by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
At the end of a four-year investigation, special counsel John Durham determined the FBI should never have opened Crossfire Hurricane, its spurious counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He concluded that the investigation, opened on July 31, 2016, was begun for purely political reasons.
The Durham report states that on Aug. 3, 2016, then-President Barack Obama and his national security team were briefed by then-CIA Director John Brennan on the Hillary Clinton campaign’s plan to use a bogus dossier to deflect from the growing scandal around her use of a private server as secretary of state. …
… In a just world, this information should have ended the FBI’s investigation. Yet rather than sharing this intelligence with the agents working on the case, Comey and Strzok kept this information to themselves and allowed the charade to continue. And unbelievably, following Trump’s decision to fire Comey, then-acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein escalated the inquiry to a special counsel investigation that overshadowed the first two years of his presidency.
Durham’s May 12 report concluded what most of us knew all along: There was no legal basis for the investigation or the Mueller inquiry that followed. According to Durham, the Department of Justice and the FBI had “failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law.”
Yet no one was held responsible for the hoax that had preoccupied the nation for nearly three years. Why weren’t Clinton, Obama, Comey, Strzok, and all the others who were “in on it” held to account for what was a serious abuse of power? They weren’t even questioned by investigators.
Durham had the authority to subpoena these people. Why didn’t he use it? The report doesn’t say.