The long-awaited report by Special Counsel John Durham demonstrating that the FBI should never have opened its investigation to look into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign prompted President Trump to respond this week.
Trump described the acts committed by certain FBI agents as being akin to “treason” in a series of postings on the former president’s Truth Social page. He also described how a “great fraud” had been perpetrated on the American people.
“Special Counsel John Durham has concluded that the FBI never should have started the Trump-Russia Probe after doing a thorough study! In other words, people who do not wish to see GREATNESS for AMERICA conned the American public, just as they con it today,” he wrote.
“The Durham Report explains the Democrat Hoax that was conducted against me and the American people in graphic detail. This is more egregious than ‘stuffing’ vote boxes in the 2020 presidential election. The Election was significantly impacted by this blatantly unlawful behavior. We are looking at the Crime of the Century,” he later continued, “with an honest media.”
In later postings, the former president thanked Congress for ousting James Comey as FBI Director and urged them to take steps to make sure it never occurs again.
According to Breitbart News, Durham determined in the 300-page assessment that the FBI should not have ever looked into whether or not Trump and Russia colluded, contending that they failed to follow the existing, strict, and objective criteria.
“According to the analysis of Crossfire Hurricane and associated intelligence operations, we draw the conclusion that the Dept. along with the FBI have failed to fulfill their crucial mission of strict adherence to the law associated to specific activities and events detailed in this report.”
The report continued, apparently referring to the Fusion GPS “pee dossier,” which was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. “Our investigation further showed that senior FBI workers showed an alarming absence of analytical rigorousness towards the material they had obtained, particularly information gathered from politically associated individuals and entities.”
According to the report, there was no proof the Trump campaign had aided the Russian government prior to “the allegation from an Australian ambassador that then-Trump team adviser George Papadopoulos stated to him that the Trump campaign possessed dirt on Clinton.”
The report said that “Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Peter Strzok in particular, opened Crossfire Hurricane immediately at the direction of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Strzok had, at the very least, overtly unfavorable emotions against Trump. Without ever speaking to the people who gave the information, the case was initiated as a complete inquiry.”
Durham said that the FBI and the Justice Dept. had “pursued claims of cooperation or conspiracy involving a U.S. presidential campaign and a foreign power without the proper objectivity or restraint.”
The report stated that “the FBI’s speed and manner in which it launched and investigated Crossfire Hurricane amid the U.S. presidential election period on the basis of raw, unanalyzed, and insufficiently supported intelligence additionally showed an obvious departure from the manner in which it confronted previous matters that involve possible attempted foreign election meddling plans targeted at the Clinton campaign.”