Washington got hit with another political and legal earthquake.
Hillary Clinton was at the center of the scandal.
And Hillary Clinton got hit with a jury verdict that just changed everything.
A jury in Washington – likely stacked with Democrats including three 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign donors – engaged in jury nullification and acquitted Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann on charges Sussmann lied to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting where Sussmann spread disinformation about Donald Trump and Russia in order to push the FBI to investigate Trump.
One juror admitted to reporters after the trial that she held a bias against the case that should have caused prosecutors to strike her from the jury pool.
“I don’t think it should have been prosecuted,” the juror stated. “There are bigger things that affect the nation than a possible lie to the FBI.”
Sussmann and his lawyers claimed a jury in a city that voted 96 percent for Hillary Clinton vindicated him.
“I told the truth to the FBI and the jury clearly recognized that with their unanimous verdict today,” Sussmann stated. “Despite being falsely accused, I believe justice ultimately prevailed in my case. As you can imagine this has been a difficult year for my family and me, but we are just so grateful for the love and support of so many during this ordeal and I look forward to getting back to the work that I love.”
“Michael Sussmann should never have been charged in the first place,” Sussmann’s lawyer’s statement read. “This is a case of extraordinary prosecutorial overreach. And we believe that today’s verdict sends an unmistakable message to anyone who cares to listen: Politics is no substitute for evidence, and politics has no place in our system of justice.”
For his part, special counsel Durham accepted the jury verdict while expressing disappointment in the acquittal verdict.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” Durham stated. “I also want to recognize and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in the case.”
During the trial, Durham got Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook to admit that Hillary Clinton authorized her campaign to leak the lie that a server in Trump Tower communicated with a server in Alfa Bank in Russia to the media.
Prosecutors argued that Sussmann and other agents of the Clinton campaign laundered politically motivated lies about Donald Trump to the FBI to manufacture a federal investigation into Trump during the final weeks of the 2016 election.
A guilty verdict against Sussmann was always an uphill battle.
Washington D.C. is filled with left-wing partisans and the jury was stacked with Hillary Clinton supporters.
Now the pressure will be on Durham to deliver a report that lays out the evidence of what Durham called a “joint venture” to frame Donald Trump for colluding with the Russians.
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