Michael Sussmann, a former lawyer for a firm that represented Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, has been found not guilty of lying to the FBI for spreading false information about Donald Trump and his ties to a Russian bank.
A federal jury in the Washington DC District Court returned the verdict on Tuesday after jurors unanimously agreed to acquit Sussmann of the criminal charge.
The case involved Sussmann, a cybersecurity attorney and former federal prosecutor, who allegedly hid from the FBI that he was representing the Clinton campaign when he gave so-called evidence of a secret backchannel between Alfa Bank, based in Russia, and Trump’s trading company, the Trump. Organization. The FBI investigated but quickly determined there were no suspicious contacts.
Welcoming the verdict, Sussmann, in brief remarks to reporters, said, “I told the FBI the truth, and the jury clearly acknowledged it with their unanimous verdict,” he said, adding that he was “relieved that justice had finally prevailed in this case”. , reports Reuters.
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“I can’t wait to get back to the work I love,” Sussmann added.
However, the verdict dealt a blow to John Durham, the special prosecutor appointed by William Barr, Trump’s attorney general, to investigate the origins of federal investigations into alleged Russian interference in US politics.
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In a statement released by the Department of Justice, Durham said: ‘While we are disappointed with the outcome, we respect the decision of the jury and thank them for their service. I also want to acknowledge and thank the investigators and prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in this case. »
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