Special counsel John Durham is set to testify on Capitol Hill next month after releasing his report excoriating the FBI over its handling of investigations into the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
Durham was tasked with investigating Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, and other related activities, in May of 2019. Former Attorney General Bill Barr gave Durham special counsel status in December of 2020 to protect the investigation as the White House changed hands from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.
Durham ended his roughly four-year investigation last week after the Department of Justice released a 306-page report containing Durham’s findings. The report painted a damning picture of an FBI that disregarded its mission and central principles in order to pursue a partisan investigation into Trump.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) immediately sought to have Durham testify about his investigation. Committee spokesman Russel Dye said Friday that the hearing would take place on June 21, according to the New York Post.
Durham found that the FBI opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump’s campaign “based on raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” and took allegations about Trump far more seriously than allegations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“[T]he answer is not the creation of new rules but a renewed fidelity to the old,” Durham wrote. “The promulgation of additional rules and regulations to be learned in yet more training sessions would likely prove to be a fruitless exercise if the FBI’s guiding principles of ‘Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity’ are not engrained in the hearts and minds of those sworn to meet the FBI’ s mission of ‘Protect[ing] the American People and Uphold[ing] the Constitution of the United States.’”
Despite Durham’s harsh review of the FBI’s handling of its Trump investigation and other intelligence work, he did not recommend bringing any more charges over the matter.
Jordan said Sunday that his committee would look through the report and pick up on leads that could lead to a fuller picture of the inner workings of the FBI.
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“Are there people that were highlighted in the Durham investigation and the Durham report that we need to talk to on the Judiciary Committee? We’re going to give that a good, hard look,” Jordan said on Fox News.
“Nothing is off the table,” he added, “because it is critical the American people understand how their government — their agencies — have been turned on them, the taxpayer, and we get all the facts out there.”