On Monday, former President Donald Trump slammed the FBI’s investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign following the final report from Justice Department special counsel John Durham, closing the four-year-long investigation.
Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social to state that following an extensive probe Durham had determined that the FBI should not have launched “the Trump-Russia Probe” adding that this showed that the American public had been scammed.
This was Trump’s first reaction to Durham’s report which is 305 pages long.
In a later interview with Fox News Digital, Trump stated that the FBI’s investigation was a “disgrace” and even claimed that former FBI Director James Comey and other Democrats should have to pay a “heavy price” for having the country go through this. In Durham’s report, it was clearly stated that the authorities at the time did not have sufficient information to open up the case. He further criticized the FBI’s handling of some evidence in this case.
Specifically in the report, Durham points out that in specific areas of Crossfire Hurricane activity, the FBI had “underperformed” and had failed to carry out its duties correctly which has led to “reputational harm.”
Durham was originally appointed in 2019 by then-Attorney General Bill Barr to look into the origins of the FBI investigation. At the time, Trump had been in favor of the investigation which he claimed would show the “crime of the century.” Durham’s investigation led to Igor Danchenko and Michael Sussmann being charged with lying to the FBI, however, both were found not guilty.
Following this final report, there were no calls for additional charges to be filed.