The Justice Department and FBI “failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law,” Durham concluded in the 306-page report.
This is not about Democrat or Republican, this is about a total failure of the US judicial system and FBI corruption.
Using a Government agency to discredit a political opponent is a federal crime and against any version of democracy, not to mention the crime of interfering with an election.
Durham was tasked in late 2020 by then-Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe of the Trump campaign that was launched in July 2016. Durham’s appointment came just weeks before Trump was defeated by Joe Biden, effectively ensuring that his work would continue even after Biden took office.
Some of the FBI’s most controversial actions were largely based on since-debunked allegations provided by former British spy Christopher Steele.
“Our investigation … revealed that senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor toward the information that they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities,” Durham wrote in his report. “In particular, there was significant reliance on investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents. The Department did not adequately examine or question these materials and the motivations of those providing them before opening a full-scale investigation.”
In his final report, Durham alleges that the investigation into Trump in its early days was handled differently from how the FBI approached prior matters, including allegations of “foreign election interference plans” purportedly aimed at Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, which Durham’s team also examined.
The attorney general promised Congress that the FBI would “never be used for political purposes.” This announcement was met with skepticism from a congressman who warned that they “might hide things from Congress.”
This false and fabricated information was used widely by the media to discredit a US President. No matter what political side you are, this should be a very disturbing event. People need to be held accountable for this federal crime. Next time it might be used against your candidate. Democracy is at threat here.