‘A trial about privilege’: Durham and Sussmann lawyers clash in opening to trial

The trial against Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann kicked into high gear Tuesday morning, as prosecutors for special counsel John Durham accused him of “privilege.”

The opening statements by the prosecution and defense Tuesday morning came after the jury was seated Monday evening.

Sussmann was charged with concealing his clients — Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” known to be former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe — from FBI general counsel James Baker when he presented since-debunked allegations of a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a September 2016 meeting.
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