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The trial of 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann began its fifth day on Friday, with his defense lawyers cross-examining Special Counsel John Durham witness former FBI general counsel James Baker for a second day.

Durham last year charged Sussmann with lying to the FBI when he allegedly told Baker that he was not working on behalf of any client while providing him with since-debunked allegations about a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank that has ties to the Kremlin. 

Durham says Sussmann was working at the time on behalf of two clients, the Clinton campaign and then-Neustar tech firm executive Rodney Joffe. 

Sussmann is pleading not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Sussmann’s lawyer Sean Berkowitz said he would ask Baker on Friday about the notes of  then-assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap and then-FBI Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson regarding Baker’s meeting with Sussmann.

The defense’s cross-examination of Baker on Thursday ended with him saying that Durham didn’t threaten him with a charge of lying to the FBI.

The trial is being held in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before Judge Christopher Cooper.

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