Durham Report: Obama and Biden were informed of Clinton's Plan to 'link Trump to Russia'
Special Counsel John Durham's 300-page report issues in-depth analysis of FBI failings and lays out all the facts behind the Russia collusion scandal
May 17, 2023 8:43am
Updated: May 17, 2023 8:43am
Special counsel John Durham's 300-page report delivers an in-depth analysis of the FBI's failures related to the investigation into the Trump campaign's purported collusion with Russia.
Durham states in his conclusion that the FBI had no hard evidence or verified intelligence to justify opening an investigation into Donald Trump as the Republican Party's candidate for president in 2016.
The report notes that "neither US law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appear to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their power at the outset of the Hurricane Crossfire investigation," Durham wrote in his report to Congress.
Durham stressed that investigators repeatedly relied on "confirmation bias," ignoring or rationalizing evidence, that undermined their premise of a Trump-Russia conspiracy when they pushed the inquiry forward, the report explains, citing information the FBI received about a Clinton Plan and a campaign to accuse Trump of collusion with Russia.
Durham says that by doing this, the FBI ignored its own rules to protect civil liberties.
"A clear warning sign that the FBI could become the target of an attempt to manipulate or influence the law enforcement process for political gain during the 2016 presidential election," the report said,
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has subpoenaed Durham to testify before his panel next week, suggesting decapitalizing the actors who allowed three years of a baseless investigation into the false collusion of the Trump campaign and Russia.
Jim Jordan has invited John Durham to testify before the Judiciary committee on May 25th. pic.twitter.com/g70jBBfT7z— Real Truth Sniper⭐⭐⭐ (@_Truthsniper23) May 16, 2023
Another conclusion of the report states that Joe Biden was informed in the summer of 2016 about a plan by the Clinton campaign to fabricate the Russia scandal against Trump.
Biden was present at an August 3, 2016 briefing during which then-CIA Director John Brennan met with administration officials to discuss Russian efforts to interfere in the election.
Specifically, Dunham explains: "CIA Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials about Hillary Clinton's 'alleged approval on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to smear Donald Trump by creating a scandal alleging interference by Russian security services."
"According to declassified Clinton Plan intelligence, on July 26, 2016, Clinton allegedly approved a proposal by one of her foreign policy advisers to link Trump to Russia as a means of distracting the public from their use of an email server. private," the report says.
But despite this information, Biden also pushed the charge that Trump had conspired with Russia in October 2019, tweeting the following Trump's campaign comment, "Russia if you're listening," a joke referencing the Clinton's missing emails from her private server.
“Russia, if you’re listening…”— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 16, 2019
“I would like you to do us a favor…” to Ukraine’s president
“China should start an investigation.”
Our President has asked three foreign powers to intervene in our elections on his behalf — and those are just the ones we know about! #DemDebate
Biden also tweeted:
Russia undermined our democracy by interfering in the 2016 election. That's a fact. We need a President who will stand up to the Kremlin, push back against Putin, and take immediate steps to ensure the security of our elections.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 25, 2019
Despite the information that Brennan had about the alleged Clinton Plan, he has been a prominent voice in the intelligence community promoting the theory of collusion between Trump and Russia, according to Just the News.
"President Trump's claims that there was no collusion are nonsense," Brennan wrote in a New York Times op-ed in August 2018. In 2017, he testified before the House Intelligence Committee that "I met and I am aware of information and intelligence revealing contacts and interactions between Russian officials and American individuals involved in the Trump campaign."
The report also describes interactions between the FBI's legal attaché in London and intelligence officers from the British intelligence community. The London attaché expressed concern about the "scant" evidence in the case and that he was "openly sceptical".
The U.S. attache warned that the FBI's plans for an operation "didn't make sense." And when shown a recording by a Trump adviser, the attache said they reacted "not positively due to lack of evidence."
Congress must now decide whether the FBI - which violated its own rules and allowed an investigation to persist in the absence of evidence of wrongdoing - should be trusted for several more years with the intelligence tools it abused in fabricating collusion with Russia, including warrantless Section 702 surveillance and FISA warrants due for renewal this year.
"The FBI was essentially hijacked by a handful of top executives who had an agenda, who didn't like Donald Trump, and who used the awesome powers of the FBI to launch an investigation against all policy, against all legal guidelines and restrictions that would prevent the misuse of the FBI," Kevin Brock, a veteran FBI veteran and retired Deputy Director of Intelligence, said Monday night on the television show "Just the News, No Noise."
"Again, the FBI's failure to critically analyze information that ran counter to the narrative of a collusive relationship between Trump and Russia exhibited throughout Crossfire Hurricane is extremely problematic," the report read. "Crossfire Hurricane" was the FBI code name for their investigation.
This report gives congressional Republicans more arguments to move forward with the investigation into the alleged "politicization" of the FBI and the Department of Justice.
According to the New York Times, "Durham finds fault with FBI investigation." But Durham in his report goes further, saying the FBI had "willfully discounted or ignored material information" that countered the collusion narrative between Donald J. Trump and Russia in a final report released Monday.
In his Truth Social account, former President Trump called the actions of certain FBI agents "treason" and a "great fraud" against the American people.
"After extensive investigation, Special Counsel John Durham concludes that the FBI should never have launched the Trump-Russia investigation! In other words, the American public was ripped off, just as they are being ripped off right now by those who they don't want to see GREATNESS for AMERICA!" he wrote.
"The Durham Report explains in great detail the Democratic hoax that was perpetrated against me and the American people. It is fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election, just like 'stuffing' the ballot box, only more so. This totally illegal act had a great impact in the elections." he added later.
In subsequent messages, the former president asked Congress to enact measures to ensure that what happened did not happen again.