CNN anchor admits that Durham report exonerates Trump

 May 16, 2023

Special Counsel John Durham's report has been released, and it contains shocking findings about the FBI's conduct during the 2016 election. What's more shocking is that even some on the left concede that it exonerates former President Donald Trump. 

According to the Daily Caller, one of them is CNN host Jake Tapper. He made the admission on Monday shortly after Durham's report was made public.

Tapper: Report is "devastating to the FBI"

"The report is now here, it has dropped. And it might have not produced everything of what some Republicans hoped for, it is, regardless, devastating to the FBI, and to a degree, it does exonerate Donald Trump," Tapper said.

Meanwhile, fellow CNN contributor Evan Perez then pointed out how "FBI moved very quickly to investigate these allegations of connections of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that they did so by ignoring a lot of evidence that would have led them to drop that altogether."

Among the conclusions reached by Durham is that the investigation of Trump's alleged involvement with Russia was commenced without "any actual evidence of collusion."

FBI "could not corroborate" Steele Dossier

The report also condemned the FBI's reliance on the Steele Dossier, a collection of unverified and salacious rumors about Trump that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

"Our investigation determined that the Crossfire Hurricane investigators did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations contained in the Steele reporting," Durham declared.

Meanwhile, Fox News noted how Durham found the FBI took a "markedly different" approach in how it dealt with Trump's campaign compared that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This included briefing Clinton campaign staffers on potential threats while ignoring "a trusted foreign source" who said the Clinton camp would attempt "to vilify Trump by tying him to Vladimir Putin."

Trump: "There must be a heavy price to pay"

That was done despite the FBI having been told such misinformation was intended "to divert attention from her own concerns relating to her use of a private email server."

"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 interference plans aimed at the Clinton campaign," it added.

For his part, Trump said in an interview with Fox News that "[t]here must be a heavy price to pay for putting our country through this."

"I, and much more importantly, the American public have been victims of this long-running and treasonous charade started by the Democrats," he added.

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