A U.S. District Court judge said Hillary Clinton’s tweets claiming former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia will not be admitted as evidence in the trial against her 2016 campaign lawyer.
Judge Christopher Cooper on Wednesday denied Special Counsel John Durham’s request to allow the tweets in the Michael Sussmann upcoming trial for lying to the FBI.
He ruled that Clinton’s tweets would be excluded as hearsay and that it would be ‘duplicative of other evidence,’ the Washington Examiner reported.
The two tweets come from October 31, 2016, when Clinton highlighted a Slate article uncovering the Trump Organization’s alleged communications with the Kremlin-tied Alfa Bank, allegations that have since been heavily scrutinized by the FBI yielding to no further action by authorities.
‘It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,’ Clinton had tweeted at the time.
‘Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,’ she added in a follow up tweet.
Prosecutors – led by special counsel John Durham – said the source of the article and allegations against the Trump Organization stem from Sussmann.