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 June 20, 2023

John Durham testifies in private House Intelligence Committee hearing

In the wake of former Special Counsel John Durham's scathing report regarding the FBI's hoax investigation into alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, he provided testimony on Tuesday to U.S. lawmakers.

According to CBS News, Durham completed his first private testimony behind closed doors in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

Durham reportedly recommended certain Department of Justice reforms, according to House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner.

"It was very clear that Mr. Durham believes that there was misconduct," Turner told reporters Tuesday.

Turner added: "He gave us the impression that some of the misconduct is individualized — there were bad people doing bad things. But then some of it is systemic. And some of it is where we need changes so that there's higher reviews, higher requirements for this to ever happen again."

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Jim Himes shared similar concerns.

"How can we make sure that the behavior of the investigating authorities, in this case the FBI, is beyond reproach?" he said.

Himes added: "We have had both in the Clinton investigation — the emails — and, of course, the Crossfire Hurricane investigations in very recent past, very, very sensitive investigations."

Durham released his long-anticipated final report in May. In it, he provided a blistering assessment of everything that seemed to be wrong regarding the origins of the original investigation into former President Donald Trump.

"Neither U.S. law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation," the report read.

It was emphasized by Turner that investigations involving presidential campaigns have "a higher degree of standard of concern because it can affect political and electoral outcomes."

CBS News added:

Moving forward, Durham recommended in his report a career official be assigned to challenge the FBI's politically sensitive surveillance applications. Turner and Himes did not go into detail about any recommendations Durham made during Tuesday's closed-door hearing.

Only time will tell if Durham's recommendations are even considered, let alone implemented. Don't count on it under the current administration.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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