‘We live in a very dangerous time’: Lindsey Graham cites Durham report to warn FBI ‘a political weapon’

While many on the left are busy downplaying the Durham report, Sen. Lindsey Graham sees it exactly for what it is — damning for former President Donald Trump’s enemies.

“The Durham report is damning. It shows the FBI became a political weapon. They wanted to get Trump. They didn’t care how they did it,” he told radio show host John Catsimatidis early Sunday morning.

“It is done and it’s damning. They took the rule of law and threw it over to try to get a political outcome,” he noted.

He added that anti-Trump operatives had spun a narrative that Trump had colluded with Russia “to sell a false story that Donald Trump was a Russian agent [and] his campaign was being run by Russia.”

This strategy worked in luring the FBI to investigate Trump, at which point “they ignored all the exculpatory evidence.”

“They’re trying to make you believe that Trump was a Russian agent working for the Russians when he wasn’t. We live in a very dangerous time. So, God bless the Durham report. I hope we’ll all understand it’s Republicans today, it’ll be Democrats tomorrow,” Graham continued.

Asked why it took special counsel John Durham so long to complete the report, Graham replied, “I have no friggin’ idea.”

Listen to his full remarks below:

As previously reported, Durham’s report was released last week. In it, Durham described the Russian collusion delusion investigation as “seriously deficient” and claimed the FBI had relied on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence.”

He went in especially hard on the FBI for failing to corroborate the infamous Steele dossier and its litany of bizarre accusations about Trump — and for then using it to secure a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign advisers.

“Importantly, had the Crossfire Hurricane actors faithfully followed their own principles regarding objectivity and integrity, there were clear opportunities to have avoided the mistakes and to have prevented the damage resulting from their embrace of seriously flawed information that they failed to analyze and assess properly,” Durham said in the report.

Following the report’s publication, Graham slammed the media for accepting Pulitzer Prizes for writing flawed pieces based on what’s now known to have been fake intelligence:

Graham also posted a separate thread just about the Durham report itself.

“The Durham Report is a damning indictment of the FBI under James Comey and the operations of the Department of Justice. Their behavior during the Crossfire Hurricane investigation reads like a page out of the Nixon playbook,” he tweeted.

He also called for Senate Judiciary Committee chair Dick Durbin, a Democrat, to hold a hearing on the report.

As of May 21st, no hearing had been scheduled, nor was one likely to be scheduled. Indeed, responding to the release of the Durham report, Durbin joined his fellow Democrats in dismissing it as a nothing burger.

“Special Counsel Durham’s report revealed little new substantive information about the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation that we did not already learn from Inspector General Horowitz’s 2019 report. Unlike Inspector General Horowitz’s report, however, the Durham Report offers no meaningful recommendations on how the FBI can improve the application of its considerable surveillance authorities in its investigations,” he said in a statement.

“Donald Trump once predicted that Special Counsel Durham would uncover the ‘crime of the century.’ Instead, we were given a report that cost taxpayers more than $6.5 million over four years, just for it to reiterate the conclusions of the IG’s 2019 report,” he added.

This has been the universal response from the left, including the biased legacy media.

Speaking with Fox News, DePauw University journalism professor Jeffrey McCall said he was disturbed but not surprised by the left’s reaction.

“The establishment media were so fully gulled and in the tank for the Russian collusion story for so long that they now just can’t acknowledge Durham’s report without also having to eat crow at the same time, something they clearly aren’t willing to do,” he said.

Fox News’ own Joe Concha added that the media’s decision to reject the Durham report is “as predictable as the sun rising in the east.”

“John Durham, who has as much credibility as anyone in Washington, concludes the FBI should’ve never launched that investigation, and that the evidence such as the Steele dossier, was limp to begin with,” he said.

“Of course, all of those who insisted the Steele dossier was so credible are the same people now saying you Durham’s conclusion is nothing burger. These people have no shame and will never hold themselves to the type of high standards we should expect from those in journalism,” he continued.

Vivek Saxena


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