Durham Probe-FBI Had No ‘Actual Evidence’ to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties
On Monday, Special Counsel John Durham concluded a probe into the Russiagate investigation against Donald Trump that began in 2019 when Attorney General Will Barr announced that he appointed Durham to investigate the origins of the now-infamous Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
In his scathing report, Durham concluded that the FBI did not have enough ‘factual evidence’ to investigate allegations of collusion between Trump and the Russian government.
He further alleged that the FBI had ‘failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law’ when launching the probe.
NOW – Durham report finds the FBI failed in its responsibility to the public and never should have launched the Trump-Russia probe.pic.twitter.com/uIIQJYVrOS
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Durham went so far as to say that the FBI possessed no ‘actual’ evidence to justify investigating Trump.
‘Based on the evidence gathered in the multiple exhaustive and costly federal investigations of these matters, including the instant investigation, neither U.S. law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.’
He also seemed to hint that the investigation was politically biased as the FBI applied far less strict evidentiary standards to begin investigating Trump than they did the Clinton campaign.
‘The speed and manner in which the FBI opened and investigated Crossfire Hurricane during the presidential election season based on raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence also reflected a noticeable departure from how it approached prior matters involving possible attempted foreign election inference plans aimed at the Clinton campaign,’ the report continues.
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The report further indicates that the Obama White House was briefed on a plot by the Hillary Clinton campaign to falsely link Trump to the Russian government dating back to August of 2016, and the FBI still pressed ahead with the investigation.
🚨BREAKING: According to the Durham Report, the plan by Hillary Clinton to create a false story linking Donald Trump to Russia was briefed in August of 2016 by CIA Director John Brennan to President Obama, VP Biden, AG Loretta Lynch, and FBI Director Comey. pic.twitter.com/r2NvwJyKW8
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Durham further said that now disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok prepared records showing that the FBI had no information to justify the investigation.
‘FBI records prepared by Strzok in February and March 2017 show at the time of opening Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI had no information in its holding indicating that at any time during the campaign, anyone in the Trump campaign had been in contact with any Russian intelligence officials.’
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The report elaborated on reports from last year that found that many of the allegations in the Steele Dossier were unfounded or could not be corroborated.
‘Our investigation determined that the Crossfire Hurricane investigators did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations contained in the Steele reporting.’
The Durham report is damning. It shows the FBI operating as a disinformation shop for the Clinton campaign, ignoring its own rules, and blatantly & maliciously interfering in a presidential election. The Steele dossier was fake, and FBI knew it all along. pic.twitter.com/vGkPYloz5B
— John Daniel Davidson (@johnddavidson) May 15, 2023
Beyond saying that many of the allegations put out in the Russiagate scandal were unfounded, Durham further noted that the FBI personnel working on the FISA applications ‘displayed, at best, a cavalier attitude towards accuracy and completeness’ and ‘disregarded important requirements’ on multiple occasions, says Durham.
FISA applications submitted in furtherance of the Russiagate probe became a major source of controversy after it was found that Senior Trump campaign advisor Carter Paige was being spied on.
He went so far as to allege that FBI agents working on the case were acting in bad faith, saying that they ‘did not genuinely believe there was probable cause to believe that the target was knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of a foreign power.’
The FBI responded to the release of the Durham probe by saying that they have already taken corrective actions to fix the allegations in the report.
‘The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have been in place for some time,’ the FBI told DailyMail.com.
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