by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The long-delayed, much-awaited Durham report has finally dropped. And what it shows is nothing short of shocking: A conspiracy at the highest levels of our government to fix an election in favor of one candidate over another. This is not something that deserves merely a handslap or the usual Inside-The-Beltway tut-tutting. It’s a criminal act for which people should go to prison.
Just for the record, this is far worse than Watergate. And that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency, even though he neither planned nor approved of the break-ins against the Democratic Party offices in the famed Watergate Hotel. What will the perpetrators of this crime get?
The FBI launched its now-infamous “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of alleged Russian “influence” on the Trump campaign in July 2016. The premise for the investigation was a “dossier” of information from former British spy Christopher Steele that implicated Donald Trump and several of his supporters as being improperly influenced by Russia’s government.
The only problem: The dossier was found to be false, “misinformation” of the worst kind, but nonetheless reported as the “truth” by nearly all mainstream media outlets.
Worse still, in July 2016, as the FBI got underway with its investigation, it received a Russian intelligence analysis alleging that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was plotting to distract attention from her own very real law-breaking, “her use of a private email server,” a serious. even dangerous, breach of security and a clear violation of the law.
The so-called “Clinton Plan” was hatched by the Hillary campaign “to stir up a scandal” against Trump “by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee,” the Durham report said.