The document that kicked off the FBI’s shambolic Russiagate witch hunt targeting Trump and his campaign has been released. This will allow the American people to get a glimpse of a central pillar of US Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the roots of the Russiagate debacle.
How many Obama-era officials are we going catch lying and let them get away with it?
When will we hold them accountable?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 21, 2020
FOIA request shows shaky pretext for Russiagate
Judicial watch got a hold of the document through one of their many incisive Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok authored it in July 2016 with fellow agent and co-conspirator William Priestap looking over his shoulder. Priestap then held the post of assistant director of FBI Counterintelligence.
The document is Strzok’s effort to hash together a passable reason for the FBI to start their Crossfire Hurricane investigation, that is, Russiagate.
John Durham’s job is to look deep into how Crossfire Hurricane ever got off the ground. He has publically said that the earlier Horowitz investigation into the same matter, which found no wrongdoing but was based solely on interviews of the perpetrators, lacked vital information that Durham now has.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the [Horowitz] report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham said.
BREAKING: The Crossfire Hurricane investigation of Trump campaign began as a FARA, not espionage, case, a copy of Strzok's July 31, 2016, electronic communication that supposedly first opened the probe reveals (Judicial Watch sued FBI for the EC). FARA cases are rarely prosecuted
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 21, 2020
Durham investigation shows Russiagate was started illegally
Durham’s boss, Attorney General Bill Barr has concurred, noting that the Horowitz report “makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”
The released document opened an investigation “related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s website/server.” No investigation has been made into the corrupt activities uncovered by that hacking and still un-refuted and unaddressed in the public forum. Nor has the investigation of the murder of Seth Rich, the likely source of the info from the DNC server, been resolved. As the released document shows, Crossfire Hurricane proceeded on the assumption that Russia and the Trump campaign colluded in hacking the DNC. That theory has found zero support after 4 years of intense scrutiny.
After Crossfire Hurricane was kicked off, subsidiary inquiries into Trump associates George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and soon-to-be Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn were initiated in Summer 2016.
Crossfire Hurricane was incorporated into the fruitless Mueller investigation in early 2017. Mueller found no evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government.