Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Sussman found not guilty of lying to FBI
A jury in Washington on Tuesday found Hillary Clinton’s former attorney not guilty of lying to the FBI when he met with the bureau in September 2016 to share a tip about possible communications between Donald Trump’s business and a Russian bank.
The jury delivered its’ not guilty verdict on Tuesday after three days of deliberations following a two-week trial, during which prosecutors working for Special Counsel John Durham sought to prove that Sussmann, an ex-prosecutor who was a partner at the law firm Perkins Coie when he met with FBI officials about the alleged Trump-Russia computer connection.
Sussmann spoke to reporters shortly after the verdict was delivered. He said he was “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,” he added.
In a statement, Durham said he was “disappointed” by the outcome but nonetheless thanked the jury for its service. “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,” he added.
Trump hit out at the verdict as the result of a “corrupt” legal system along with a host of Republicans.
“Our Legal System is CORRUPT, our Judges (and Justices!) are highly partisan, compromised or just plain scared, our Borders are OPEN, our Elections are Rigged, inflation is RAMPANT, gas prices and food costs are ‘through the roof,’ our Military ‘Leadership’ is Woke, our Country is going to HELL, and Michael Sussmann is not guilty,” the ex-president fumed on his social media app Truth Social. “How’s everything else doing? Enjoy your day!!!”
Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn also said: “Michael Sussmann lied to the FBI about working for the Clinton campaign when he brought forward false allegations against Pres. Trump — that Hillary personally approved. Today’s verdict, while deeply disappointing, is not the end to ensuring this never happens in America again.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “I’m shocked the DC Clinton donor jury let Clinton’s lawyer off…HAHAHA just kidding, absolutely no one is shocked. Hunter Biden off next then Paul Pelosi etc etc. We all know how this goes by now…Only people not tied to the establishment DC swamp ever face accountability.”
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