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WASHINGTON DC- U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper sent jurors to deliberation on Friday but said he would not “return a verdict” in Michael Sussmann’s trial until next week.
Cooper earlier this week told the jury and attorneys on Special Counsel John Durham’s team and defense attorneys for Sussmann that he is expected to leave U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia around 2 p.m. Friday, the start of Memorial Day weekend. . “We’re not going to take a verdict today,” Cooper said.
Cooper had planned for the trial to last two weeks.
After the government and defense finished presenting their closing arguments on Friday, Cooper informed the jury that they could begin deliberating. He said the jury would be dismissed for the day at 5:00 p.m.
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Cooper, however, said he “would not be able to accept a verdict” on Friday afternoon because he would be out of the building.
Cooper said that even if the jury returns a verdict on Friday, it will stand by it until it returns to court on Tuesday after the holiday weekend.
Sussmann is charged with one count of making a false statement to the FBI when he met with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker to provide information alleging a secret communication channel between the Trump Organization and the Russian Alfa Bank. Sussmann allegedly told Baker during that September 19, 2016 meeting that he was not representing any specific client in bringing the information, but rather was bringing it to the office as a citizen concerned with national security.
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Durham’s team alleges that Sussmann lied about not representing a client and billed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign for that FBI meeting.
Sussmann pleaded not guilty.
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