Following the publication of Special Counsel John Durham’s final report on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, Republicans are speaking out.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, stated that the alleged targeting of former President Donald Trump provides many Americans reason to question future elections and government agencies, and he stated that those responsible must be punished.
“I mean, that’s all this was. They just did not like the fact that a political outsider had a legitimate shot at becoming president of the United States. One of the other things, too, from the report that stands out is that they continued this after President Trump was elected. What’s your response?” Newsmax host John Bachman asked Tuberville, Mediaite reported.
“Well, they don’t like, the swamp does not like any outsider whatsoever. And, you know, it’s just a shame people don’t go to jail for this. There’s a whole list of people that lied about this or some Congress people that lied about this,” Tuberville replied.
“And, oh, we’ve got Russia collusion information, which is the biggest problem I can’t go to. I can’t even talk about it. You know, it’s so bad. But if people don’t go to jail for this, American people should just stand up and say, ‘Listen, enough’s enough,’” he added.
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.
As soon as the report was made available to the public, the FBI acknowledged that several mistakes were made in 2016. The bureau also acknowledged that Durham’s findings are accurate.
“This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect,” it added.
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.
According to the report, the FBI obtained the “Clinton Plan” while relying on the “Steele Dossier,” a discredited dossier containing salacious allegations about Trump’s personal sexual activity, which the FBI knew was funded and promoted by the Clinton campaign. Durham cites a meeting between the Dossier’s author, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, and FBI agents, as well as messages between FBI officials, to demonstrate that the agents were aware of the evidence’s connection to Clinton.
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Durham’s report also found that the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice wasted little time to investigate Trump and that there was a “notable departure” from the way it resisted efforts to investigate claims against Clinton’s campaign. CONTINUE READING…