Special Counsel John Durham’s appearance before a House committee on Tuesday could yield additional information regarding a report that was exceedingly skeptical of the FBI’s decision to launch a counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.
Durham, who was selected by former US Attorney General William Barr to investigate the investigation’s origins under the Trump administration, will testify before both the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee; the Intelligence Committee, however, will meet in private.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the House subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government, spoke with Fox News in May to discuss the Durham report leaks and affirm that the special counsel would appear before his committee.
“I do think he will come. You sort of owe it to the country after doing this good work. This long, long report that he put together with these harsh and troubling findings. I do think he will come in front of Congress. I think he owes that to the country and let’s hope he does,” Jordan declared, noting that FISA is due for renewed status.
“I hope he comes because we have a lot of important questions for him,” he continued, also stating that there was “no reason whatsoever” for opening the investigation into the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
In May of 2019, Durham was selected to investigate “Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s 2016 fraudulent investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, and related issues.
Barr appointed Durham as special counsel in December 2020 in order to safeguard the investigation during the transition of power from Trump to Biden.
This month, Durham concluded his roughly four-year investigation, and the Department of Justice released his 306-page report. As depicted in the report, in order to pursue a biased investigation of Trump, the FBI deviated from its core mission and guiding principles.
As reported by The New York Post:
The investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to win the 2016 election was deemed “seriously flawed” by Durham’s final report, which was made public on May 15. In addition, the report stated that “the FBI discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship.”
When the special counsel appears at the Capitol, he will undoubtedly encounter criticism from both parties.
Durham’s final report, which was released on May 15, stated that the bureau’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to win the 2016 presidential election was “seriously flawed” and that “the FBI discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship.”
When he appears at the Capitol, the special counsel is likely to face criticism from both factions.
Republican members of Congress expressed indignation and confusion over the refusal of several important figures in the investigation to speak with Durham, including former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok.
They were also concerned about Durham’s failure to use the law to compel them to give depositions.
The report by Durham, which did not recommend any new criminal charges, was viewed by Democrats as evidence that the FBI’s actions were not as grave as Trump and his allies had claimed, continued The Post.
Durham criticized the FBI’s decision to investigate Trump, a prominent presidential candidate at the time, despite having no legitimate reason to do so.
“An objective and honest assessment of these strands of information should have caused the FBI to question not only the predication for [the investigation] but also to reflect on whether the FBI was being manipulated for political or other purposes. Unfortunately, it did not,” Durham’s report declared.
The Justice Department appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the investigation early in Donald Trump’s presidency. However, after two years and numerous reports indicating that Trump would likely be indicted, Mueller terminated his investigation.
Durham stated in his report that the FBI initiated the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump’s campaign “based on raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” and that the FBI took the allegations against Trump much more seriously than the corruption and improper management of classified information allegations against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The solution, according to Durham, “Is not the creation of new rules but a renewed fidelity to the old. The promulgation of additional rules and regulations to be learned in yet more training sessions would likely prove to be a fruitless exercise if the FBI’s guiding principles of ‘Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity’ are not engrained in the hearts and minds of those sworn to meet the FBI’ s mission of ‘Protect[ing] the American People and Uphold[ing] the Constitution of the United States.’”
The CIA was informed on July 26, 2016 that Clinton had agreed to “stir up a scandal against… Trump by linking him to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
The Post reports that Durham criticized the FBI for adopting this approach.