Special Counsel John Durham, in perhaps the highest-profile prosecution to date regarding his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, emerged with his first loss this week in the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
According to Fox News, Sussman was found not guilty by the Washington D.C. jury — a jury with more than one member having been a donor to high-profile Democrats, including to Hillary Clinton.
Durham had charged Sussmann with making a false statement to the FBI in 2016, when the attorney shared false information about Trump’s alleged connection to a Russian bank, and told the FBI he was only sharing the information for the good of the country, and not on the behalf of a client.
Sussmann, however, was shown to have billed the Clinton campaign for the time for the meeting he had with the FBI where he shared the information, though it wasn’t enough to fulfill the high standard of requirements for a jury to find him guilty.
Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley denounced a jury that delivered the not guilty verdict of Michael Sussmann, including admitted donors to the Clintons, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and a woman whose daughter plays sports with Sussmann’s daughter. https://t.co/wCOwY4AgAs pic.twitter.com/6zZfB5RkX2
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Sussmann, in the wake of the reading of the verdict, did a bit of a toned-down endzone dance outside of the courtroom.
“I told the truth to the FBI, and the Jury clearly recognized this in their unanimous verdict today,” the attorney said.
He added: “I’m grateful to the members of the jury for their careful thoughtful service. Despite being falsely accused I believe that Justice ultimately prevailed in my case. As you can imagine this has been a difficult year for my family and me. But right now we are grateful for the love and support of so many during this ordeal.”
Durham, understandably disappointed with the outcome, released a statement disagreeing with the jury’s verdict, but said he respected the decision while thanking them for their service.