Bill Barr after Sussmann acquittal: Durham ‘did an exceptionally able job’

Former Attorney General Bill Barr defended special counsel John Durham after a federal jury acquitted prominent Democratic attorney Michael Sussman, saying that despite the failure of his flagship prosecution Durham “did an exceptionally able job.”

Fox News host Jesse Watters asked Barr in an interview on Wednesday if he was disappointed in Durham or if he felt “any way responsible for how this Durham situation’s unfolding,” as he appointed the special prosecutor.

“No, I’m very proud of John Durham, and I do take responsibility for his appointment, and I think he and his team did an exceptionally able job, both digging out very important facts and presenting a compelling case to the jury,” Barr responded. 

“And the fact that he – while he did not succeed in getting a conviction from the D.C. jury, I think he accomplished something far more important, which is he brought out the truth in two important areas,” he continued. 

Barr said he believed Durham “crystallized the central role” that Clinton’s presidential campaign played in espousing a narrative that former President Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russia.

He said that Durham also “exposed really dreadful behavior by the supervisors in the FBI, the senior ranks in the FBI, who knowingly use this information to start an investigation of Trump and then dupe their own agents by lying to them and refusing to tell them what the real source of that information was.”

Barr picked Durham look into the FBI’s probe of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in early 2019, later being given the status of special counsel in late 2020 so Durham could finish his work even after Trump left office. 

Sussman, a key figure in the Durham probe, stood accused of not being forthcoming in an October 2016 meeting with the then-FBI’s general counsel regarding on who he had represented.

He had reportedly been meeting with FBI official James Baker to present evidence of supposed questionable traffic online between Russian financial institution Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. 

A federal jury acquitted Sussman on Monday on one count of lying to the Bureau, a decision that was slammed by Trump.

“Our Legal System is CORRUPT, our Judges (and Justices!) are highly partisan, compromised or just plain scared, our Borders are OPEN, our Elections are Rigged, Inflation is RAMPANT, gas prices and food costs are ‘through the roof,’ our Military ‘Leadership’ is Woke, our Country is going to HELL, and Michael Sussmann is not guilty,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social, the social networking site he founded.