Special Counsel John Durham said Wednesday that in 2016, intelligence suggesting Hillary Clinton had approved a plan to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia was not given to agents working on the Crossfire Hurricane case.
In Wednesday’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Durham detailed the findings of his investigation into the handling of intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign. This intelligence suggested that the Clinton campaign was planning to vilify Trump by tying him to Russia, a claim that was uncorroborated but caught the attention of then CIA Director John Brennan.
The intelligence was deemed significant enough by Brennan to warrant briefings with then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and other top national security officials. The matter was also referred to then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, with the subject line: “Crossfire Hurricane.”
However, Durham said that the FBI did not act on this information. According to his testimony, a supervisory special agent of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, identified as Supervisory Special Agent Number One, was not aware of the intelligence. Upon learning about it, the agent reportedly became emotional, left the room with his lawyer, and was described as being “ticked off.”
“He was ticked off because this is something he should have had as an agent on the case,” Jim Jordan responded. “This important information that the director of the FBI kept from the people doing the investigation.”
Durham’s report further suggests that the FBI “failed to act on what should have been — when combined with other incontrovertible facts — a clear warning sign that the FBI might then be the target of an effort to manipulate or influence the law enforcement process for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election.”
Durham stated in his report that the handling of the intelligence “amounted to a significant intelligence failure,” but not a crime. He further argued that whether or not the Clinton plan intelligence was based on reliable or unreliable information, it should have prompted FBI personnel to immediately undertake an analysis of the information and to act with far greater care and caution when receiving, analyzing, and relying upon materials of partisan origins.
During the House hearing, Durham defended his investigation, saying, “At no time and in no sense did we act with a purpose to further partisan or political ends.” He stated that any suggestions to the contrary were “simply untrue and offensive,” and that his findings are “serious” and “deserve attention from the American public and its representatives.”
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Democrat Donor Arrested for Starting Massive Fire Democrats Blamed on Climate Change
Several firefighters injured in ‘ginormous’ blaze; suspect also donated to the Lincoln Project
What happened: Authorities busted a Democratic donor for allegedly starting a “ginormous inferno” in Yosemite National Park. Democratic politicians had insisted climate change was to blame for the blaze, which destroyed more than 100 homes and injured several firefighters in July 2022.
• Edward Fredrick Wackerman (his actual name) of Mariposa, Calif., faces a number of charges including aggravated arson following his arrest on Friday.
By the numbers: The arson suspect has donated $1,775 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2020, government records show, including a $1,000 donation to Tim Ryan’s failed U.S. Senate campaign in 2022 and $400 to the Lincoln Project, a disgraced liberal super PAC.
• The so-called Oak Fire destroyed 127 homes and 66 outbuildings. Roughly 6,000 people were forced to evacuate as the inferno torched 30 square miles of land and smoke from the fire drifted more than 200 miles into parts of Nevada and the San Francisco Bay Area.
What they’re saying: “Ed Wackerman is facing several felony charges, including aggravated arson. These charges carry serious legal consequences and the District Attorney is committed to ensuring a fair trial and upholding justice,” Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall said in a statement. Authorities did not say how Wackerman is believed to have started the fire.
What they said: “Thank you to all the firefighters and first responders working tirelessly under difficult conditions to combat the #OakFire,” Sen. Alex Padilla (D., Calif.) wrote on Twitter on July 25, 2022. “Worsening drought and severe weather will only continue to put lives and property at risk from wildfire if we don’t take climate action NOW.”
• “More people will be killed and the survival of our civilization is at stake,” former Vice President Al Gore said on July 24, 2022, citing climate change as the reason “droughts and fires are hitting us so hard.”