Day 3 of the Sussmann trial - Baker testifies
I’m on the road the next few days (wedding season) and will be providing updates on the Sussmann trial that have more transcripts and less discussion from your humble author.
Today, it’s the morning testimony of former FBI general counsel James Baker. Yesterday we discussed how Sussmann reached out - not on behalf of a client - yo share the purported Alfa Bank/Trump data. Here he discusses what occurred during that fateful meeting in September 2016.
As to whether Sussmann lied? Baker is “100% confident” he did
He repeated what Sussmann said about not being there on behalf of a client to the FBIs Bill Priestap.
Regarding why it was brought to Priestap’s attention, and why it was brought to Comey’s attention:
After the Sussmann meeting, the FBI met with NY Times reporters to discuss the Potential Alfa Bank story. Sussmann had furthered his goal, it seems: for the FBI investigation to spur media interest in the story. After all, the data itself was insufficient.