John Durham, the special counsel who has long been investigating the claims of “Russian collusion” that were aimed at President Donald Trump since he ran for president in 2016, has released a report that alleges the FBI and the DOJ seriously stumbled in their handling of the investigation years ago.
BREAKING: Special counsel John Durham concludes FBI never should have launched Trump-Russia probe, but no charges recommended – CNN— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 15, 2023
According to a report from Fox News, Durham’s anticipated report dropped on Monday, after the special counsel has spent years investigating now-debunked claims that Trump somehow colluded with Russian entities in order to win the 2016 presidential election.
From Fox, via the report:
“This information in part triggered and sustained Crossfire Hurricane and contributed to the subsequent need for Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. In particular, there was significant reliance on investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents.”
Further, the report noted that they “also considered as part of its investigation the government’s handling of certain intelligence that it received during the summer of 2016.”
The report continued, “That intelligence concerned purported ‘approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”
Journalist Greg Price included the following analysis on Twitter:
🚨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— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 15, 2023
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is also the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated on Twitter that the committee had reached out to the DOJ and asked to have Special Counsel John Durham testify next week as this report has broken.
This is a developing story.