After the long-awaited release of Special Counsel John Durham’s report this week, House Republicans are demanding action, as federal intelligence and agencies have been “weaponized” against political adversaries such as former President Donald Trump.
Next week, Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has invited Durham to address the panel’s select subcommittee on government weaponization. In addition to arguing that the report proves that Trump was politically targeted, the Ohio Republican is also demanding accountability.
“Where’s the accountability for this? Who’s going to be held accountable? These are the questions we’re going to continue to ask,” Jordan said.
Numerous other Republicans have made identical statements.
“The long-awaited Durham Report confirmed what the American people already know; that individuals at the highest levels of government attempted to overthrow democracy when they illegally weaponized the federal government against Donald J. Trump,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik said, The Hill reported.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated, “They put the entire country through this, impeachment, and everything else, when we knew from the start that the FBI never should have done this.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner said: “The report confirms that FBI personnel repeatedly disregarded critical protections established to protect the American people from unlawful surveillance. Such actions should never have occurred, and it is essential that Congress codifies clear guardrails that prevent future FBI abuses and restores the public’s trust in our law enforcement institutions.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, stated that there “must be consequences” based on the report’s findings.
“This report demonstrates how unelected, subversive actors within the highest levels of our government sought to destroy a duly-elected president they hated. They weaponized a lie – knowing the media would breathlessly regurgitate that lie – in order to take Donald Trump out of the White House,” Crenshaw said.
Durham determined that the FBI initiated its investigation into Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election using “uncorroborated intelligence” and that agents repeatedly failed to maintain “strict fidelity to the law” throughout the investigation.
The Daily Caller highlighted key findings from the Hillary Clinton report:
The FBI received intelligence that Hillary Clinton’s campaign approved “a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services,” specifically by “tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee” to distract the public from her email scandals. The report indicates that CIA Director John Brennan personally briefed President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and FBI Director James Comey on Clinton’s scheme, referred to as the “Clinton Plan” in the report. Brennan recorded mentioning the plan in his handwritten notes.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The “Clinton Plan” was obtained by the FBI while it was relying on the “Steele Dossier,” a discredited report of lurid allegations of Trump’s personal sexual activity, which the FBI knew was being funded and promoted by the Clinton campaign, according to the report. Durham quotes information from a meeting between the Dossier’s author, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, and FBI agents, as well as texts between FBI officials, to demonstrate that the agents knew the evidence was connected to Clinton. CONTINUE READING…