The Durham Report Confirmed Our Worst Fears
Special Counsel John Durham finally released his report detailing his findings regarding the bogus allegations of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia in the 2016 election. The report, which clocks in at 306 pages, exposes how partisan Democrats pitched the bogus accusation to the Obama administration, which was all too willing to go along with the charade.
If there’s anything the report makes clear, the Obama administration had no “actual evidence” of collusion when it launched Crossfire Hurricane. “Indeed, 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,” the report reads.
Durham’s report exposed confirmation bias within the FBI, with investigators ignoring facts and circumstances contradicting the collusion narrative. How could this happen? The reason is that many of the people directly involved in the investigation “expressed their open disdain for Trump” and had “asserted that they would prevent Trump from becoming President.” One notable example is former Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
This bias influenced the FBI’s actions throughout the investigation. In fact, the agency committed multiple violations that should shock every American to the core. For years, Donald Trump has described the collusion investigation as a witch-hunt, and that’s precisely what Durham has exposed. The FBI chose to omit exculpatory evidence and neglected to disclose statements made by several Trump advisers which would have cleared them of suspicion. This wasn’t an investigation; it was a witch-hunt in every possible sense.
While the FBI was engaged in a witch-hunt of Donald Trump, it also deliberately ignored legitimate leads linking Hillary Clinton to the collusion narrative. For example, FBI leadership ignored intelligence related to the Clinton campaign and dismissed the significance of the Clinton-funded Steele dossier and the bogus allegations linking Trump to Alfa Bank, which were planted by the Clinton campaign. (RELATED: Did Hillary’s Campaign Plant Fabricated Evidence to Frame Trump?)
The FBI also chose not to investigate Charles Dolan, a Democrat operative with ties to the Clintons who had connections to Russian government figures mentioned in the Steele dossier.
The investigation of Trump should have never happened in the first place because there was never any actual evidence of concussion. Still, because of anti-Trump officials in the agency, their confirmation bias resulted in investigators failing to pursue exculpatory evidence and relying on uncorroborated accusations. Meanwhile, legitimate allegations against the Clinton campaign were explicitly ignored.
Once heralded for its fairness and objectivity, the FBI’s tarnished reputation now stands revealed, for it has become evident, more than ever before, that the very core of this institution is marred by compromise and corruption. In short, the Durham report confirmed our worst fears.