John Durham’s investigation into the behavior of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign has reached a new milestone this week, but there is still much work to be done.
Durham’s probe has sought to discover whether or not Clinton or her cronies acting inappropriately in an effort to somehow tie Donald Trump to the Kremlin, in hopes of stunting his chances at winning that fateful election.
Obviously, they were not successful, and the much-maligned Mueller investigation into the “RussiaGate” ruse resulted in zero charges for Trump. (And the only charges that did arise from the conspiracy theory were procedural, to boot).
Durham’s team hasn’t had too much luck yet, either.
The jury on Tuesday found Michael Sussmann not guilty of making a false statement to the FBI in September 2016 when he said he was not working on behalf of any client, when he brought information alleging a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
After a two week trial, and more than a day of deliberations, the jury found that Special Counsel John Durham’s team had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Sussmann’s statement was a lie, and that he was, in fact, working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and technology executive Rodney Joffe when he brought two thumb drives and a white paper alleging a Trump-Russia connection.
Durham wasn’t pleased with the outcome.
Durham issued a terse statement expressing his office’s disappointment.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” Durham said. “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.”
Durham’s investigation is likely to continue, and so this battle may be lost, but a war still rages.