Michael Sussmann trial: ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC ignore case at center of Trump-Russia probe

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Some of the mainstream media obsessed with the Russiagate scandal suddenly decided that a trial at the center of the origins of the investigation was not worth covering.

The trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann began on May 16, as Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe finally landed in court. , but anyone who relies on ABC, NBC, CBS or MSNBC would have no idea.

Since May 15, the day before the trial, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and MSNBC all skipped the on-air trial until Thursday night, according to a search of the transcripts.

John Durham and Michael Susmann.
(Perkins Coie)

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CNN spent less than 10 minutes covering the trial from May 15 through Thursday, and did not report on it at all on air Wednesday or Thursday as testimony intensified. No CNN coverage came in prime time.

Sussmann was accused of making a false statement to the FBI when he told former FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the presidential election, that he was not working ” for no customer” when requested and attended. a meeting where he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a secret communication channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

Special Counsel John Durham’s team alleges that Sussmann actually worked for two clients: Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a technology executive, Rodney Joffe. Following the meeting with Baker, Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for his work.

Durham was asked in 2019 by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s initial investigation into the Trump campaign, which led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. The Sussmann lawsuit is the first to emerge from Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Mueller’s investigation concluded that there was no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Before Mueller said there was no evidence of collusion, the mainstream media has spent years hyping and painting Trump as being compromised by Russia.

The New York Post editorial board recently speculated why it believes most media outlets are “ignoring” the Sussmann trial.

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“If Republicans had done it to a Democrat, the press would have lost its mind. The problem is that most of the media bought the lies ordered by Clinton: The Washington Post and the New York Times shared a Pulitzer for their obsessive “news reporting” that repeated the lies to the world,” wrote the Post’s editorial board.

“This was the most successful disinformation campaign in living memory, and the liberal media were willing dupes in that success at best,” the Post continued. “Maybe it’s not such a surprise that they don’t care much about covering the trial which is starting to bring everything to light.”

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Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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