A Republican lawmaker suggested on Friday that the Republican-led House launch new investigations into failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after special counsel John Durham’s report implicated her campaign in the fabrication of ‘Russian collusion’ allegations against her opponent Donald Trump.
In an interview with Fox News, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) responded to co-anchor Sandra Smith’s observation that a large portion of the mainstream media defended the FBI despite Durham’s report highlighting the fact that the bureau launched an investigation into Trump’s campaign over the collusion allegations despite having no evidence to support them.
“The media was in on this from the beginning, in my view. They’re the ones who were willing to launder out Hillary Clinton’s phony, made-up information about Donald Trump,” he said, adding it was “the same information that she used with her friends at the upper echelon of the FBI to start the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation.”
“So her media friends are not gonna come out now and say, ‘Oh yeah, you know what? We were wrong, and this is damning,’” Donalds continued. “They’re just gonna laugh it off, cover it for one or two days, and then ignore it. This is really dangerous for our country.”
According to Donalds, the Durham report “clearly demonstrates that FBI agents in three different offices had grave concerns about the Clinton Foundation” — which was established by former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton after they left office.
Prior to the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department and elements of the FBI had launched at least four investigations into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton, who was accused of violating laws governing the handling of classified materials after it was discovered that she maintained a private email server in her New York home while serving as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. She was also being investigated for allegedly destroying classified documents and emails that were subpoenaed by Congress.
“One of the most damning things in this report that isn’t discussed is that [then-CIA Director] John Brennan briefed Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden” in July 2016 “about what the Clinton campaign was doing,” Donalds said, adding that Congress has “no idea” what Obama’s reaction was to the briefing or the fact that then-FBI Director James Comey was overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign.
Obama “could have put a stop to everything right then and there, but obviously he did not,” continued the Florida lawmaker.
Co-anchor John Roberts then returned to the four investigations into the Clintons mentioned in Durham’s report, noting that they were simply closed in the months leading up to the November 2016 election and adding that some Republicans, including Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, would like to see them reopened.
“If the DOJ and the FBI refuse to do it, should there be congressional investigations?” Roberts asked.
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“I totally agree. We should definitely be looking into this,” Donalds responded, going on to note that Durham’s report mentioned how abruptly the investigations were shut down as well as “back-channel” emails and communications between FBI personnel who believed Hillary was going to win the presidency and would retaliate against them if they continued their investigations. CONTINUE READING…