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UNCOVERING LIES & BIAS INSIDE THE FBI
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BOMBSHELL DURHAM REPORT?
The following are excerpts taken from the report delivered by the office of Special Council John Durham - REPORT ON MATTERS RELATED TO INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES AND INVESTIGATIONS ARISING OUT OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS.
There are many lessons to be learned but the first and primary takeaway is the FBI ignored evidence in a targeted attempt to take down Trump, their political rival.
NO CORROBORATION - THE STEELE DOSSIER, PAID FOR BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN, WAS FABRICATED
Our investigation determined that the Crossfire Hurricane investigators did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations contained in the Steele reporting. Nor was Steele able to produce corroboration for any of the reported allegations, even after being offered $1 million or more by the FBI for such corroboration.
Further, when interviewed by the FBI in January 2017, Danchenko also was unable to corroborate any of the substantive allegations in the Reports. Rather, Danchenko characterized the information he provided to Steele as "rumor and speculation" and the product of casual conversation
ALPHA BANK - TRUMP CONNECTION = FALSE
evidence collected by the Office also demonstrated that, prior to providing the unfounded Alfa bank claims to the FBI, Sussmann and Fusion GPS (the Clinton campaign's opposition research firm) had provided the same information to various news organizations and were pressing reporters to write articles about the alleged secret communications channel. (PAGE 17)
Our investigation also revealed that senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor towards the information that they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities
BIAS AGAINST TRUMP
The record reviewed by the Office demonstrated a rather clear predisposition on the part of at least certain FBI personnel at the center of Crossfire Hurricane (PAGE 47)
August 16, 2015:
Strzok: [Bernie Sanders is] an idiot like Trump.
December 20, 2015 (After exchanging an article about Trump):
Page: What an utter idiot.
Strzok: No doubt.
March 3. 2016: Page: God [T]rump is a loathsome human.
Strzok: Yet he may win [the Republican nomination]. Good for Hillary.
Page: It is.
Strzok: Would he be a worse president than [C]ruz?
Page: Trump? Yes, I think so.
Strzok: I'm not sure. 0mg [Trump's] an idiot.
Page: He's awful. Strzok: America will get what the voting public deserves.Page: That's what I'm afraid of.
July 18, 2016 (During the Republican National Convention):
Strzok: Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DOUCHE BAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT. You can tell by the excitable clapping. And wow, Donald Trump is an enormous d*uche.
FBI OGC attorney Kevin Clinesmith made troubling statements demonstrating a blatant political bias against Trump. Clinesmith, who played a central role in the Page FISA process, on the day after Trump's election as President, stated to fellow FBI personnel, among other things, "viva le resistance,"201 an obvious reference to those individuals opposed to Trump. (Page 50)
LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE BY FBI WHEN INVESTIGATING
The FBI Intelligence Analyst who had perhaps the most in-depth knowledge of particularly sensitive Russian intelligence information in FBI holdings during the relevant time period disclosed that she never saw anything regarding any Trump election campaign conspiracy with the Russians, nor did she see anything in FBI holdings regarding Carter Page, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, or Paul Manafort engaging in any type of conspiracy with the Russians regarding the election.
Similarly, DNI James Clapper testified before Congress on the subject of Trump and Russia and he answered "no" when asked if he was aware of any such evidence. The former DNI reconfirmed this fact when he was interviewed by the Office and advised that he knew of no direct evidence that would meet the legal standard of conspiracy or collusion on Trump's part.
Admiral Mike Rogers served as the Director ofNSA during the relevant time period. When asked about any awareness he had of any evidence of collusion as asserted in the Steele Reports, he stated that he did not recall any intelligence that supported the collusion assertions in that reporting, nor did he have any discussions during the Summer of 2016 with his counterparts in the intelligence community about collusion between the Russians and any Republicans.
CIA Director John Brennan and Deputy Director David Cohen were interviewed by the Office and were asked about their knowledge of any actual evidence of members of the Trump campaign conspiring or colluding with Russian officials. When Brennan was provided with an overview of the origins of the Attorney General's Review after Special Counsel Mueller finding a lack of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities, Brennan offered that "they found no conspiracy."(PAGE 62)
CONCLUSIONS - INTELLIGENCE FAILURES AT EVERY LEVEL
There was a complete lack of information from the Intelligence Community that corroborated the hypothesis upon which the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was predicated.
The FBI generally ignored the significant exculpatory information provided by Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Trump Senior Foreign Policy Adviser-1 during recorded conversations with FBI CHSs.
The FBI ignored the fact that at no time before, during or after Crossfire Hurricane were investigators able to corroborate a single substantive allegation in the Steele dossier reporting.(PAGE 304)