Judge rules Fusion GPS emails turned over in Durham inquest cannot be viewed by jurors as trial looms

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A federal judge has ruled that the 22 emails ordered turned over to special counsel John Durham are barred from jury access as the trial of Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann is set to begin Monday.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS withheld dozens of Durham’s emails and claimed they were protected by solicitor-client privilege and “work product” privilege.

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U.S. Attorney John Durham, center, in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, following the sentencing of former Governor John Rowland.
(Bob MacDonnell/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

But federal judge Christopher Cooper ruled that those protections did not properly apply to this case and ordered that the emails be turned over to the special counsel.

It’s unclear what’s included in the emails, but Cooper decided Durham couldn’t show them to jurors involved in the ongoing case against Sussmann, who has been charged with one count of forgery. statement to the FBI.

Two months before the 2016 election, Sussmann informed the FBI that he had information linking the Trump campaign to Russia.

Sussman claimed he had obtained information regarding a Manhattan computer server in Trump Tower that allegedly communicated with a Russian bank.

The accusation turned out to be false.

Sussman reportedly told FBI General Counsel James Baker that he wanted to reveal the information not on behalf of the Clinton campaign or “any client,” but as a concerned citizen.

John Durham and Michael Susmann
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John Durham and Michael Susmann
(Sussmann photo by Perkins Coie)

Cooper ruled late Thursday that Fusion GPS must now deliver 22 emails between Sussmann and the opposition company.

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Although Durham cannot use the emails in the current case, it may use them in any future case.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks and the jury will determine whether Sussmann lied to the FBI and whether his information affected the way he conducted the investigation.

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