Former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann was acquitted this week on a charge of lying to the FBI — a charge brought against him by Special Counsel John Durham, with a verdict that surprised many.
But for some, the “not guilty” verdict didn’t come as a surprise, whatsoever, given the “tainted” nature of the Washington D.C. jury pool that was used for the trial, according to former White House national security official Kash Patel, Breitbart reports.
In the wake of Sussmann skating on the charge, Patel called for the Department of Justice to move related trials outside of Capitol Hill, as it will prove exceedingly difficult to find impartial jurors in the small pool that makes up D.C.
Sussmann, many believe, was an instrumental player in the Clinton campaign’s promotion of the Russia collusion hoax, used to muddy former President Donald Trump.
Patel made clear in a statement in the wake of the not guilty verdict that he has totally lost faith in the process if it continues to play out in “tainted” D.C. courtrooms.
“I was the last man who had any faith in D.C. and the Department of Justice. It is now completely gone,” Patel’s statement to Breibart said.
It added: “The D.C. tainted jury pool showed its political stripes and barely deliberated.”
“The DOJ needs to move these cases out of D.C. as it is 100% impossible to have a fair trial in the city. I am appalled at this verdict and appalled at our justice system,” Patel said.
“Having jury members on a case of this caliber that have donated to such high profile Democrats including Hillary and AOC is beyond unethical, yet they are still responsible for making a decision that looks at the evidence.”
Patel was referencing a number of startlingly close connections some of the members of the jury had to a number of high-profile Democrats, making a fair and impartial verdict virtually unobtainable.
The former White House adviser doubled down by slamming the members of the jury, insisting, “They violated the law and they violated the oaths they took to sit on the jury.”
Only time will tell if the DOJ makes any effort to give the other side a fair shot at a conviction, but given the politics involved and the possible ramifications of a Democrat being found guilty, President Joe Biden’s DOJ is likely more than content with keeping everything within the limits of the rigged political cesspool that makes up Washington D.C.