Former President Donald Trump criticized the American intelligence community for launching a probe into suspected but ultimately debunked, accusations that his 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government. The former president’s words came after special counsel John Durham released his long-anticipated report.
According to Durham, the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) handled accusations that the Trump 2016 campaign worked with the Russian government differently than accusations against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The special counsel compiled a report regarding the FBI’s look into the Trump campaign, named “Crossfire Hurricane.”
According to Durham, the two law enforcement agencies “failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law.”
The former president took to social media to discuss the finding of the findings of the independent counsel.
Trump wrote that Durham’s findings confirmed his opinion that “the FBI never should have launched the Trump-Russia Probe!”
The former president argued that the “American Public was scammed.” He called the investigation a “totally illegal act” and wrote that with “an honest Media, we are looking at the Crime of the Century!”
The report stated that the FBI informed the Clinton campaign of potential issues, but ignored evidence that the Russia collusion narrative was meant to “divert attention” from Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Durham wrote that the “speed and manner in which the FBI opened and investigated” Trump “based on raw, unanalyzed and uncorroborated intelligence” was far different than how it investigated Clinton.
Durham wrote that in that case, the FBI acted with “considerable caution.” The special counsel also asserted that the DOJ and FBI “placed restrictions” on a potential investigation into the Clinton Foundation so that “essentially no investigative activities occurred for months leading up to the election.”
In addition, Durham stated that there was a “purported Clinton campaign plan” that was so serious that CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the matter “about its content within days of its receipt.”
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
The FBI also responded to the report, stating that the issues Durham investigated “was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have been in place for some time.”
The law enforcement agency said that had unspecified reforms been in place in 2016, “the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented.”