Jake Tapper of CNN analyzed several key aspects of the explosive report released by John Durham on Monday, in which the special counsel accused the FBI and Justice Department of fabricating a false “collusion” narrative between then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russia prior to the 2016 election.
“Durham finally released his report, finding that the FBI in his view should have never launched a full investigation into possible connections between Donald Trump, his campaign, his advisers and allies, and Russia during the 2016 election,” Tapper began his segment before bringing in CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Perez.
“And, Evan, this report, it’s more than 300 pages long. He spent about four years on it. What else did he have to find?” Tapper asked, according to Mediaite.
“Well, Jake, the bottom line that John Durham finds is that, you know, there was reason for the FBI to at least do some preliminary investigation, some lower-level types of investigations. But he repeatedly says that he doesn’t believe that the FBI took into account a lot of information that was, that they had in their possession,” Perez said.
“That was exculpatory?” Tapper asked.
“That would have been exculpatory, that would have explained some of their suspicions that they have had about Donald Trump, about some of the people surrounding his campaign,” Perez responded.
Perez continued by saying:
Of course, we are aware that there were numerous suspicions, in part because the former president hired Paul Manafort as his campaign chairman, who was profoundly indebted to a Russian oligarch and very close to the Kremlin. This is merely one of the numerous data points that the FBI investigated as part of this investigation.
And the bottom line, he says, is that neither U.S. law enforcement nor the intelligence community possessed any actual evidence of collusion at the outset of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, according to the evidence gathered in the multiple, exhaustive, and costly federal investigations of these matters, including the current investigation. He is stating that he devoted four years examining this. He investigated a variety of topics. The FBI made numerous errors.
Perez then read a statement from the current FBI director, Chris Wray, in which he claimed to have instituted several reforms since the Trump-Russia collusion hoax investigation.
“A lot of people who follow law enforcement might not be surprised that, in general, sometimes there is an overzealousness and an effort to,” Tapper responded, as Perez cut to say, “Confirmation bias is what Durham calls it.”
“Yeah, confirmation bias,” agreed Tapper.
CNN’s Jake Tapper on Durham report:
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“Not political bias,” Perez claimed.
“It doesn’t only happen with presidential candidates and presidents, though. It happens with, you know,” Tapper said as Perez added, “To the little guy.”
“To the little guys on the street. And they don’t get four-year multimillion-dollar investigations to exonerate them,” Tapper continued.
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“But, you know, it’s good to have accountability,” he said, though Durham did not recommend anyone be prosecuted for launching what he clearly defined as a bogus investigation into, at the time, a top presidential contender that continued after he was president, despite there being no evidence to justify it. CONTINUE READING…