Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the FBI’s Trump Russia probe concluded Monday with a 306 page report outlining the bureau’s political bias and failure to objectively investigate the false allegations made against then President Donald J. Trump that he colluded with Russia.
In the report, a copy of which was obtained by this reporter, Durham outlined in detail the process of his investigation into the bureau’s 2016 Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump, as well as his associates.
“Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the Department and the FBI, failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” stated the report released Monday. “As notes, former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith committed a criminal offense by fabricating language in an email that was material to the FBI obtaining a FISA surveillance application displayed, at best, a cavalier attitude towards accuracy and completeness.”
Clinesmith pleaded guilty to altering a document related to the FISA warrant, a secret surveillance application, of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the Russia investigation. He was the first official to be charged in a special Justice Department review of the investigation into ties between Russia and Trump.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a single false statement charge. He admitted to doctoring an email that the FBI used to get the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court’s approval to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2017.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan stated on Monday, that he has reached out to “the Justice Department to have Special Counsel John Durham testify next week” on Capital Hill.
We’ve reached out to the Justice Department to have Special Counsel John Durham testify next week.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 15, 2023
Moreover, the report states that the FBI did not sufficiently investigate the debunked dossier compiled by former British Spy Christopher Steele who relied primarily on “a U.S.-based Russian national, Igor Danchenko, to collect information that ultimately formed the core of allegations found in the reports.”
The political bias appears to be more than evident. For example, in the report Durham establishes that “Danchenko was responsible for 80 % of the ‘intel’ and 50 % of the analysis contained in the Steele Dossier.”
I think an even more stunning revelation in the report is that Durham proved how Hillary Clinton’s campaign was directly involved in trying to link President Trump to Russia. This wasn’t a secret to the Obama administration, as according to the report, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, then Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI director James Come were all briefed on Clinton’s campaign.
Could Hillary Clinton be charged?
“The Office also considered as part of its investigation the government’s handling of
certain intelligence that it received during the summer of 2016. That intelligence concerned the
purported “approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign
policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the
Russian security services.»391 We refer to that intelligence hereafter as the ‘Clinton Plan
intelligence.’ DNI John Ratcliffe declassified the following information about the Clinton Plan
intelligence in September 2020 and conveyed it to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence
analysis alleging that U.S Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a
campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by
tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian
intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.
According to his handwritten notes, CA Director Brennan subsequently briefed
President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including
the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her
foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming
interference by Russian security services.”
This story is ongoing and will be updated throughout the day.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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