Report: Michael Sussmann jury contains 3 Hillary Clinton campaign donors

Last week heralded the start of the first criminal trial to emerge from Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax – that of Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, and in an unfortunate turn of events for the prosecution, the jury seated in the matter contains upwards of three former donors to the failed presidential candidate, as Breitbart reports.

Sussmann is facing one count of lying to the FBI over representations he made to the agency in which he claimed that he was not representing any particular client when he brought forth information purporting to establish a now-debunked connection between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia’s Alfa Bank, when he was, according to Durham, working on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

Regardless of the significant testimony that has already been given in regard to Clinton’s knowledge of the highly questionable nature of the materials offered to the FBI, and Sussmann’s complicity in the enterprise, some court watchers worry that the jury’s controversial composition could doom Durham’s chances of a conviction.

According to the New York Post, as many as three individuals who donated to Clinton, one of whom also contributed to left-wing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) were placed on the panel deciding Sussmann’s fate, with one such individual making the cut over the prosecution’s objections after he said he would merely “strive for impartiality as best I can.”

Also on the jury, as the Post noted, is a former bartender who donated monetarily to Clinton and to Ocasio-Cortez and who claimed that she could maintain impartiality given that neither Clinton nor Trump were on trial in the case.

Another prospective juror admitted that she most likely did make a financial donation to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, but could not say so with certainty, and presiding U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper also denied a prosecution request to eliminate a juror whose own daughter is a member of the same high school rowing team as Sussmann’s daughter, according to the Washington Times.

Though it is not terribly surprising that a jury pool assembled from within the Washington, D.C. circuit where this case is being tried leans strongly to the left, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley noted just how significant a challenge that reality may be in this particular trial.

During an interview on Fox & Friends, Turley declared, “This jury pool is a nightmare for the prosecutors. There are three Clinton donors on the jury. In the last 24 hours, the judge turned down a motion to dismiss a juror whose daughter is actually playing on the same team with the daughter of Sussmann.”

“So I think for the prosecutors, it seems like the only thing that is missing on the jury is Chelsea Clinton,” Turley quipped, adding, “[a] jury of your peers is not supposed to mean other Clinton people.” Unfortunately, however, the judge in this case appears unwilling to take the steps necessary to negate the bias that could well prevent justice from ultimately being done.