On Tuesday, a federal grand jury found former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann not guilty of lying to the FBI.
The New York 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.
During the sitdown at FBI headquarters, Sussmann handed over two thumb drives and a number of “white papers” that purportedly showed a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Kremlin-linked financial institution, Alfa Bank.
The plan, prosecutor Deborah Brittain Shaw said in her opening statement, was for internet researchers to find disparaging information about Trump and Russia, leak the findings to the press and then for Sussmann to lie to the FBI to spark an investigation into the since-discredited information — all in a bid to create an “October surprise” on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
The ruling delivers a brutal blow to Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the Russia hoax’s origins.