Ex-Clinton Lawyer May Testify as He Seeks Acquittal on Charge of Lying to FBI

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The lawyer who was representing Hillary Clinton’s campaign when he took derogatory information about her rival Donald Trump to the FBI in 2016 may take the stand in his own defense.

Michael Sussmann, the lawyer, would speak for about three hours of direct testimony if he does choose to testify, Sean Berkowitz, one of his attorneys, told the court on May 25.

The cross-examination would be expected to go into Friday, which would likely mean closing arguments would not take place until the following Tuesday, after the Memorial Day weekend.

But Berkowitz’s team wants U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper, the Obama appointee overseeing the case, to agree to not allow questions on negotiations that Sussmann engaged in through his counsel with prosecutors before being charged.

The defense already filed a sealed motion detailing their arguments and asked for a prompt response from prosecutors.

Berkowitz said a response is needed “sooner rather than later” because it would “inform” Sussmann’s decision to take the stand.

Cooper said it was “hard to find” an example of pretrial negotiations being used as evidence, suggesting he’s leaning toward the defense on the matter.

Andrew DeFillipis, a prosecutor with special counsel John Durham’s office, said that prosecutors would reply by 6 p.m. on Wednesday to determine “what’s fair for the defendants’ cross-examination.”

Among the considerations, DeFillipis said, is prosecutors wanting to make sure everything they say is in compliance with Department of Justice policy.

A ruling on the competing arguments is expected early Thursday, with a decision from Sussmann soon after.

Sussmann is on trial for allegedly lying to the FBI when he took all…

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