Date set for Durham’s House testimony

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


Americans will have to wait until late June to hear special counsel John Durham’s testimony regarding his investigation into the FBI’s handling of debunked claims that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

As previously reported by FISM, Durham’s report includes allegations that the FBI “failed to uphold [its] mission of strict fidelity to the law.” 

The New York Post reports that Durham will appear before Congress on June 21.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, had been pushing for a quicker turnaround.

“Are there people that were highlighted in the Durham investigation and the Durham report that we need to talk to on the Judiciary Committee? We’re going to give that a good, hard look,” Jordan said on Fox News last week. “Nothing is off the table, because it is critical the American people understand how their government — their agencies — have been turned on them, the taxpayer, and we get all the facts out there.”

Jordan was later quoted as saying he was “tired of unelected folks” in government not being held accountable. 

Durham’s report corroborated allegations from the right that the FBI had shown favoritism to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and launched an investigation into Trump “based on raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence.” 

Republicans have extrapolated from Durham’s report a wider effort to undermine Trump throughout the U.S. government. 

“The Deep State tried to remove a sitting US President for the crime of winning the 2016 election,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene tweeted. “Now they’re trying to throw President Trump in jail. They’re more afraid of him than ever.”

While his report might have been well received by conservatives, it’s unlikely Durham will be given a hero’s welcome in Washington. 

Not only is he likely to take flak from Democrats, but Durham can also expect to be grilled by some House Republicans, who have questioned why Durham never compelled former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, or former FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok to participate in the investigation. All three declined to be interviewed by Durham. 

Durham might also face criticism from the right for not recommending charges against anyone in the FBI. Democrats have discounted the Durham report based on this fact, saying Republicans have blown the findings out of proportion.