John Durham Gives Blistering Opening Statement at Hearing, Jerry Nadler Gets Rebuffed for Incoherent Statements

John Durham is currently appearing on Capitol Hill to testify about his damning report covering the political weaponization of the DOJ and FBI.

As RedState reported, Durham’s report laid out egregious abuses of power during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which sought to uncover supposed collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Very early on, it was apparent there was no evidentiary basis for the investigation, yet the FBI moved forward anyway, escalating matters for years. That eventually culminated in a special counsel, which itself then lasted for years before also reaching a dead end.


(Related: FBI Releases Shameless Response to Durham Report)

Durham gave an opening statement at the hearing, explaining what his team’s goal was and what they uncovered.

DURHAM: Our findings were sobering. I tell you, after having spent 40 years-plus as a federal prosecutor, they were particularly sobering for me and a number of my colleagues who have spent decades in the FBI themselves, they were sobering.

While I’m encouraged by some of the reforms that have been implemented by the FBI, the problems identified in this report, anybody who actually reads this report, the details of the report, the documented portions of the report, I think will find the problems identified in the report are not susceptible to overnight fixes.

As we said in the report, it can not be addressed solely by enhancing training or additional policy requirements. Rather, what is required is accountability, both in terms of the standards by which our law enforcement personnel hold themselves and in the consequences they face for violations of laws and policies of relevance.


Despite the thorough findings of Durham’s report, which are based on direct interviews with FBI personnel and a deep dive into what evidence did and didn’t exist at the time of Crossfire Hurricane, Rep. Jerry Nadler responded by suggesting the FBI didn’t go far enough in pursuing Trump and others.

NADLER: The report itself outlines some fairly glaring investigative missteps. The FBI apparently never even looked at a thumb drive with key evidence related to allegations of contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government via a Russian cellphone, nor says the report did the FBI ever examine questionable computer contact between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, one of the largest banks in Russia. The report also fails to recommend a single remedial measure that the Justice Department or the FBI might take to address certain process-related concerns.


To summarize, Nadler’s response to Durham’s opening statement was to repeat a long-debunked conspiracy theory about Trump Tower servers communicating with Alfa Bank. Further, the congressman is not telling the truth when he says the FBI never investigated the Alfa Bank allegation. They did and concluded that the explanation was likely innocuous (they can’t prove a negative) and due to marketing emails being sent from an outside domain not even located in Trump Tower.

Nadler also seemed to be confused as to why Durham was even there. He asserted that the special counsel’s appearance was due to Donald Trump being indicted by the DOJ. In reality, Durham’s report has been years in the making and his appearance before Congress was scheduled weeks prior to any news of an indictment.

At another point, Nadler was directly rebuffed by Durham for spreading falsehoods.


You can expect that kind of misdirection to continue throughout the day as Durham continues to testify. Democrats are once again punting an opportunity to hold the federal government accountable. That should surprise no one at this point.


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