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 May 15, 2023

CNN's Jake Tapper admits Durham report 'exonerates' Donald Trump

Special counsel John Durham dropped a bombshell of a report this week, which received surprise attention from some corners of the media world. 

According to the Daily Caller, CNN's Jake Tapper reacted to Durham's findings, in that the special counselor deemed that the FBI used “uncorroborated intelligence" in its pre-2016 investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump.

Tapper called the report "devastating" to the FBI, and added that he believes the report "exonerates" President Trump. The following discussion at CNN was even more of a surprise.

"The report is now here, it has dropped. And it might have not produced everything of what some Republicans hoped for, it is, regardless, devastating to the FBI, and to a degree, it does exonerate Donald Trump," Tapper said.

"FBI moved very quickly to investigate these allegations of connections of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that they did so by ignoring a lot of evidence that would have led them to drop that altogether," CNN's Evan Perez noted.

Throwing more salt on the wound for the already struggling FBI was that Durham's report said "neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement."

It added: "Our investigation determined that the Crossfire Hurricane investigators did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations contained in the Steele reporting."

Trump, his allies and his supporters have argued for years that the original investigation into his alleged ties with Russia was nothing more than a giant political witch hunt, and a total hoax of an investigation.

While Durham's report was undoubtedly a huge PR win for the former president, many of his supporters were hopeful that Durham would have found more against some of the bigger players, to include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and members of his administration.

"So the Durham Report revealed the Clinton campaign, Obama, Biden, the CIA, and the FBI all colluded to make sure Donald Trump was labeled a shill for the Russians. This is WAY worse than Watergate and NO ONE paid a price?!" Glenn Beck tweeted.

"Yep, that’s about it. But of course nothing will be done about it," one Twitter user added.

Only time will tell if any additional evidence comes forth that would reopen the investigation. But for now, it looks like it's case closed.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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