Fact Check: The Hollywood Cinematographer Shot On Set By A Prop Gun Was NOT The Wife Of A Clinton Lawyer Indicted In A Russia Probe

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: The Hollywood Cinematographer Shot On Set By A Prop Gun Was NOT The Wife Of A Clinton Lawyer Indicted In A Russia Probe Different Guy

Is the widower of the cinematographer killed by Alec Baldwin the Hillary Clinton attorney indicted in the Russia probe? No, that's not true: The lawyer who was indicted by the FBI for lying to investigators is a different person who works for another law firm.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post (archived here) by ryanweavercountry on October 24, 2021. It opens:

Asking for a friend.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram on October 24, 2021:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Mon Oct 25 2021 16:12:23 UTC)

Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the set of the film "Rust" on October 21, 2021, when actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun.

Her husband of 16 years, Matthew Hutchins, is an attorney with the Los Angeles office of the law firm Latham & Watkins, according to his LinkedIn profile. He mourned her death in a post to Twitter on October 22, 2021.

His connection with Michael Sussmann, the attorney in the U.S. Justice Department's Russia probe is tenuous. On September 16, 2021, Sussmann was indicted for making a false statement to FBI investigators. The attorneys representing him, Sean Berkowitz and Michael Bosworth, also work at Latham & Watkins, said the firm's public relations manager, Deanna M. Kicklighter, in an October 25, 2021 email, but have no other connection with Matthew Hutchins.

Sussmann, a lawyer for Perkins Coie at the time of his indictment, has since resigned and is no longer listed on the firm's website.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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