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Special Counsel Criticises FBI for Trump-Russia inquiry

The report, which is almost 300 pages long, strongly criticises the FBI and the Justice Department

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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UNITED STATES: The FBI’s investigation into the claimed rapport between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016 has been condemned by a 306-page report that was long awaited. According to the special counsel, as reflected in the report, John Durham mentioned that the inquiry initiated by the agency did not have “analytical rigour.” 

The FBI was accused of acting on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” in the report produced by Durham, who was chosen by William Barr, the then-attorney general, in 2019. Special Counsel Robert Muller conducted the FBI investigation between the Trump campaign and Russia, which, in turn, opened up dozens of criminal charges against the campaign staff Trump, including crimes like financial manipulation. 

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Trump claimed in an earlier conversation that he anticipated the Durham report would “reveal corruption at a level never before seen in our country” and show proof of “really bad, evil, unlawful, and unconstitutional” conduct. The Durham report doesn’t contain the revolutionary revelations and indictments that some Trump loyalists anticipated regarding the investigation.

Among the shortcomings it made in its investigation were multiple instances of “confirmation bias,” in which it overlooked data that contradicted the investigation’s fundamental thesis. When contrasted to other potentially sensitive inquiries, like those focusing on Trump’s 2016 presidential adversary Hillary Clinton, the FBI’s conduct of the Trump investigation stood out in the report as being significantly distinct. 

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As per Durham, defensive briefings were considered to have been implemented by Clinton. FBI considered “those who may be the targets of nefarious activities by foreign powers”. The report also inferred that “The Department of Justice and the FBI failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law.” 

Following the news that revealed the unfurling of the news in public, Jim Jordan, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, mentioned that a US former attorney would be summoned by him to be present before Congress and to testify. 

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