Special counsel John Durham thanked the Michael Sussmann jury for their service, but critics are blasting the Washington, D.C., judge and jury for the verdict Tuesday.
Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley denounced a stacked jury that delivered the verdict, including admitted donors to Hillary Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and even a woman whose daughter plays sports with the Sussmann's daughter.
"I mean, he is facing a jury that has three Clinton donors, an AOC donor, and a woman whose daughter is on the same sports team with Sussmann's daughter," Turley said in a video posted to Twitter. "With the exception of randomly selecting people out of the DNC [Democratic National Committee] headquarters, you could not come up with a worse jury."
After the Sussmann verdict was delivered, former President Donald Trump has not directly responded to Durham's setback, but Trump did post a "Letter to the Pulitzer Prizes" dated May 27 to his Truth Social account.
"I again call on you to rescind the prize you awarded based on blatantly false, derogatory, and defamatory news," the letter concluded. "If you choose not to do so, we will see you in court."
Durham was contrite when he was leaving the courthouse Tuesday as a video clip posted to Twitter showed. He issued a written statement he was "disappointed" in the outcome, though.
Conservatives were less complimentary of the jury and the judge.
"Breaking: Ultra-liberal D.C. jury acquits their friend and former Hillary Clinton attorney for having concocted collusion between Donald Trump and Russia," Newsbusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck tweeted Tuesday.
Former federal prosecutor Brett Tolman said Americans should not be surprised a D.C. judge and jury followed the politics instead of the law.
"It's not surprising to me that the D.C. court, you know, impaneled the jury that it did," Tolman told Newsmax's "John Bachman Now." "You look, John, at the facts of the case, and it's overwhelming, so you have to actually have a jury that's willing to ignore the evidence and ignore the law."
Tolman denounced the judge in the trial for failing to root out bias in the jury pool.
"When you select a jury, you want to be able to point out potential bias and existing bias and typically a judge would say to someone like you know, the Hillary campaign can't be contributors," Tolman added to host John Bachman. "The woman whose daughter was on the same athletic team as Sussmann's daughter, you would say, You know what? The connection is too close; I'm going to eliminate that juror.
"But in this case that didn't happen. And so John Durham was left to use just a few challenges that he had to try to make a fair and consistent jury, and it proved to be impossible to do so in Washington, D.C."
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., also appeared with Bachman, saying Americans were not adequately represented in the trial.
"It doesn't feel like they got a fair day in court, and it feels like that no one is ever held accountable in this country for breaking the law, particularly in the highest echelons of campaigns and the federal government," Mace said.
"And it's inexcusable, really, and the frustration of the American people I'm sure will be palpable with this verdict; but we just want someone, anyone, to be held accountable for the laws that they are breaking."
Sussmann walked out of the court claiming he "told the truth to the FBI."
"The jury clearly recognized that with their unanimous verdict today," Sussmann said, according to The Associated Press.
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