A special prosecutor appointed more than two years ago to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion scandal investigation has filed criminal charges against a prominent cyber security lawyer.
Michael E. Sussman has been indicted on a charge of making a false statement about a client during a meeting with the FBI during a meeting in 2016, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday.
The charges, which had been anticipated, have been denied by Mr Sussman’s lawyers, who say the DoJ’s evidence is weak and they will take the case to trial.
It marks just the second case brought by special prosecutor John Durham, since his appointment by Donald Trump’s Attorney-General Bill Barr in May 2019.
The New York Times reported the charges relate to a 19 September 2016 meeting between Mr Sussman and the FBI about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.