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Durham Report: FBI Wrongly Targeted Trump

The long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s special counsel, John Durham, has sparked controversy and reignited interest in the ‘Russiagate’ investigation. The report concludes that the FBI relied on biased information from politically-affiliated sources to obtain a warrant to spy on the former president’s campaign.

Durham’s investigation found that the FBI’s handling of the Steele Dossier, a compilation of bogus rumors about Trump and his alleged links to Russia concocted by a former British intelligence agent on the payroll of the Hillary Clinton campaign, was flawed and lacked analytical rigor. The FBI used the dossier as the basis for obtaining court permission to surveil Trump’s campaign, despite it being later proven to be unreliable and unverified. Durham’s report reveals that the agency did not properly scrutinize or question the materials provided by Trump’s political opponents, despite being aware of contradictory intelligence.

The report also highlights “basic, fundamental, and serious errors” in the FBI’s application for a warrant to surveil Trump, which had previously been condemned by the Justice Department Inspector General. Durham concludes that the FBI failed to uphold its mission of strict fidelity to the law in its handling of the investigation and related intelligence activities.

While the report raises important questions about the FBI’s handling of politically sensitive investigations and the need for rigorous analysis of sources and information, it is important to note that Durham did not find evidence of wrongdoing by senior FBI or Justice Department officials. Criminal cases brought as a result of Durham’s investigation were against individuals associated with the Steele Dossier, rather than the FBI or Justice Department itself.

The release of Durham’s report has provoked reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. CNN anchor Jack Tapper described it as “devastating to the FBI” and, to a degree, exonerating to Donald Trump.

However, others may argue that the report’s failure to recommend wholesale changes to how the FBI handles politically sensitive investigations is a missed opportunity for reform.

Overall, while the report highlights flaws in the FBI’s handling of the Trump investigation, it is important to carefully consider and analyze its findings to inform future practices and policies. Critical scrutiny of the FBI’s actions, in this case, is essential to ensuring the integrity of politically-sensitive investigations in the future.

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