Former President Donald Trump has called for accountability and consequences for former FBI Director James Comey and Democrats following the release of Special Counsel John Durham’s report. The report states that the Trump-Russia probe should never have been initiated and criticizes the Department of Justice and FBI for failing to adhere to the law.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Trump described the activities surrounding the original investigation as a “total disgrace” and emphasized the level of public anger over the report’s findings. He commended Durham’s thoroughness as an investigator and characterized the report as an unequivocal and disastrous failure of justice. Trump also highlighted the grave national security implications of the investigation and referred to it as a dangerous hoax.
Durham’s report, spanning over 300 pages, was released on Monday after his years-long investigation into the origins of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. This probe aimed to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The report concludes that the Department of Justice and FBI did not uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities related to the investigation. It also criticizes senior FBI personnel for a lack of analytical rigor and heavy reliance on information provided by politically-affiliated individuals and entities, which contributed to the need for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe face scrutiny in the report for their leadership roles. The report highlights a failure to adequately examine or question materials and the motivations of those providing them, despite the existence of significant and potentially contradictory intelligence at the time.
However, the report does not recommend wholesale changes to current guidelines and policies regarding counterintelligence activities within the Department of Justice and FBI.
Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with the report, describing it as a disgrace for the Justice Department, and hinted at providing further comments in the near future. He believes that there should be a heavy price to pay for the ordeal the country has been through and called for accountability for those involved in initiating and conducting the Trump-Russia probe.