As I have said I would be, I'm disappointed but not surprised, given the
jurisdiction and known composition of the jury. Vicky Taft at PJ
Media, Sussmann Acquitted of Lying to FBI in Trump Russia Hoax, Delivering Big
Loss to Special Counsel Durham. Althouse quotes NYPo, "Ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Sussmann not guilty in Trump-Russia trial."
The NY Post reports.
The verdict came midway through the second day of deliberations following a two-week-long trial on a single count of making false statements to a federal agent. Prosecutors unsuccessfully sought to prove that Sussmann deliberately lied to then-FBI general counsel James Baker by claiming not to be acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and an Internet executive when the two met in 2016.
Capt. Ed at Haut Hair, Durham's flop: Jury acquits Hillary lawyer in Russiagate. For maximum outrage, Ace, Surprise: DC Jury Acquits Michael Sussman Update: Jury Was Stacked with Literal Hillary Clinton Donors, One AOC Donor, and a Woman Who Was on the Same Crew Team as Michael Sussman's Daughter
Insty, D.C. JURY NULLIFICATION? Durham’s flop: Jury acquits Hillary lawyer in Russiagate. UPDATE: Jury Was Stacked with Literal Hillary Clinton Donors, One AOC Donor, and a Woman Who Was on the Same Crew Team as Michael Sussman’s Daughter. "I’m worried that people are going to start doubting the rule of law."
TURLEY: “I mean, he is facing a jury that has three Clinton donors, an AOC donor, and a woman whose daughter is on the same sports team with Sussmann’s daughter. With the exception of randomly selecting people out of the DNC headquarters, you could not come up with a worse jury” pic.twitter.com/RHqen6AMAc— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 26, 2022
More importantly, there’s no term for the offense Democrats committed in 2016, though it was similar to Watergate. Instead of a “third-rate burglary” and a bug, Democrats sent schlock research to the FBI, who in turn lied to the secret FISA court and obtained “legal” surveillance authority over former Trump aide Carter Page (which opened doors to searches of everyone connected to Page). Worse, instead of petty “ratfucking” like Donald Segretti’s “Canuck letter,” the Clinton campaign created and fueled a successful, years-long campaign of official harassment and media fraud. They innovated an extraordinary trick, using government connections and press to generate real criminal and counterintelligence investigations of political enemies, mostly all based on what we now know to be self-generated nonsense.
"I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office," Barr told BlazeTV host Glenn Beck in a recent episode of his podcast.
Barr also said, "I believe it is seditious," but he stressed criminality would have to be determined in court.
Nick Arama at Red State, Bill Barr Finally Drops the Hammer on Hillary Clinton
The FBI opened a full-fledged counterintelligence investigation into since-discredited Trump-Russia collusion claims just days after Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann pushed the allegations to the bureau — with the launch document containing “typos.”
As revealed in the trial that is part of John Durham's special counsel inquiry, the electronic communication marking the opening of the investigation wrongly cited a nonexistent “referral” from the Justice Department rather than correctly saying the Alfa-Bank allegations came from a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The opening communication, titled “Alfa Bank,” was authored by FBI agents Curtis Heide and Allison Sands, who both testified this week in Washington, D.C., and the investigation initiated on Sept. 23, 2016, four days after Sussmann's meeting with FBI General Counsel James Baker.
Sands and Heide both referred to the glaring errors as “typos,” and Heide suggested it was possible they may have conflated the FBI’s Office of General Counsel, which Baker led, with the Justice Department. The closing communication for the investigation in January 2017 also wrongly claimed the Alfa-Bank allegations were referred to the bureau by the Justice Department rather than from Sussmann.