John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Donald Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation, has obtained a grand jury indictment of Michael A. Sussmann, a prominent cybersecurity lawyer, accusing him of lying to the FBI five years ago during a meeting about Trump and Russia, reports the New York Times.
The indictment secured by the special counsel also made public his findings about an episode in which cybersecurity researchers identified unusual internet data in 2016 that they said suggested the possibility of a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked financial institution. He concluded that the Clinton campaign covertly helped push those suspicions to the F.B.I. and reporters. Sussman is accused of falsely telling a top FBI lawyer that he was not representing any client at the meeting about those suspicions. Prosecutors contend that he was instead representing both a technology executive and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Sussmann in 2016 represented the Democratic National Committee on issues related to Russia’s hacking of its servers.