Ex-Clinton Campaign Lawyer Michael Sussmann Acquitted of Lying to FBI

Verdict marks loss in special counsel John Durham’s three-year probe into government’s handling of allegations of Trump-Russia ties

Prosecutors had accused Michael Sussmann, outside court in Washington on Tuesday, of trying to inject the FBI into a partisan plot.Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

WASHINGTON—A lawyer for the 2016 Clinton campaign, Michael Sussmann, was acquitted on a charge of lying to the FBI in September that year about his motives for bringing the bureau research allegedly linking Donald Trump to Russia, in the first test at trial of special counsel John Durham’s probe.

After deliberating for about six hours, jurors found Mr. Sussmann not guilty Tuesday, in a rebuke to Mr. Durham’s three-year examination of how the U.S. government handled allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the tumultuous presidential election.

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