Former President Trump is calling for consequences after John Durham concluded that the FBI had no basis to launch the "Russian collusion" probe that consumed most of Trump's term in office.
Nearly seven years after the original Trump-Russia investigation began, Trump told Newsmax that the Democrats committed "treason" and that it "feels good" to be vindicated.
"All of these people, I guess you could call it treason, you could call it a lot of different things. But this should never be allowed to happen in our country again," he said.
For Trump and his supporters, however, it's a bittersweet victory. Despite charging the FBI with a failure to uphold "strict fidelity to the law," Durham ended his investigation by recommending no new criminal charges over what Trump has called the "crime of the century."
Although Durham fell short of alleging a full-blown conspiracy between the FBI and the Democrats, he found an "extremely troublesome" pattern of bias and a consistent failure to vet the phony evidence that drove the investigation from the beginning, such as the notorious Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
Trump said the Russia narrative was born out of the Democrats' inability to come to terms with Hillary Clinton's shocking election loss in 2016.
"She blamed it on Russia. And it's very sad. Very bad for our country," Trump said.
The Durham report goes into great detail on the Clinton campaign's central role in fabricating the collusion storyline, which was pushed to the FBI and collaborators in the media who whipped up two and a half years of partisan hysteria.
Perhaps the single most absurd part of the "collusion" narrative was the notorious "pee tape" myth that Trump was secretly recorded watching prostitutes soil a bed the Obamas had slept in.
Durham identified a Clinton operative, Charles Dolan, as the likely source of the claim, but Dolan was incredibly never interviewed by the FBI.
The agency also ignored intelligence that Clinton's campaign was trying to "stir up a scandal" linking Trump with Russia, information that was shared with President Obama and then-vice president Biden in August of 2016.
The hoax started to unravel more than four years ago, when Robert Mueller concluded his sprawling investigation with no evidence of collusion in the spring of 2019.
Ultimately, the "collusion" hoax achieved its apparent purpose by raising unfounded doubts about Trump's election victory and impugning his patriotism.
While Trump was slandered as a shadowy traitor, the shoe was on the other foot all along: it was the Democrats who defrauded the American people and weaponized federal law enforcement on an unprecedented scale to interfere with the political process. Will they ever be held accountable?