Despite the fact that special counsel John Durham's team found a smoking gun text message indicating beyond any reasonable doubt that Michael Sussman, a former lawyer for Hillary Clinton's second failed Democratic presidential campaign in 2016, lied his backside off to the FBI, a Washington, D.C. jury rife with Democrat supporters and campaign donors found him "not guilty" on Tuesday.
After deliberating for just over a day following a two-week trial, jurors found Sussmann not guilty of one count of knowingly making a false statement to then-FBI general counsel Jim Baker.
“After a two-week trial, and more than a day of deliberations, the jury found that Special Counsel John Durham’s team had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann’s statement was a lie and that he was, in fact, working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and technology executive Rodney Joffe when he brought two thumb drives and a white paper alleging a Trump-Russia connection,” Fox News reported.
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“The jury included one federal government employee who told the judge they donated to Democrats in 2016 and another government employee who told the judge they strongly dislike former President Trump. Both of those jurors told the judge they could be impartial throughout the trial,” the report added. “The jury also included a teacher, an illustrator, a mechanic, and more. One juror had a child who was on the same high school sports team as Sussmann’s child.”
Americans truly interested in justice, however, will note that the deck was stacked against Durham (and justice) from the get-go: Overall, the jury was staffed with three Hillary Clinton donors, a donor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and a woman whose daughter was on the same sports team with Sussmann’s daughter.
Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia witch hunt has been heating up for months, with many wanting Hillary Clinton and her allies held accountable.
Nevertheless, former Attorney General Barr, who served under President Donald Trump, believes Durham has made progress in his investigation and that more damning information may come out soon.
Barr said that Durham has “dug very deep” into the origins of the FBI’s investigation into disproven claims that then-candidate Trump was colluding with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election and has uncovered “good information.”
“I think the question all along … has been that this was a campaign-dirty-trick to get the government to investigate allegations — scurrilous allegations — about Donald Trump and then leak that right before the election,” Barr said.
“And so that raises two questions: Was the Clinton campaign developing this false information and feeding it in for that purpose? And what was the FBI’s role on this?”
“It tells me that he [has] dug very deep and he has developed some good information and he thinks he can make a criminal case here,” Barr said.
The federal judge overseeing Durham’s case against Sussmann, U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper, an Obama appointee, said earlier that he was “not inclined” to declare a mistrial -- likely because he knew how it was going to turn out and he wanted to give the appearance of being "impartial."
Last week, the judge gave Durham another victory in the trial -- again, because he likely knew the outcome.
Cooper ruled that GPS Fusion, the research firm Clinton’s 2016 campaign hired to dig up dirt on Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, must turn over nearly two dozen emails to Durham’s team.
“Those emails – which are largely exchanges between Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman and Fusion GPS – are part of a batch that prosecutors subpoenaed last year. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper blocked prosecutors from getting 16 of those emails but allowed Durham to obtain 22,” Fox News reported.
“Cooper ruled that the 16 emails in question were protected by attorney-client privilege and attorney-work-product while the remaining 22 were not. Still, the judge ruled that those emails will not be admissible in the impending trial of Sussman – who is charged with lying to the FBI during a September 2016 meeting – because of the untimeliness of Durham’s request,” the report added.
There is no real justice in America anymore. Our system is superior, but it is we, the American people, who are failing it -- not the other way around.