The Spectator: "The stench from the Sussmann verdict"

Sussmann acquitted

Let the debate start.

I don’t try to outguess a jury because I’m not in the court room or hear the jury deliberate. That goes back as far as the O.J. Simpson trial; I didn’t agree or disagree with the controversial acquittal .

So, I’ll leave it to Charles Lipson in the Spectator to bring up some troubling issues about the Sussmann verdict.

…[T]he trial was held in Washington, DC, where Trump received almost no votes. He is reviled there. Knowing that, the judge should have leaned over backwards to make sure the jury wasn’t overtly partisan. He did the opposite, and that’s unconscionable. He not only seated three donors to Clinton, he seated another who donated to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC may not have been a friend of Hillary’s but she was even more staunchly opposed to Trump. All four of those potential jurors should have been excluded.

The stench surrounding the judge, the defendant, the biased jury, and the FBI ought to outrage the public, no matter who they supported for president. In fact, the public has been kept in the dark throughout the trial because the media refuses to report on it. (Expect them to now shout the “not guilty” verdict from the rooftops because it supports their viewpoint.) When James Baker gave his devastating testimony, all three television networks devoted zero minutes to the trial. The New York Times said nothing. They did the same thing the next day, when Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager dropped the bombshell in court that Hillary herself authorized the campaign to spread the Alfa-Bank-Trump story to the media. Again, crickets.

These are serious claims and I hope that someone in authority and the media look into them. If anyone has responses to these questions, I’d be glad to publish them.

Aside from the guilt or innocence of Sussmann the evidence of malfeasance by the FBI, the Clinton and other links to the Russia hoax is crying out for more disclosures.

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  • And Reagan was covered with Teflon? Ha! The odor that has surrounded the Clintons during their 50 years in politics easily resembles that which comes from my basement drain.

  • "Mr. Durham used the Sussmann case to put forward a larger conspiracy: that there was a joint enterprise to essentially frame Mr. Trump for collusion with Russia by getting the F.B.I. to investigate the suspicions so reporters would write about it. The scheme, Mr. Durham implied, involved the Clinton campaign; its opposition research firm, Fusion GPS; Mr. Sussmann; and the cybersecurity expert who had brought the odd data and analysis to him.

    That insinuation thrilled Mr. Trump’s supporters, who have embraced his claim that the Russia investigation was a “hoax” and have sought to conflate the official inquiry with sometimes dubious accusations. In reality, the Alfa Bank matter was a sideshow: The F.B.I. had already opened its inquiry on other grounds before Mr. Sussmann passed on the tip; the final report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, made no mention of the Alfa Bank suspicions.

    But the case Mr. Durham and his team used to float their broad insinuations was thin: one count of making a false statement in a meeting with no other witnesses. In a rebuke to Mr. Durham; the lead lawyer on the trial team, Andrew DeFilippis; and his colleagues, the 12 jurors voted unanimously to find Mr. Sussmann not guilty.

    Some supporters of Mr. Trump had been bracing for that outcome. They pointed to the District of Columbia’s reputation as a heavily Democratic area and suggested that a jury might be politically biased against a Trump-era prosecutor trying to convict a defendant who was working for the Clinton campaign.

    The judge had told the jurors that they were not to account for their political views when deciding the facts. The jury forewoman, who did not give her name, told reporters afterward that “politics were not a factor” and that she thought bringing the case had been unwise.

    Mr. Durham expressed disappointment in the verdict but said he respected the decision by the jury, which deliberated for about six hours.

    'I also want to recognize and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in this case,' he said in a statement."

    The New York Times

  • ‘The jury forewoman, who did not give her name, told reporters afterward that “politics were not a factor” and that she thought bringing the case had been unwise’ Boy if that doesn’t tell you all you need to know……

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