Durham testifies FBI ignored intelligence that Hillary Clinton campaign planned to link Trump to Russia

June 22, 2023

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative was planned by the Hillary Clinton campaign, the FBI knew about it, and they did nothing to stop or expose it.

Former Special Counsel John Durham highlighted the failure of the FBI to do its duty during his five hours of testimony before the House Judicial Committee on Wednesday.

Durham's May report on the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe stated that the probe into former President Donald Trump should never have been launched, and faulted both the FBI and DOJ for moving ahead with it even though they had credible information that it was a campaign plot and not true.

In his testimony, Durham said the FBI failed to "sufficiently scrutinize information it received" and did not "apply the same standards to allegations it received about the Clinton and Trump campaigns."

The FBI knew

"The FBI was too willing to accept and use politically funded and uncorroborated opposition research, such as the Steele dossier," Durham said. "The FBI relied on the dossier and FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) applications, knowing there was likely material originating from a political campaign or political opponent."

Durham noted that then-President Barack Obama received intelligence that the Clinton campaign was manufacturing a Trump-Russia scandal, but he and his administration also did nothing with the information.

In fact, the Clinton plan to falsely smear Trump was never shared with the FBI Crossfire Hurricane team investigating possible Trump-Russia collusion.

"We interviewed the first supervisor of the Crossfire investigation, the operational person," Durham said. "We showed him the intelligence information and he indicated he had never seen it before."

In fact, Durham said the agent, Joe Pientka, "immediately became emotional, got up and left the room with his lawyer, spent some time in the hallway, and came back" upon finding out that the information had been kept from him.

"Failed to act"

Durham's report said the FBI "failed to act on what should have been — when combined with other incontrovertible facts — a clear warning sign that the FBI might then be the target of an effort to manipulate or influence the law enforcement process for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election."

Durham said during his testimony of himself and his team, "At no time and in no sense did we act with a purpose to further partisan or political ends. To the extent that somebody suggests otherwise, that’s simply untrue and offensive."

Durham also said his findings are "serious" and "deserve attention from the American public and its representatives."

"We found troubling violations of law and policy in the conduct of highly consequential investigations directed at members of a presidential campaign and ultimately, a presidential administration," Durham said. "To me, it matters not whether it was a Republican campaign or a Democrat campaign."

"The law ought to apply to everybody in the same way," he concluded.

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