A federal jury in the heavily Democratic-leaning DC found Michael Sussmann not guilty of lying to the FBI, saying the prosecutors did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to the New York Post, the verdict took about a day and a half of deliberations.
A juror leaving the courthouse would only say, “The elements weren’t met,” when asked about the verdict by The Post.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service,” special counsel John Durham said in a statement.
Durham sought to prove Sussmann lied to the FBI when he claimed not to be acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign when he met with then-FBI general counsel James Baker in 2016.
During that meeting, he handed over two thumb drives and documents that alleged a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Kremlin-linked Alfa-Bank.
Prosecutor Deborah Brittain Shaw said the meeting was part of an effort to launch an “October surprise” on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
“We are here because the FBI is our institution that shouldn’t be used as a political tool for anyone — not Republicans, not Democrats, not anyone,” Shaw said.