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Sussmann jury selected as Durham makes rare appearance

Added 05-16-22 09:23:02pm EST - “Jury selection for the high-profile criminal trial against Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann took place Monday, with a rare public appearance by special counsel John Durham, who brought the case in his long-running…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Jury selection for the high-profile criminal trial against Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann took place Monday, with a rare public appearance by special counsel John Durham, who brought the case in his long-running investigation's first trial.

Sussmann was charged last year with concealing his clients — Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and “Tech Executive-1,” known to be former Neustar executive Rodney Joffe — from FBI general counsel James Baker when he presented debunked allegations suggesting a secret back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank during a September 2016 meeting.

Durham spent much of Monday sitting just behind the full prosecution table close to the gallery half-filled with press and other audience members who had shown up to the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse. He was wearing a mask, which largely concealed his trademark mustache and goatee. Robert Mueller did not make a similar appearance in court when he was special counsel.

The “voir dire” process — in which dozens of potential jurors were questioned by the judge, the prosecution, and the defense — lasted almost the full day, and a full jury was finalized Monday evening. The jury consists of 12 jurors and four alternates, though it is not clear which are which. The full jury panel contains 11 women and five men.

Many of the members of the broader jury pool, as well as some selected for the jury itself, expressed strong disdain for former President Donald Trump and/or support for Clinton. Most said they hadn't heard of the Sussmann case until the judge told them about it last week.

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