President Donald Trump is leaving office in just days, and without any assurance that those behind the Russia hoax that shadowed his term in office will be held to account. But evidence continues to surface of just how baseless the whole affair was.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has released damning transcripts from his investigation of the Russia “witch hunt” showing that FBI and Justice Department officials knew there was no evidence of collusion, The Washington Times reported.
Graham releases the transcripts
The “Russia Russia Russia” hoax that Trump often complained about throughout his presidency began in the summer of 2016 with the launch of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe, as Just the News reported.
Trump and his allies have often recounted how the FBI, using a salacious dossier, abused its powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. It was eventually revealed that the FBI knew the dossier was unreliable and withheld exculpatory information from the FISA court, the Washington Examiner reported.
Over the course of Trump’s term, many Americans lost trust in the FBI as these and other actions showing prejudice against Trump came to light. On Friday, Graham released hundreds of pages showing more evidence that the Russia probe was crooked.
“No evidence of collusion”
One interview subject, an unnamed FBI agent who worked closely with Christopher Steele, said that Steele’s dossier was “political.”
“I mean, it was obvious,” the source said, according to the Daily Mail.
Dana Boente, who oversaw the FBI’s probe for a few months in early 2017, admitted in a June interview that it was apparent early on that Trump did not collude with Russia. “I don’t know if and when I was told that. I think — I recall being told at some point, maybe not February , between February and April, because thankfully my involvement ended in April, that there was no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign,” he said, according to The Washington Times.
About halfway through Trump’s term, in March of 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that there was no evidence of Russian collusion.
Trump and his allies have continued to call for an accounting of the “witch hunt” and the abuses of power that allowed it to happen.
But many Trump supporters are concerned that the Russia hoax will get swept under the rug, with no report in sight from attorney John Durham, who Trump appointed to get to the bottom of the scandal. “It is my hope that the Durham report will hold those accountable for the travesty called Crossfire Hurricane,” Graham has said.
Some of the material remains classified, the senator noted.