Kash Patel on Sussmann Trial: Only Defense Left Is ‘Jury Nullification’
Former White House national security official weighs in on tiral
Former White House national security official Kash Patel said the only strategy the defense had left in the Michael Sussmann trial was “jury nullification,” which would urge the jury to bypass the evidence presented.
During an interview with Breitbart, a day after the prosecution rested its case, Patel weighed in on the last piece of evidence, which was conducted by Patel with Sussmann four years ago.
Sussmann had told the committee that he was working for a client when he went to the FBI claiming that computer evidence showed then-candidate Donald Trump was tied to the Russian government via Alfa Bank.
But Sussmann allegedly told the FBI that he was not working for a client, but merely approaching the agency as a concerned citizen.
He is charged with lying to the FBI, and the case is the most high-profile prosecution by Special Counsel John H. Durham.
Durham has used the trial to expose the links between the Clinton campaign and the Russia collusion hoax.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this month:
Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified that Hillary Clinton approved the dissemination of materials alleging a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank to the press.
The alleged approval came despite campaign officials not being “totally confident” in the legitimacy of the data.
During a cross-examination by government prosecutor Andrew DeFillippis Friday, Mook was asked about the campaign’s understanding of the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump and whether they planned to release the data to the media.
Mook said he was first briefed about the Alfa Bank issue by campaign general counsel Marc Elias, who was a partner at law firm Perkins Coie.
Patel noted the role of Rodney Joffe, a tech executive who allegedly sought information implicating Trump that he could give to the FBI.
Patel, who watched the trial in person, said he was “stunned” that Joffe was an “asset for the Hillary Clinton campaign that was feeding into the FBI, and they knowingly allowed him to provide them with false information to launch an operation against President Trump.”
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He likened Joffe to Christopher Steele, who created a fraudulent “dossier” on Trump.
Despite the presence of three Hillary Clinton donors on the jury, Patel said, he was confident that the prosecution had a good chance of convicting Sussmann on the strength of the evidence presented, which suggested he was representing Clinton when he approached the FBI, though he said the opposite.
The only strategy the defense had left, he said, was “almost a jury nullification argument, almost a ‘so what,’” in which they would argue that Sussmann had acted in the public interest.