Former Ron, Rand Paul aide acquitted in campaign fraud case

A federal jury has acquitted Jesse Benton, former head of a super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, on the charge that he made a false statement to officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a criminal investigation.

The decision, announced Thursday, comes less than two weeks after Benton was acquitted of four other charges related to the alleged bribing of ex-Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson during Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign due to prosecutorial errors during a federal grand jury trial.

Benton was indicted on five counts in early August related to the scheme to pay Sorenson and statements he made to the FBI. The charges are unrelated to the younger Paul's 2016 presidential campaign.

Upon leaving the Southern District of Iowa federal courthouse after the not-guilty verdict was handed down, Benton reportedly told local members of the press: "God is great."