FBI lets Sussmann edit agency press release on DNC hack

Documents released during Michael Sussmann’s federal trial broadcast, the FBI sought the opinion of Hillary Clinton’s lawyer on a press release describing the intelligence agency’s awareness of the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack .

The original press release sent to Sussmann by Jim Trainor, the deputy director of the FBI’s Cyber ​​Division, noted that the FBI was aware of a “possible cyber intrusion involving the DCCC”, or the Democratic National Campaign Committee , via “recent media reports.” .”

“Michael – our press office is getting a ton of calls again on the DCCC matter. A draft response is provided below. Wanted to get your thoughts on this before sending it out,” Trainor wrote.

In his response, Sussmann asked the FBI to change the first line of the press release to reflect the DNC’s message about the hack. He explained that he preferred a more definitive statement clearly stating that “the FBI is aware of the cyber intrusion involving the DCCC that has been reported in the media.”

“The draft you sent only says that the FBI is aware of the media reports; it does not say that the FBI is aware of the intrusion reported by the DCCC. In effect, it only refers to a “possible” cyber intrusion and thus undermines what the DCCC said in its statement (or at least calls into question what the DCCC said),” Sussman wrote. “The other implication in your statement that could benefit from an update is that the FBI, just now, is reviewing the nature and scope of the DCCC case. been intruding on the DCCC for some time and even (previously) received network flags from the DCCC (i.e. CrowdStrike).

Trainor accepted the suggestions with mild protest and agreed to send out Sussmann’s edited version of the press release soon.

“Mike – I’m ok with the suggestions below. We’re trying to really limit what we see and not over-acknowledge, but the edits below are fine and we’ll send them,” Trainor wrote.

After just a day of deliberations, a DC-based federal jury found Sussmann not guilty. During the trial, however, key information further implicating the Democratic Party’s efforts to destroy the Trump campaign surfaced and confirmed what outlets such as The Federalist have long reported.

As Federalism’s senior legal correspondent Margot Cleveland wrote in her analysis of the lawsuit, “United States vs. Sussmann revealed that Hillary Clinton bears full responsibility for the Russia collusion hoax.

Not only did former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testify that the failed presidential candidate personally approved of repeating the Alfa Bank story to anyone in the media who would listen, but, as noted Cleveland, “the Sussmann prosecution also sent the persistent allegations that a secret communication channel between Trump and Russia really existed as”‘5150’ or delusional, speak.”

“Even Sussmann’s acquittal will not erase these facts. So, for all posterity, Clinton’s fingerprints will cover up the worst political scandal in our country’s history,” Cleveland wrote.


Jordan Boyd is an editor at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. His work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan is a graduate of Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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