DC jury finds Sussmann not guilty following Special Counsel Durham’s prosecution for lying to FBI

The prosecution of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann by Special Counsel John Durham for allegedly lying to the FBI in 2016 about who he was working for came to a conclusion Tuesday.

After a two-week trial and a day of deliberations, the jury in the D.C. court returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty, the Conservative Brief reported.

It was a disappointing conclusion to a trial in which Durham’s team had exposed an apparent conspiracy involving multiple actors, including failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself, to knowingly and fraudulently smear former President Donald Trump as having nefarious connections with Russia.

Not guilty

According to Fox News, the jury in Sussmann’s trial said that Durham’s team of prosecutors had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann had lied to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 about who he was working for.

Sussmann had been accused of falsely telling Baker that he was not working for any client when he handed over manufactured misinformation — soon determined to be of no merit — that fraudulently linked Trump with Russia’s Alfa Bank through an alleged secret server.

Durham’s team had argued that Sussmann was, in fact, working for the Clinton campaign — as well as a tech executive who helped concoct the false misinformation — and even had the billing receipts to prove it, but to no avail.

Durham “disappointed,” Sussmann “grateful” for jury’s verdict

“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” Durham said in a statement, according to Fox News. “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.”

Sussmann also released a statement after the verdict, and said, “I told the truth to the FBI, and the Jury clearly recognized this in their unanimous verdict today. 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,” the attorney added.

Predictable outcome of partial jury

Disappointing though it may be, this “not guilty” verdict for Sussmann is also not surprising, given the stacked nature of the chosen jury where, in some cases, jurors openly revealed themselves to be not impartial and in favor of Democrats and the political establishment while also being opposed to Trump and Republicans.

RedState writer Bonchie aptly noted, “DC jury strikes again. The judge literally allowed jurors who claimed they could not be impartial in dealing with Donald Trump. If you are a Dem, you aren’t getting convicted there. Didn’t matter that Durham had literal receipts showing Sussmann was working for Hillary.”

Fox News noted that despite this setback, Special Counsel Durham’s work is not yet complete, as his investigation into the origins of the fraudulent Trump-Russia collusion narrative remains ongoing and his next trial in the case begins in October against Igor Danchenko, who also stands accused of lying to the FBI about false information he provided to ex-British spy Christopher Steele for the infamous and debunked anti-Trump “Steele dossier” paid for by the Clinton campaign.

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