Special Counsel John Durham appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss his probe into the FBI’s 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign’s completely debunked “Russian collusion.”
But he was met with a decidedly mixed reaction.
And Matt Gaetz put the smackdown on John Durham for failing to expose blatant corruption.
Gaetz wanted results but what he got was rhetoric
While most Republicans rightly heaped praise on Special Counsel John Durham for debunking the “Russian collusion” hoax, highlighting all of the bias and corruption involved in the FBI’s efforts to target former President Donald Trump, some weren’t nearly so charitable.
Breaking with many in the Republican Party, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) pointed out that the Special Counsel made no progress in finding key figures in the origins of the hoax, including British and Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud.
According to the Congressman, Durham was supposed to investigate the origins of the “Russian collusion” hoax far deeper than simply uncovering that it originated from the Clinton campaign, as he did.
Gaetz slammed Durham for not prosecuting more individuals, who he believed were part of a conspiracy that fueled the FBI’s investigation into allegations the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia.
“Do you see how silly this looks?” Gatez asked Durham. “You’ve found the lawyer, you found the phones, but the actual dude who got ordered by Western intelligence to go start this thing you couldn’t find. It’s kind of laughable. It seems like more than disappointment. It seems like you weren’t really trying to expose the true core of the corruption that you were trying to. You were trying to go at it another way.”
“Yeah, as we said in the report, I said in my opening remarks, we pursued the facts as best we could,” Durham replied.
🔥 MUST WATCH: @RepMattGaetz GRILLS Special Counsel John Durham on His “Investigation” Into FBI Corruption & the Russia Hoax
"When you are part of the COVER-UP, Mr. Durham, then it makes our job harder.” pic.twitter.com/lLinJYQ6Mm
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 21, 2023
But Gaetz wouldn’t let up.
“How about this fact, Mr. Durham?” Gaetz continued. “The entire Mueller team does a hard reset on their Apple phone in synchronization to wipe away evidence. Did you investigate that? Who gave the order on the Mueller team to wipe the phones?”
“Yeah, that was not something that we were asked to look at and we didn’t,” Durham answered.
Gaetz believes Durham is part of the cover up
“That is not true, because I am holding the document that authorizes your activity, and it specifically says the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Gaetz followed up. “It’s literally the scope of what your charging order is. Who put it in motion? We get after it was put in motion, the FBI did a bunch of wrong and corrupt things. Totally understand, we’re trying to deal with that. But when you are part of the cover up, Mr. Durham, then it makes our job harder.”
In his report, Durham confirmed a series of FBI missteps.
“The problems identified in the report are not susceptible to overnight fixes,” Durham said in a rare public appearance. “They cannot be addressed solely by enhancing training or additional policy requirements. Rather, what is required is accountability, both in terms of the standards to which our law enforcement personnel hold themselves and in the consequences they face for violation of laws and policies of relevance.”
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