Fox News reports that Michael Sussmann was found not guilty of lying to the FBI after two weeks’ worth of deliberations.
Sussmann was charged with lying to FBI General Counsel James Baker when he claimed that he was not representing any client. According to the prosecution, he claimed that he was working for Rodney Joffe, a tech executive, and Clinton campaign. Evidence was presented by the prosecution that Sussmann had actually billed the Clinton campaign during his meeting with James Baker. He also spread the falsehood about Alfa-Bank to him.
We do not yet know the reasons for this decision. It was obvious that he was representing Clinton’s campaign. Baker testified that he wouldn’t have referred the matter to further investigation if he knew about the Clinton connection. This would have satisfied the materiality requirement.
One federal employee told the judge that they had donated to Democrats in 2016, while another employee told him they disliked Trump. The judge was told by both of these jurors that they were impartial throughout the trial.
A teacher, an illustrator, and a mechanic were also part of the jury. One juror was a parent of a child on the same high school team as Sussmann.
Cooper was told by the overwhelming majority of jurors that they had never heard of this case before being assigned to jury duty.
I am going to leave you with a funny tweet that I found regarding Sussman being found not guilty.
Breaking: Michael Sussman found not guilty. pic.twitter.com/Ei2m9cSbrv
— Karen Doe (@KarenDoe50) May 31, 2022