Former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann has been acquitted of lying to the FBI when he pushed what proved to be unfounded suspicions linking former President Donald Trump to a Russian bank ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
There were indications all along that Sussmann was seeing a very different reception from the court than those brought to trial under former special counsel Robert Mueller and being found not guilty will only add to the speculation that the odds were in his favor. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper, an Obama appointee, presided over the trial.
He was charged with making a false statement to the FBI in September 2016 when he said he was not working on behalf of any client when he tipped the bureau off.
“After a two week trial, and more than a day of deliberations, the jury found that Special Counsel John Durham’s team had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann’s statement was a lie, and that he was, in fact, working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and technology executive Rodney Joffe when he brought two thumb drives and a white paper alleging a Trump-Russia connection,” Fox News reported.
Sussmann’s was the second criminal case brought by Special Counsel John Durham. Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was the first person to be charged and he was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to doctoring an email to get a FISA warrant allowing a wiretap against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to be renewed.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” Durham said in a statement. “I also want to recognize and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in this case.”
The case was tried in the nation’s capital and The Washington Post commented on the daunting statistics working against the prosecution.
“In 2016, DC voters favored Clinton over Trump, 90.9% to 4.1%, and Democrats in the nation’s capital now outnumber Republicans, 76.5% to 5.4%, according to an April 30 tally posted online by the local Board of Elections,” the newspaper reported.
There were also concerns about the prospective jury pool.
The jury panel featured “three Hillary Clinton donors,” according to the New York Post, including one woman who donated to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
A former bartender who supported Clinton was put on the panel after she assured a Sussmann defense lawyer she could be impartial after being told that neither Clinton nor former President Donald Trump were on trial. Another woman, who appeared to be in her forties, said she likely donated to Clinton’s 2016 campaign but wasn’t entirely sure, the Post reported. The juror said she could be impartial, although she “certainly had a strong preference for one candidate over the other.”
Fox News reported that the panel included “one federal government employee who told the judge they donated to Democrats in 2016 and another government employee who told the judge they ‘strongly’ dislike former President Trump — both of those jurors told the judge they could be impartial throughout the trial.”
It didn’t take long for reaction and anger over the jury’s decision to roll in:
Is anyone shocked the Sussman jury was rigged?
Clear cut guilt, but a DC jury gave him a pass because he played for the right team.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) May 31, 2022
Michael Flynn was dragged through legal hell for years on charges he lied to the FBI even though it was clear they entrapped him. Hillary's former campaign manager literally testified she gave the green light to spread the fake Alfa Bank story. Sussman was acquitted anyway.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 31, 2022
Corporate media downplayed Sussman trial while its testimony confirmed their own corruption, and that of Clinton and FBI. Now that he's (as expected) been acquitted, tweets aplenty! they were and are active co-conspirators in one of greatest political scandals in our history.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 31, 2022
I'm shocked the DC Clinton donor jury let Clinton's lawyer off… HAHAHA just kidding, absolutely no one is shocked. Hunter Biden off next then Paul Pelosi etc etc. We all know how this goes by now… Only people not tied to the establishment DC swamp ever face accountability.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2022
DC Jury Pool
Three Hillary Donors
One AOC Donor
Is anybody actually surprised Sussmann was acquitted?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 31, 2022
Sure enough, the DC jury just acquitted Sussmann. A major fail by Durham as corrupt FBI and Clinton operation have thus far been allowed to skate. https://t.co/7G5QdzrPcJ
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 31, 2022
DC jury. Say no more
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) May 31, 2022
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