John Durham, who was appointed special prosecutor in 2019 during the Trump era, to investigate the origins of the investigation into the allegations that the Russian government influenced the 2016 US presidential election in Trump’s favor, completed his investigation after nearly 4 years.
In his final report, which spans more than 300 pages, made public today, Prosecutor Durham stated that at the outset of the investigation, the administration did not have any real evidence.
Durham concluded that the US Department of Justice and the FBI “failed to fulfill their important duty of strict adherence to the law.”
Criticizing the way the Justice Department and the FBI have handled the issue, Durham said the agencies did not adhere to the principles of impartiality and honesty, and that officials were “overly willing to rely on information from political opponents”.
In this context, Durham emphasized the importance of institutions making a correct examination before similar investigations.
“Wow! After extensive research, Durham concluded that the FBI should never have started the Trump-Ruysa investigation. In other words, just like those who don’t want to see America’s greatness right now,” Trump wrote on his social media site, TruthSocial. Just as it was deceived by the American public,” he said.
Jim Jordan, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee, said that Durham was in talks with the Justice Department to testify in Congress next week.
In 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed as the special prosecutor and the activities of Trump’s campaign during the election process were investigated after the Russian government’s allegations that the 2016 presidential elections were influencing Trump’s favor. After nearly 2.5 years of investigation, no evidence to convict Trump was found and the case was closed.
Under Trump, US Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham as the special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.
In Durham’s investigation, two people admitted to tampering with evidence and trying to convict Trump.
Russian analyst Danchenko, who has articles in the “Steele file” that led to the launch of the Russia investigation against Trump, which contains allegations that he is related to Russia, but which was later revealed to be a false content and funded by the Democrats, is on trial for “lie to federal authorities” in the case in October. He was acquitted in 2022.