The long-awaited Durham report revealed layers of corruption and disinformation surrounding the investigation into former President Donald Trump over alleged “Russian collusion.” One of the subjects, former CIA Director John Brennan, comes across quite poorly under the microscope.
Durham believes the official almost certainly knew that the whole idea was a political setup from the beginning. That did not stop him from spouting Democratic talking points for years that smeared the Republican president.
Even after he confessed knowing there was no validity to the charges, Brennan was still visible and repeating the mantra that Russia somehow “stole” a U.S. election.
Special Counsel John Durham’s devastating report recounted that Brennan and Deputy Director David Cohen were asked about their knowledge of “actual evidence” in the collusion charges.
Brennan admitted that “they found no conspiracy.”
🚨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
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As even the mainstream media has been forced to report, Durham’s investigation concluded that the FBI’s grounds for smearing former President Trump over alleged ties to the Kremlin were “seriously flawed.”
Evidence — or in many cases the lack of evidence — was overlooked if it did not fit the narrative that is widely known to have originated from Hillary Clinton’s camp. This, Durham noted, brought “severe reputational harm” to the bureau.
The FBI initiated the investigation dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” into flimsy allegations of Russian collusion. It followed a report that an Australian diplomat claimed a Trump campaign adviser boasted of the Kremlin having damaging information on Clinton.
Durham did not agree with the reasoning behind the all-out investigation.
He determined that the bureau rushed into the probe and deviated from how the agency handled other intelligence situations that could have affected the presidential election.
The report declared early on that neither law enforcement nor intelligence agencies had real evidence supporting the collusion charges.
Durham noted the preponderance of “confirmation bias” that guided agents’ findings. While the flimsiest of evidence was accepted if it supported the claims, other evidence that did not back up collusion was “ignored or simply assessed away.”
The FBI released a statement Monday claiming that “corrective actions” have already been implemented.
It also said that if the recent reforms had been enacted in 2016, the mistaken actions the report detailed would not have happened.