"The American Public Was Scammed": Trump Responds After Bomshell Durham Report 'Exonerates'
Update (1850ET): Former President Donald Trump on Monday has responded through a spokesman, saying that the report "proves" a coordinated effort by the federal government to interfere with the 2016 US election.
"WOW! After extensive research, Special Counsel John Durham concludes the FBI never should have launched the Trump-Russia Probe! In other words, the American Public was scammed, just as it is being scammed right now by those who don’t want to see GREATNESS for AMERICA!" Trump wrote on Truth Social.
"The Durham Report spells out in great detail the Democrat Hoax that was perpetrated upon me and the American people. This is 2020 Presidential Election Fraud, just like ‘stuffing’ the ballot boxes, only more so."
"This totally illegal act had a huge impact on the Election. With an honest Media, we are looking at the Crime of the Century!"
Here's a summary of the main findings from Techno Fog via The Reactionary:
“The FBI discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship between Trump and Russia.”
Crossfire Hurricane “was opened as a full investigation without [the FBI] ever having spoken to the persons who provided that information.” Days after it was opened, Peter Strzok was telling a London FBI employee that “there’s nothing to this.”
Internal FBI communications discussing the Crossfire Hurricane during its early stages: it’s “thin” and “it sucks”.
British Intelligence pushed back on Mueller requests for assistance: “[a British Intelligence person] basically said there was no [expletive] way in hell they were going to do it.”
Durham documents TWO investigations into Hillary Clinton - one involving the Clinton Foundation and one involving illegal foreign contributions to Clinton’s Campaign.
In one Clinton Campaign investigation, an FBI confidential human source (CHS) had offered an illegal foreign contribution to the campaign through an intermediary. The Clinton Campaign was “okay with it” and “were fully aware”. The CHS offered the FBI a copy of the credit card charge; the FBI never got receipts. In fact, the FBI handling agent told the CHS “to stay away from all events relating to Clinton’s campaign.”
As a result of ELECTION INTERFERENCE by @HillaryClinton and the @DNC in the 2016 election, President Trump faced 4+ years of relentless investigations and narratives BASED ON A LIE. The DOJ and FBI were actively working AGAINST him and the will of THE PEOPLE. Trump was right. pic.twitter.com/qHyFDVRFTQ— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) May 15, 2023
Props to Aaron, @ggreenwald, @mtaibbi and everyone else on the liberal-left who told the truth about RussiaGate from the beginning. They were slandered, blacklisted, betrayed by so-called friends, and they deserve credit. https://t.co/EoMKxJ55LJ— Martyr Made 🦉🪓 (@martyrmade) May 15, 2023
Ready to give your Pulitzer back now? https://t.co/3UH1cPibWN— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) May 15, 2023
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Special Counsel John Durham released his final report on Monday following over three years of investigation into the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia probe.
According to Just the News, the report concludes that the FBI had no verified intelligence or evidence when it opened up an investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign in the summer of 2016.
Durham placed blame on the FBI and DOJ for failing to follow their own standards in a probe which should have never taken place - including the agency's surveillance of an American citizen without basis.
"Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we concluded the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report," wrote Durham.
The Durham report states that Clinton General Counsel Marc Elias "declined to be voluntarily interviewed by the Office." Elias was recently severed by the Democratic National Committee from representation. The campaign was fined by the FEC for his hiding the funding of the…— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 15, 2023
"The FBI personnel also repeatedly disregarded important requirements when they continued to seek renewals of that FISA surveillance while acknowledging -- both then and in hindsight -- that they did not genuinely believe there was probable cause to believe that the target was knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of foreign power."
🚨BREAKING: According to the Durham Report, the plan by Hillary Clinton to create a false story linking Donald Trump to Russia was briefed in August of 2016 by CIA Director John Brennan to President Obama, VP Biden, AG Loretta Lynch, and FBI Director Comey. pic.twitter.com/r2NvwJyKW8— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 15, 2023
More via Techno Fog,
The FBI and DOJ restricted two investigations into Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 15, 2023
1) The Clinton Foundation investigation
2) Illegal foreign contributions to the Clinton Campaign
"No investigative activities occurred for months"
According to an FBI CHS in early 2016, the Clinton Campaign was "fully aware" of and "ok with" a foreign contribution in violation of federal law.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 15, 2023
The FBI agent didn't get receipts - and asked the source to stay away from the Clinton campaign.
The FBI made "no effort" to investigate "the Clinton campaign's acceptance of an illegal "campaign contribution that was made by the FBI's own long-term CHS."— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 15, 2023
FBI leadership was so concerned about what its agents were finding about the Steele memos that they ordered:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 15, 2023
"no more memos were to be written"
Do not "document any recommendations, context, or analysis"
The FBI paid Steele primary subsource Igor Danchenko a total of $220K.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 15, 2023
The FBI - after it learned Danchenko lied to them, and during the Durham investigation - proposed future payments of $300K.
Payments that would have kept Danchenko under wraps. pic.twitter.com/lydAj8ziPq
Meanwhile, CNN's Jake Tapper said the report is "devastating to the FBI."
CNN'S Jake Tapper says the Durham report — which found the Russian collusion probe should've never been launched — is "devastating to the FBI" pic.twitter.com/HXxSOssuN4— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 15, 2023