The long-awaited Durham Report has dropped, and just as roughly 75 million Americans expected, the FBI executed a politically motivated investigation against the former President of the United States at the behest of his political rival.
This scenario sounds more like something that would occur in a third-world country than the “freest” nation in the world.
In typical fashion, the strongarm of this political prosecution has issued a mealy-mouthed statement abdicating any actual culpability and daring to say we should all be thankful they exist in the first place. So the Federal Bureau of Investigation strikes again, proving that they can’t be trusted and telling us to trust them anyway.
Before we dig in, this is their response:
Statement on Report by Special Counsel John Durhamhttps://t.co/lcow0ea3mG pic.twitter.com/T4vXqoOMrp
— FBI (@FBI) May 15, 2023
Not Working For You
The over 300-page Durham Report extensively laid out all the ways in which the Russia collusion allegations against former President Donald Trump were perpetuated on faulty at best and blatant manufactured tips at worst. But my favorite nuggets focus exclusively on the FBI.
The report, in no uncertain terms, said that the FBI’s investigation:
“failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law.”
My that is scathing; our government’s premier law enforcement arm didn’t adhere to their own standards in what was sold as the most critical investigation of our time, against the leader of the free world.
The report goes on to say that FBI employees:
“displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor toward the information they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities.”
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This statement is a tame way of saying that the FBI was too inept to execute an investigation of this magnitude. However, most of us would argue this “lack of rigor” was intentional.
The pièce de résistance comes next:
“Neither U.S. law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
So not only did the FBI waste taxpayer dollars and man-hours on a political witch hunt, they did so at the behest of the subject’s political opponents. So, what say you, FBI?
🧵 1. How many things in American government and politics have changed over the last seven years because of the FBI’s treasonous actions, as outlined in the Durham report? pic.twitter.com/j66ufgtp0r
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) May 16, 2023
Whatever, We Don’t Care
The FBI’s statement, as seen above, was equal parts insulting as it was bold.
“The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”
Essentially the FBI opens up by saying yeah, we know we got caught weaponizing our institution, we’ve made some adjustments, and you should ignore this silly report.
“Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in this report could have been prevented.”
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I wonder if that statement is a sufficient apology for Donald Trump and his staff, who were harassed and had their lives and reputation dragged through the mud over false allegations shoddily investigated by the most powerful law enforcement agency in the country.
And here is my favorite part:
“This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.”
To me, this reads like the FBI telling me that a report detailing their lack of judgment, slapdash investigation, and political bias should justify their existence. Now that is rich.
My plan to shut down the FBI is grounded in pragmatism: just as local prosecutors don’t require a separate intermediary agency in order to work with local police, neither should the DOJ require a separate FBI to work with U.S. Marshals. My debate with @chucktodd happened before… pic.twitter.com/CIbn9hIPCz
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) May 16, 2023
Understandably those on the right, particularly ones running for President or flirting with the idea of running, issued statements of outrage.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wrote:
“It reminds us of the need to clean house at these agencies, as they’ve never been held accountable for this egregious abuse of power.”
Dark horse candidate Vivek Ramaswamy told Fox News:
“The next President needs to shut down the FBI. This is a corrupt institution that has repeatedly revealed itself to be politicized.”
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And this morning, Nikki Haley added to the mix:
“The Durham Report is damning evidence of the rot in our government. No party, no politician should weaponize government to go after political opponents. There must be consequences, or this will never end.”
All valid points, but the hope that anything will come from this report, I fear, is futile. The FBI has continually proved they can’t be trusted throughout history – first in persecuting those on the left and now on their mobilized attacks on those on the right.
And we can’t forget about the
subject target of the phony investigation. He was uncharacteristically laconic in his reply:
No accountability, plenty of consequences
Congressman Matt Gaetz had the best response to the report so far:
“This report is an insufficient consequence for the malfeasance and corruption that we have seen here. It was an operation from beginning to end to fuse political opposition research from the DNC and the Clinton campaign with this intelligence process and criminal process.”
Mr. Gaetz goes on his statement to rightly claim that if this sort of action had happened at the behest of Republicans, there would’ve been indictments. However, Mr. Durham does point out that the efforts of the FBI have had negative repercussions:
“As the more complete record now shows, there are specific areas of Crossfire Hurricane activity in which the FBI badly underperformed and failed, not only in its duties to the public, but also in preventing the severe reputational harm that has befallen the FBI as a consequence of Crossfire Hurricane.”
The Durham report is an absolutely DAMNING treatise on the weaponization of the FBI against President Trump.
This should be a clarion call for legislative reform. We need to defund and deauthorize government entities that are converted from the just cause of defending our nation… pic.twitter.com/peaeMcVr6q
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 16, 2023
The truth is the FBI meddled in an election, helped weaken our ability to engage effectively with our international partners, including Ukraine and our adversary Russia, and destroyed the lives of Americans – not just Donald Trump. So while the FBI tells you not to worry, they fixed everything, and that you need them, just remember – if they can do this to a man like Donald Trump – they can do it to you.
Honest liberals are learning today what many of us have long known: RussiaGate was a 100% fabricated hoax. Remember they used RussiaGate to prevent Trump from pursuing a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine conflict. Tens of thousands are dead, Ukraine ruined because of that lie.
— Martyr Made 🦉🪓 (@martyrmade) May 15, 2023
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The 2020 elections seems to prove they haven’t put much of a repair of the FBI. The FIX wasn’t fixed!!!
If what the FBI said is true ” Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in this report could have been prevented.” How do they explain the 2020 Election? The went after Social media sites, in some cases forcing them to censor anything bad that came out about the Biden’s ( They didn’t have to go after the MSM as they were already fully under the control of the DNC ) such as again they used the ploy, in Hunters laptop case, of ” Russian misinformation ” . If the FBI really wanted this BS to stop, they would allow the House and Senate to interview and fire any agents found to be compromised!
One of the reasons for the interference in our election process is to keep the Ukraine piggy bank open !! The Democrats including Biden have been laundering money through the corrupt government over there for a long time! There are some deep state Republicans (Rinos) doing the same thing! The corruption over here and over there has cost thousands of lives just to line the pockets of politicians!! It is still going on! This is why the deep state is so afraid of Trump and to a lesser extent Desantis. If Trump gets back in there will many of them going to prison and even tried for Treason! Trump will clean up our Department of Homeland Security and our Justice Department! Unless this happens we will no longer have a free country we will live under a communistic, tyrannical government.
LOL! So, the FBI makes new regulations for something they knew was wrong to start with. Nope. Lock them up. They failed to verify and that has been standard procedure forever. They did not want to verify any of the cwap they received to push a commie/Socialist/NWO Agenda. Fire them all.
Nobody is above the law. And when the judicial/ executive avenues become worthless, there is always Vigilante courts. Do we not have the Right to bear arms against enemies foreign and (domestic)? and doesn’t this give us the Right inherently to try and past judgment on wrongdoers?
The Durham Report shows that McCabe and FBI shut down the Clinton investigation, despite evidence of illegal foreign cash for favors. However, they took the Clinton smear campaign of Trump (Steele Dossier) as legitimate cause for their “Hurricane Crossfire” investigation of Trump—despite no corroborative evidence in it.
The FBI assures us that the plot to keep an elected Republican president from taking office by a Democrat administration could not occur now. See, the “corrective actions” would prevent this now. How do you prevent the head of the FBI, McCabe, from shutting down an investigation of Clinton through procedures is unclear? Apparently, overturning elections were in the SOP before this, so the cabal of Strzok, Page, and McCabe, and Clinesmith were just following procedure, we must believe.
The FBI is for the Democrat Party what the KGB was for the Communist Party: a terror police to eliminate political opposition.
Fox in charge of the hen house?
“The FBI released a statement saying conduct from 2016 and 2017 was the reason current leadership of the agency already had adopted changes and implemented dozens of corrective actions.”
So what are the “corrective action details” how will they be enforces, and what are the penalties for non compliance?
A simple statement from the FBI is not sufficient, since it involves them and their failures, the people need details. Anything less, not withstanding.
And if they already knew this why isn’t some one in prison
Frankly this entire episode proves that integrity, morality and ethics cannot be legislated. Only fully applied and appropriately harsh accountability can hope to demand fairness and justice in society.
A side note to Political Insider, as my comment awaits approval, did the spam comment from AnneAnn, below my comment, meet approval?
“The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”, oh and by the way, there is this bridge in Brooklyn that we are selling ….
The FBI makes the Keystone Cops look like a brilliantly elite and efficient tactical squad. The Keystone Cops have put the FBI to shame.
WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED?
Actually, if they had just followed the law and protocols existing at the time, the witch hunt would have never started, and Hilly, along with the DNC, may well have been investigated instead.
This BS that the Democratic party calls politics is no more than an extremely bad nightmare. They themselves keep saying that nobody is above the law, yet the entire party (almost) breaks any law they feel like with absolutely no action taken against them. Wake up America, and make this nightmare disappear!