business and Alfa Bank.
“It’s time for Trump to answer some serious questions about his ties to Russia,” the Democrat captioned the post.
The additional follow-up tweet read: “Computer scientists have apparently discovered a secret server linking the Trump Organization to a bank based in Russia.”
During its three-year investigation, Durham also obtained an indictment against a Russian national who resided in the United States. Researcher Igor Danchenko has pleaded not guilty after being accused of giving false information about Trump-Russia ties to the FBI.
Danchenko was indicted in November 2021 and will face an upcoming trial in October.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has pleaded guilty in the Durham investigation to charges stemming from the deliberate alteration of an email used to obtain a surveillance warrant against former Trump aide Carter Page .