On Monday, Special Counsel John Durham unleashed the final version of his analysis to Congress, putting the FBI on blast for its probe into alleging Russian collusion with essentially zero evidence.
While it has been obvious for quite some time that little to no proof of Trump’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin was ever publicly shared, with many speculating that to be the case because it never existed in the first place, the new drop from Durham has resulted in many left-wingers coming out of the woodwork to offer their own reactions.
This was seen in the case of USA Today, where an opinion writer penned a piece straightforwardly titled, “Trump was right: ‘Russian collusion’ was a hoax. Good luck regaining public’s trust.”
In that writeup, the author acknowledged that Durham’s newly released report is a “huge win for Trump” after he blasted the FBI for years of unfair treatment and complained that the former president’s vindication will lead to his supporters backing other controversial claims he has made, including the assertion that the 2020 election was rigged or stolen.
Another leftist figure who believes that the Durham report damages the credibility of those who pushed the Trump-Russian collusion hoax is CNN reporter Jake Tapper, who said on his show Monday that the revelations prove “devastating to the FBI,” adding that “to a degree it does exonerate Donald Trump.”
Tapper’s remarks were not well received by leftist sports commentator Keith Olbermann, who expressed his fervent disagreement that there is any evidence of the Russian-collusion narrative being phony.
Responding to the comments about the FBI’s damaged credibility, Olbermann posted on Twitter, “It isn’t. Not even close. No charges, just partisan ‘conclusions.’ And Tapper of the new non-journalist Chris Licht CNN is propagandizing.”
“Jake Tapper needs to resign.”
CNN's new scandal:@jaketapper says the Durham Report is "devastating to the FBI"
It isn't. Not even close. No charges, just partisan "conclusions." And Tapper of the new non-journalistic Chris Licht CNN is propagandizing
Jake Tapper needs to resign pic.twitter.com/EcJo6qwfA3
— Keith Olbermann↙️ (@KeithOlbermann) May 15, 2023
Olbermann was roasted by many across social media for his reaction, including American journalist Matt Taibbi, who said, “Keith, @JakeTapper is right. And the report isn’t just devastating to the FBI, it’s devastating to media figures who ran bogus stories that were either leaked by the Bureau or laundered through it.”
Seemingly suggesting that Olbermann is one of those sharers of “bogus stories,” Taibbi’s post included numerous screenshots of reports the sports commentator previously produced surrounding Russia and Donald Trump.
Keith, @JakeTapper is right. And the report isn't just devastating to the FBI, it's devastating to media figures who ran bogus stories that were either leaked by the Bureau, or laundered through it. Like, for instance, these: https://t.co/awXlJiXWXE pic.twitter.com/kZAFt0jSiN
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 17, 2023
Durham’s report, which Olbermann insists is not “devastating,” asserted that the Department of Justice and the FBI “failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law” when deciding to investigate former President Trump and his campaign.
It also stressed that the FBI “did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations” from the Stele dossier and that “neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”