Durham to Publicly Testify to Congress on Report Revealing FBI Missteps

Special Counsel John Durham held two public hearings in June after he released a shocking report earlier this month revealing that the FBI had erroneously launched an investigation into alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia. I plan to appear in court for the meeting.

Durham will testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee at 9 a.m. on June 21, according to a spokesperson for the committee, and will also appear behind closed doors on the day before the House Intelligence Standing Select Committee. It says.

Durham will discuss a recently released report revealing how the FBI did not adhere to certain standards during the high-profile Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

The investigation, which was heavily promoted by Democratic lawmakers such as Hillary Clinton and Rep. Adam Schiff (California), showed that the Trump campaign was working with Russian political operatives during the 2016 presidential election. It was based on a suspicion that has now been proven false.

A nearly two-year investigation into the matter by former special counsel Robert Mueller has found no evidence of such collusion, even though Democrats have continued to claim there is “visible” evidence. rice field.

A December 2019 report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, citing the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) procedures. and revealed how he was improperly spying on Trump campaign executive Carter Page.

Durham’s report expands on Horowitz’s findings, revealing new testimony and evidence of further failures of Crossfire Hurricane.

Many Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who will face public questioning of Durham about the report, said the FBI’s initial investigation was politically motivated. It has long claimed that it was based on and started without a proper premise.

Durham is unlikely to appear in the Democratic-majority Senate for a hearing, but Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have also weighed in on the issue. I am pursuing my own question. The two recently wrote to Durham asking why some former FBI agents did not cooperate with his investigation.

House Republicans are expected to raise the issue at hearings and elsewhere, including why Durham chose not to indict key former FBI agents like James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok. be done.

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