“The Impossible Must Be Possible”: How the Durham Whodunit Became Who Didn’t Do it

Below is my column in the New York Post, which turned out to be the theme for the cover. Despite impressive efforts at spinning the findings by the media, the Durham Report highlighted two scandals. First, there was a comprehensive effort of the political and media establishments to perpetrate one of the great hoaxes in history — a political hit job that ultimately derailed an American presidency. Second, there was no real accountability for that effort for the main players from Clinton to Comey to Congress. It was much like The Murder on the Orient Express. The question is not “whodunit” but who didn’t do it. Spoiler alert: they all did it so no one was punished.

Here is the column:

In Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” detective Hercule Poirot observes, “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

That may be the best summary of the findings of special prosecutor John Durham in his 305-page report issued yesterday.

Not only did the impossible happen, but they all did it: the Clinton campaign, the FBI, and the media.

In hindsight, it would appear impossible.

A political campaign hatches a plot to create a false claim of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Making this even more implausible is that the CIA and FBI knew about the plan.

As detailed in the report, President Barack Obama and his national security team were briefed on how “a trusted foreign source” revealed “a Clinton campaign plan to vilify Trump by tying him to Vladimir Putin so as to divert attention from her own concerns relating to her use of a private email server.”

It then happened a few days later.

It was a plot that required everyone to take a hand in derailing a duly elected president and effectively shutting down his administration for three years of investigation and prosecutions.

In this conspiracy, there were dozens of key participants in the campaign, the government, and the media. Here are a few of the characters implicated in this report.

The campaign

The report details how the Russian collusion conspiracy was invented by Clinton operatives and put into the now-infamous Steele dossier, funded by the Clinton campaign.

The funding was hidden as legal expenses by then-Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias. (The Clinton campaign was later sanctioned by the FEC over its hiding of the funding.)

When Vogel tried to report the story, he said Elias “pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.’” Times reporter Maggie Haberman declared, “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.”

It was not just reporters who asked the Clinton campaign about its role in the Steele dossier. John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, was questioned by Congress and denied categorically any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS. Sitting beside him was Elias, who reportedly said nothing to correct the misleading information given to Congress.

Durham details how Elias played an active role in tracking the media campaign to push the false allegations. (Elias was recently severed by the Democratic National Committee from further representation and has been previously sanctioned in the federal courts in other litigation.)

The report details how false claims like the existence of a “pee tape” showing Trump engaging in disgusting acts with prostitutes in Moscow came from a Clinton operative, Chuck Dolan, with no known basis in fact.

Likewise, now-national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Clinton personally pushed an absurd campaign-created conspiracy theory about a secret communication line between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin through a Russian bank.

The Clinton campaign later admitted that it had indeed funded the dossier, but Clinton continued to claim that the election was stolen from her by the Russians.

The government

Of course, this conspiracy could not occur without the assistance of the FBI, which Durham found played an eager role due to a “predisposition” of key players against Trump.

Special counsel John Durham completed a four-year review of the FBI’s investigation of allegations Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia

Durham found the FBI’s probe was “seriously flawed” and had no basis in evidence, according to a 306-page report released Monday.

The special prosecutor found that FBI officials “discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship between Trump and Russia.”

Durham also found investigators put too much faith in information provided by Trump’s political opponents and carried out surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page without genuinely believing there was probable cause to do so.

Despite the scathing findings, Durham did not recommend criminal prosecutions or widespread FBI reforms, writing that “the answer is not the creation of new rules but a renewed fidelity to the old.”

Durham’s investigation lasted more than four years, longer than the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe itself.

The dossier was discredited early by American intelligence, which learned that it might itself be Russian disinformation.

There never was support for the allegations, but the FBI launched and maintained a massive investigation anyway.

Durham noted that the FBI showed a completely different approach to allegations involving the Clinton campaign.

The Trump investigation was a “noticeable departure from how it approached prior matters involving possible attempted foreign election interference plans aimed at the Clinton campaign.”

Nevertheless, former FBI Director James Comey would continue to reference the entirely unsupported “pee tape” in interviews.

Even though investigators found no support for the campaign-created story, in a 2018 interview, Comey delighted viewers by saying: “Honestly, I never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013.”The FBI was assisted in this effort by members of Congress on the House Intelligence Committee.

Even when the false narrative was played out and the lack of support was becoming obvious, former House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) assured the public, on March 13, 2018, that “I can certainly say with confidence that there is significant evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia.”

He never produced the promised evidence.

The media

The most essential player in this conspiracy was the media, which pumped up the dossier as gospel. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow assured her viewers that “no major thing from the dossier has been conclusively disproven.”

On CNN, one of the guests insisted, “I think we actually have to stop calling it the ‘infamous dossier’ and increasingly calling it ‘accurate dossier,’ the  ‘damning dossier.’”

CNN host Alisyn Camerota attacked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and said the dossier “hasn’t been discredited, in fact, it has been opposite, it has been corroborated.”

Durham has laid out how the most cited claims were not supported, let alone corroborated.

Indeed, he found there was no basis for this investigation to have been launched in the first place.

Yet, like in “Murder on the Orient Express,” all of the culprits were then let go.

Comey went on to make millions selling books and giving speeches on “ethical leadership.”

Former FBI special agent Peter Strzok was given a job by CNN.

Clinton general counsel Marc Elias is advising people on election ethics and running a group to “defend democracy.”

After all, this was a collective effort. In Washington, the more people involved in a conspiracy, the less culpable it becomes.

They all did it, so no one did.

Jonathan Turley is an attorney and a professor at George Washington University Law School.

198 thoughts on ““The Impossible Must Be Possible”: How the Durham Whodunit Became Who Didn’t Do it”

  1. Is the DNC’s strategy by canceling the Primary Process for 2024 Presidential incumbent Joe Biden, hence not holding a Primary Debate forcing Bobby Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson (and Others*) to run Independently or under a Third Party Platform, going to bring about a Biden 2nd Term? [?Yes/No?]

    Rephrase: Is a Third Party Platform going to hand Joe Biden the Advantage in 2024? [?Yes/No?]

    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2024_Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries

    1. 1. “Is the DNC’s strategy […] not holding a Primary Debate forcing Bobby Kennedy Jr. […] to run Independently or under a Third Party Platform […]?
      As there is neither a legal requirement to organize Primary Debates nor is a candidate is obliged to participate, if such debates take place, the answer is: NO. It’s just hypothetical because it won’t happen: If a candidate don’t advance to General Election, “Sour Loser Laws” may or may not apply in presidential elections (regardless of the different legal opinions: The individual states first decide on the admission of a candidacy and, in the event of a rejection, refer the candidate to legal action)

      2. “Is a Third Party Platform going to hand Joe Biden the Advantage in 2024?”
      NO. Due to multiple insurance policies DNC has already secured win in 2024 Presidential Election for their nominee. In the unlikely event of proof of personal enrichment by his son Hunter’s “business dealings” (aka “influence peddling”) a decade ago, President Biden’s handler let him announce his retirement (health, family issues, you name it) and a replacement (maybe Newsom/Rice) will take over. However, as head puppeteer made it crystal clear to his puppets to limit their “investigations” in writing, letters, produce reports, conduct interviews other than these “too political” ones, don’t expect any GOP challenge.

      Looking for a potential three-way race in ’24? Follow AZ Senate race (no run-off!)! I doubt that Incumbent Kyrsten Sinema (now) will edge out most likely nominee Ruben Gallego (D-AZ # 3) if she decides to run.

  2. “Are you now, or have you ever been, associated with any elements of the Russian Federation?”

    One of the significant dangers of the Russia hoax, in addition to the misuse of government institutions, is that it has impacted U.S Russian relations — which needed to be handled far more analytically, and with far less emotive vitriol, than has been the case over the past decade.

    Do you have questions about NATO expansion? Putin stooge. Do you question who blew up the Nord Stream pipeline? Putin stooge. Are you concerned about the coup in Ukraine with U.S. involvement in 2014 and the subsequent violations of the Minsk agreements after that coup? Well guess what that makes you?

    What would the United States do if there were a coup against the Mexican government with Russian involvement creating a government friendly to Russia? Now there I go again — being a Putin stooge.

    1. Well first off – What are you going to do about the Coup right here in the U.S.A.
      That needs to be addressed immediately before the CIA is allowed to continue with Coups abroad.

      Russia hoax, Ukrainian War, NATO expansion, emotive vitriol of George Soros and Henry Kissinger paranoid rhetorical about the return of Russian Nationalism via Putin. Oh and that Other county of 1.5 Billion People – CHINA.

      Hummmmm? ~ I guess the Deep States ambitions of All Out War, Winner-take-All is a Great Idea for Those whom have a vested interest in Nihilistic Armageddon and the bringing about the completion of the 7th Great Extinction.
      I mean it certainly would take care of all our problems.
      “….Now there I go again — being a̶ P̶u̶t̶i̶n̶ s̶t̶o̶o̶g̶e̶. an Optimists ”

      Earth might be experiencing 7th mass extinction, not 6th
      550-million-year-old creatures’ message to the present
      Jules Bernstein – November 22, 2022


  3. How do you explain the complete secrecy with which the entire government held investigations into Trump/Russian collusion (many, many examples sited in Mueller’s report) vs the “exposure” of nothing burger Clinton emails only one month before elections? As with many of your talking points, the obvious and simple reality is in fact opposite.

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    1. 1. Apart from the fact that this lurid headline awakes unrealizable expectation, it does not get to the heart of the legal dispute!
      2. Kari Lake had to prove that “votes [were] affected ‘in sufficient numbers to alter the outcome of the election’” based on a “competent mathematical basis to conclude that the outcome would plausibly have been different, not simply an untethered assertion of uncertainty.[1]
      3. At this stage of the trial Lake neither get the chance to challenge so called “printer Issues” (change of size & weight of paper) nor was she allowed to challenge quality of signature verification process or in short: Trial Court looked if AZ law was applied and not if signatures where matched.
      4. 17K+ votes is a lot! Since the narrow path hardly opens up any possibilities to prove in court that the election would have led to a different result, I expect a new dismissal of the lawsuit. It is more than doubtful whether further legal action will lead to a different result, and SCOTUS has so far been very reluctant to challenge elections.
      5. The abrupt change in paper weight and size on election day and the way signatures are compared leaves a pale aftertaste That’s why Lake supporters will still doubt whether the election was fair.

      [1] https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/23813822-cv2022-095403-5152023-minute-entry-re-under-advisement-ruling

      1. As expected, Court confirmed the election of Katie Hobbs as AZ Governor because “the Court doesn’t find either clear and convincing evidence or a preponderance of evidence

        * of misconduct in violation of A.R.S. § 16-672(A)(1).
        * that such misconduct was committed by “an officer making or participating in acanvass” under A.R.S. § 16-672(A)(1).
        * that such misconduct did in fact affect the result of the 2022 General Election by a competent mathematical basis.”

        Kari Lake has preceded from the false precedent that the Court will review early ballot and the ballot affidavit in acting as a signature verification “chief judge”. IMO her expected appeal to this ruling again all the way to AZ Supreme Court will not be successful.

        Lake focused her claim on “signature verification” which, in her view “was the only safeguard against fraudulent ballots being counted. This was denied by court because “the processes employed by Maricopa County to sanitize early voting lists, address verification, and voter name correlation to ballot envelopes.

        Lake claimed that Maricopa County’s signature verification process didn’t meet A.R.S. § 16-550(A), because they didn’t had enough time to compare:

        “[O]n receipt of the envelope containing the early ballot and the ballot affidavit, the county recorder […] shall compare the signatures thereon with the signature of the elector on the elector’s registration record.”

        According to the Court:

        “1. no such baseline appears in Section 16-550. Not one second, not three seconds, and not six seconds: no standard appears in the plain text of the statute. No reviewer is required by statute or the EPM to spend any specific length of time on any particular signature.
        2.The Court takes seriously the directive of the Arizona Supreme Court concerning statutory interpretation: to “effectuate the text if it is clear and unambiguous,” reading words in statutes in their context, and giving “meaning to every provision so that none is rendered superfluous.”

        Further, the Court stated, that it is up to the satisfaction of the recorder and not up to the court whether the signatures are consistent or not. the Court finds that Maricopa County Director of Elections Rey Valenzuela, ” provided ample evidence that – objectively speaking – a comparison between voter records and signatures was conducted in every instance Plaintiff asked the Court to evaluate. […] Giving all due weight to Mr. [Erich] Speckin’s signature verification expertise, his analysis and preferred methodology is not law, and a violation of law is what Plaintiff was required to demonstrate. Further, exhibit 47, the chart created by others for Mr. Speckin, depicts his interpretation of data derived from a public records request and was not admitted except as demonstrative to permit him to opine generally. Mr. Valenzuela testified that the final canvass was accurate. No clear and convincing evidence, or even a preponderance of evidence, contradicts him.”

        In a statement, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman (R) critiqued Lake’s false claims and her effort to “discard the valid votes of hundreds of thousands of Arizona voters. When ‘bombshells’ and ‘smoking guns’ are not backed up by facts, they fail in court,” he said. “This is justice, and this is what happened today in Kari Lake’s election contest.”

        1. Verifying signatures is not a question of time spent in the comparison.
          But it is a requirement of the law. Further if the Court refuses to consider whether election officials accepted ballots where signatures did not match, then the court has gutted the law.

          Laws are not self effectuating. Madison notes in Federalist 51 that Government can not be trusted to oversee itself.

          Who watches the watchers – certainly not Judge Thomson.

          Regardless this decision is not unexpected. Though I do think that Lake will have some success on appeal.

          The Judge essentially ruled – I have my head in the sand regarding election fraud, and the AZ supreme court can not force me to take it out.

          AZ law requires voter ID, and matching signatures on mailin ballots is a part of meeting that voter ID requirement for mailin ballots.

          If a voter is not willing to sign such that their ballot can be authenticated – their vote should not be counted.
          If election officials can not perform the task such that obviously mismatched signatures are accepted – then the courts are OBLIGATED to intervene.

          One of the problems with mailin voting is that the mistakes occur on the front side, that only can be corrected on the back side by rejecting ballots.

          If Judge Thompson feels that AZ law is not sufficiently clear on the requirements of signature matchin – then the law is unconstitutionally Vague and Thompson should throw out the law. I would suggest that would also require invalidating mailin voting – because without meaningful signature verification it can not meet the requirements for voter ID.

          Frankly today it can not meet them even if signature matching was done well.

          1. Kari Lake lost a statewide election by 17K+ votes which then Governor Doug Ducey (R) stated: “All of us have waited patiently for the democratic process to play out. The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.” He added: I “will work to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible.”

            Lake offered an agenda which hits the nail of the majority of the electorate, fought on campaign traiI followed by an impressive cheering crowd, and lead in polls: It is understandable that this unexpected defeat needs to be analyzed, and some (unasked) questions cries for an answer. Such as:

            * How many of 360K voters who supported Karrin Taylor Robson in Primaries did select Kari Lake in General Election?
            * To which extend did “Lincoln Project”, “Never Trumper”, (cocktail) RINOs, those opposing #45 and/or America 1st agenda influence the election?
            * To which extend was RNC ground operation as effective as DNC in engaging people to cast their vote?
            * Why does DEMs outperform GOP by mail-in voting in such lager numbers?
            * How can we prevent that equipment issues and long lines influencing elections?

            Since Kari Lake was prepared for litigation, she hired Harmeet Dhillon (why did she prefer a Californian lawyer to Bryan Blehm, Scottsdale, AZ?) without filing her lawsuit.

            At this stage, Lake had a window of opportunity to choose between two paths:

            1. To do a presser – together with Doug Ducey and Jeff DeWitt (AZ GOP Chairman) – to concede AND encourage Hobbs to launch an external audit of signature matching mail-in-ballots. Most likely she wouldn’t grant which gave Lake at least a talking point.
            2. On 12/9/22 Lake filed a 69 pages lawsuit (+ 7,254 pages of exhibits) to overturn the result. Though broad in its allegations and essayistic in presentation, she mainly focused on defunct printers due to unexpected change of paper size and weight, long lines and mail-in ballot’s signature match. I can’t shake the impression that DC lawyer Kurt Olsen at least brought a different agenda into the proceedings. Independently, he demanded for a completely exaggerated relief: “An opportunity to inspect Maricopa County ballots from 2022 General Election, including ballot signature envelopes and the corresponding signatures on file with Maricopa County prior to trial”.

            Although this is a hopeless case, doesn’t stop there. I’m not aware if Lake is using the county recorder as whipping boy for her accusations directed to Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer (R) and Supervisor Chairman Bill Gates (R) who PAC to support “traditional” GOP candidates. Bill Gates, as Brad Raffensperger (GA), spoke at “Summit on American Democracy” presented by CEIR funded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg ($ 400M+).

            All in all: I don’t see any merits Lake gained out of this lawsuit, but a bag that includes a sour-loser and election denier image. That’s a shame, because Lake ran a very committed, issue-centered election campaign. The result, which is unsatisfactory for her, her supporter, and MAGA movement cannot be repaired by the chosen way.

            [1] https://www.prodemocracygop.com/
            [2] https://www.summit.electioninnovation.org/speakers

            1. * To which extend was RNC ground operation as effective as DNC in engaging people to cast their vote?
              * Why does DEMs outperform GOP by mail-in voting in such lager numbers?

              Kari Lake: “We are officially launching the largest, most extensive ballot chasing operation in our state’s history and frankly, possibly in American history. […] The courts just ruled that this corrupt election will stand. The courts just ruled that our elections can run lawlessly. The courts have ruled that anything goes. Well, we can play by those same rules.”


            2. * To which extend was RNC ground operation as effective as DNC in engaging people to cast their vote?
              * Why does DEMs outperform GOP by mail-in voting in such lager numbers?

              Kari Lake today: “We are officially launching the largest, most extensive ballot chasing operation in our state’s history and frankly, possibly in American history. […] The courts just ruled that this corrupt election will stand. The courts just ruled that our elections can run lawlessly. The courts have ruled that anything goes. Well, we can play by those same rules.


            3. * To which extend was RNC ground operation as effective as DNC in engaging people to cast their vote?
              * Why does DEMs outperform GOP by mail-in voting in such lager numbers?

              Kari Lake today: “We are officially launching the largest, most extensive ballot chasing operation in our state’s history and frankly, possibly in American history. […] The courts just ruled that this corrupt election will stand. The courts just ruled that our elections can run lawlessly. The courts have ruled that anything goes. Well, we can play by those same rules.


  5. Democrats have destroyed their reputation. Abraham Lincoln’s quote on power applies all too well to Democrats.

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
    – Abraham Lincoln

    Given that Americans rejected the opinions of the elitists MSM in 2014-16 and supported Trump over Hillary, shocking both the MSM and DNC, they resorted to lying and hence rigging the 2020 election to get their desired results: power.

    The 2024 election will be an official funeral for the MSM and DNC if not a cremation without any Last Rites. They deserve every bit of scorn thrown their way.

    Given the foregoing, and viewing the facts in a light most favorable to the Crossfire Hurricane investigators, it seems highly likely that, at a minimum, confirmation bias played a significant role in the FBI’s acceptance of extraordinarily serious allegations derived from uncorroborated information that had not been subjected to the typical exacting analysis employed by the FBI and other members of the Intelligence Community. In short, it is the Office’s assessment that the FBI discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship between Trump and Russia. Similarly, the FBI Inspection Division Report says that the investigators “repeatedly ignore[d] or explain[ed] away evidence contrary to the theory the Trump campaign … had conspired with Russia …. It appeared that … there was a pattern of assuming nefarious intent.” 1749 An objective and honest assessment of these strands of information should have caused the FBI to question not only the predication for Crossfire Hurricane, but also to reflect on whether the FBI was being manipulated for political or other purposes. Unfortunately, it did not.

    Durham Report, page 305

    The Durham Report is right up there with Lincoln’s many speeches on the US Civil War. No wonder the Democrats hate the Durham Report for the same reason the Democrats started the Civil War in 1860. For Democrats it has always been about disregarding the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, seceding from the Founding Fathers and running the country their way. The Democrats will always be the Democrats of 1860 just like a leopard can not change its spots.

  6. Jonathan: Why can’t you let it go? This is about your third column attempting to keep the Durham report off life support by portraying it as “a comprehensive effort of the political and media establishments to perpetuate one of the greatest hoaxes in history–a political hit job that ultimately derailed an American presidency.” Really? I thought that description we reserved for Richard Nixon’s fumbled break in of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate? A lot of people went to jail over the coverup and that scandal actually “derailed an American presidency”. The Washington Post got two Pulitzers for Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting on Watergate. John Durham will get no prizes for his failed attempt to prove the Clinton campaign was involved in some grand conspiracy to derail Trump’s campaign and crimes were committed.

    The only hoax is your attempt to get the GOP House to call people to testify and be forced them to admit all the things Durham failed to prove in a court of law. Do you really expect Michael Sussmann or Marc Elias to fess up to things that were never crimes? If the GOP did pursue such an investigation that would be the fishing expedition of the century!

    What is even more bizarre is that you would repeat the false claims Donald Trump made in his recent post in which he claimed the FBI and DOJ framed him with “boxes of hoax”, they are all “lowlifes” and there was a conspiracy by the Deep State and the media to bring down his presidency. When you start repeating Trump’s wild and frantic lies I must conclude you are acting as a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign for 2024.

    Your own “false narrative” is the reason you need to enroll in a 12-step program that will help get over your addiction to the Durham report. Most legal experts agree the Durham report is the real “hoax”. So I say get over it. Let the Durham report die what should be its natural death and lie in the archives of the DOJ collecting dust. I say this because as one of the country’s respected conservative legal scholars and academics you need to protect your reputation. If you keep pursing your attempts to resurrect the Durham report that reputation might be in jeopardy.

    1. Most legal experts agree the Durham report is the real “hoax”.

      What, just like the 51 former intel officials? 🤣 No amount of gaslighting is going to make this go away. And JT’s reputation has been earned for remaining objective in the face of intense pressure to go political.

      So if you have to ask JT why he can’t let this go, then you are wholly unqualified and certainly ill-prepared to understand the answer.

      1. I posted my above comment in part just to piss off the troll. yeah, guilty.
        Now I have to go to Confession!!!!


    2. Well, nobody went to jail for the weapons of mass destruction scam. That hardly makes it anything other than egregiously immoral.

      Turley is a bit full of it when he claims everybody was “in on it.” That’s not how these things work. It’s a lot simpler and all too easy. Otherwise, these folks wouldn’t be able to do it.

      The F.B.I. and intelligence bureaucrats fully expected Hillary Clinton to be the next President. And she made it clear what she wanted, just as W. did with regard to a weapons of mass destruction report. Due to the scope of W’s hoax, the F.B.I. was not involved, but had there been something within their jurisdiction, they would have gone along to get along just like the intelligence community did.

      As for the press, it is not as Turley says that they were “in on it.” It is simply the case that they are generally not very bright and are typically lazy. In the case of both the weapons of mass destruction hoax, and the Russia hoax, they didn’t do their jobs. Much easier to recite government talking points than to do hard work. That is hardly an earthshattering observation.

      It was sad to see Carl Bernstein go out the way he did on this. During his time at the Post, he observed F.B.I. abuses ad nauseam. The story here was not the White House. It was the F.B.I. And he blew it.

      Also, contrary to what Turley says, the Russia hoax did not derail Trump’s Presidency. Trump’s approval went up due to the Russia hoax. The target gets the benefit from a farce like this. Trump derailed his Presidency by his own actions during his final year in office.

      1. As for the press, it is not as Turley says that they were “in on it.” It is simply the case that they are generally not very bright and are typically lazy.</i

        This tells me you ignored all the facts as they unrolled in real time. Or…you only use the main stream media CNN, NYT, etal, as all of this was happening.
        Lots of the stuff in Durham Report was public knowledge, but he made some of the connections.

        The media is stupid and lazy. Ben Rhodes explained that during the Obama debacle
        But the media is all Dem all the time. We know from the DNC emails, over 70 media reporters could be counted on to run a story, written 95% by the dems and use their pesonal by-line. Reporters do not report, they are nothing but Dem stenogrophers…The DNC emails prove that point.

        1. Well, I followed the media coverage of the Starr special council. It was also a political entity masquerading as a legal one. Had no basis for being formed. And as with General Flynn, you had an American citizen in Bill Clinton being asked about perfectly legal activity and then being accused of lying about it. A process crime. The media ate it up.

    3. Dennis McIntyre still believes that the Hunter laptop was Russian disinformation. Dennis McIntyre keeps a copy of the letter where fifty one Democrats said it was true by his bed stand. Before he goes to sleep every night it is His goal to incant its content one hundred times. He performs this religious exercise to keep the truth from ringing in his ears. You ask the question, how can he sleep at night? He final fades in to further unconsciousness when the final incantation has been repeated. When he awakes he comes to this blog to hold his daily religious worship to the almighty Clinton sitting on her thrown in heaven surrounded by her FBI attendants waving feather fans to keep her from the heat. In his tiny shop Dennis McIntyre manufactures the feather fans in hope that he will find favor with the Clinton Queen. He also manufactures the grovel mats that the worshipers bow upon.

    4. What the Durham report documents is domething that Nixon dreamed of being able to do, but was not able to.

      The Articles of impeachment of Nixon include counts for ATTEMPTING to use the IRS, the DOJ, the CIA, the FBI against his Enemies.

      Durham documents that what Nixon dreamed about – actually occured targeting Trump.

      So YES this justified more than 3 articles.

      This is DAMNING.

      That you are OK with it is DAMNING of you.

        1. It is extremely dine does not see all of this as incredibly bad.

          The misconduct identified in the Durham report is “Far Worse that watergate”.

          But it is but a small part of all that has been exposed over the past 6 years.

          Obama and Biden played a part in the Collusion delusion nonsense – That is actualy really bad.
          They were aware this was a clinton sourced plot, That is fine – in politics legal dirty tricks are immoral but rarely illegal.
          And the Federl Government had no duty to expose Clintons malfeasance.

          But it did not end there. Obama and Biden were aware that Clinton’s hoax infiltrated the FBI and was being used to drive and unconstitutional investigation.

          THAT they were OBLIGATED to stop. Instead we KNOW that Obama was an active participant in the decision to stall the closure of an unconstitutional investigation, and participated right through his last days in office. And some of the stupid gimicks that the FBI used were proposed by Biden.

          Honestly I am surprised that Obama and Biden left any fingerprints at all. It would have been trivial for them to drive this with complete deniability.
          Yet they had meetings at the WH with many ranking administration people present.

          We still have people her ranting “But the Mueller investigation” Failing to grasp that What Durham has established – again something that has been KNOWN for years now, That the appointment of the Special Counsel was a constitutional violation and a crime.

          The Government – federal , state, local are constitutionally barred from investigating people just because they want to.
          There is a massive amount of caselaw on even the requirments associated with non-criminal summary offenses.

          The police can not pull you over with no basis. There is a very detailed set of gates that law enforcement must get through for each escalating step from a “mere encounter” through to a criminal investigation. You can not just jump straight to criminal investigation without basis.

          Durham talks about the DOJ/FBI failure to follow guidelines and procedures.

          That makes this sound minor – it is not. Those guidelines and procedures are actually close to or absolutely MANDITORY.
          They are necescary to comply with the requirements of the constitution. To comply with 250 years of supreme court caselaw.

          The appointment of Mueller as SC was a CRIME. Rosenstein KNEW most everything Durham has exposed. Mueller KNEW it all within days of taking the job – and yet they continued.

          And I am still dealing with the Collusion Delusion.

          We have not touched the fact that Obama started a grant program to give grants to private groups to push censorship – political and otherwise of the american people.

          Govenrment may not do through private actors or contactors or NGO’s what it is forbidden to do directly. The closest equivalent to this I can recall was Sen. MacCarthy and HUAC back in the fifties – and honestly they were TAME by comparison. MacCarty went after communists. While The Government is NO
          To permitted to do so, he was in the Senate – not the executive and it is harder though not impossible for Congress to violate peoples constitutional rights without passing laws. And going after communists is like going after Nazi’s – it is Wrong – but they are dangerous – as we are seeing today. It is very hard to fight communism while staying within the confines of the constitution – And communists themselves will NOT constrain their actions to what is constitutional.

          Regardless, We had and Still have Government the EXECUTIVE BRANCH – the ACTION arm of government – both through NGO Grantees, and through Govenrment agencies lobbying private actors to engage in censorship of political opponents and ordinary people.

          This would have been wrong if it was Nazi’s or Communists.

          And we are now seeing abortion protestors, Catholics, parents, being targeted by the law enforcement as domestic terrorists.
          This is precisely what the FBI and CIA were doing in the 50’s and 60’s to civil rights groups that resulted in the Church commission – which was Bipartisan in condemning Government for targeting – in the case of the church commission – groups that WERE out of the main stream, but without a legitimate criminal basis.

          And Now we have Joe Biden LLC obstructing Justice – again USING those within the executive branch to thwart criminal investigations – and to target political oponents without a basis.

          There are a FEW participants in J6 that should have gone to jail – for a few months. There was NO Inserection. There was NO sedition.

          Challenging the certification of an election is Mutliply protected first amendment activity.

          The left and those in power targeted people on the Arguably FALSE narative that the misconduct they were protesting did not occur.

          That is entirely irrelevant. No where in the constitution does it say that the first amenment only applies to people who are RIGHT in what they are challenging,
          much less going even broader to claiming the First amendment does not apply to people you BELEIVE are wrong.

          Hillary Clinton’s efforts to get electors to change their votes in 2016 stunk to high heaven. But they were legal and constitutional.
          Clinton with the assistance of LAwrence Tribe concocted the plan that Trump eventually followed to try to stop certification of the 2016 election.
          She did not go through with it because it was clear it was going to fail. But her plan – that Trump atleast partly attempted was perfectly constitutional and something very similar had occured before – in 1872 I beleive. But Clinton was missing an important element – a credible claim of election fraud.

          Regardless, not only Trump, but his supporters were engaged in a perfectly constitutional hail mary that was not going to succeed.
          But they were entitled to try.

          Nor is this the extent of Left wing misconduct.

          Possibly the closest we have seen to this kind of conduct before – and even then – not this pervasive – was Lincoln’s lax attitude to the constitution during the Civil War – which George here constiantly points out.

          But that WAS during the civil War.

          None other than Scalia pointed out that There are many executive actions that have resulted in Bad supreme court decisions sanctioning those.
          e was speaking of Koramatsu. But he noted that under similar circumstances – the court would likely do the same again.

          Though I do not have the Lincoln bug up my ass that George does – he is correct that Lincoln abridged the constitution, as did Wilson, as did Roosevelt.
          But they did so in the midst of wars, and they did so using dubious Commander in Chief of the military claims to power.

          None of this comes even close to those kind of circumstances.

          Little Bits of this are “worse than watergate” – in total we have never seen anything like this before.

          When Biden and democrats talk about “threats to democracy” – THEY are the threat to democracy.

          This country survived the KKK, it survived Slavery, it survived when abortion and contraception were illegal.
          No one is looking to go back.

          But there is no threat from the right that is as large as the Weather Underground in the 60’s – much less a large scale return of the KKK, a return to slavery. ….
          I do not beleive that the modern left poses a threat that we can not survive. But it does pose a threat that is worse than anything we have faced since the civil war.

          We can survive a resurgent KKK – something thaT IS JUST NOT HAPPENING. Far easier than the large scale infringement on first amendment rights by Government all tilted in one direction politically.

    5. Anyone with your type of dismissive attitude as to what was exposed in the Durham report can only be a paid troll or one of the guilty parties to the criminal conspiracy against Trump. Anyone who endorses and excuses the actions of those involved, from Clinton, the Obama White House, the DOJ/FBI/CIA, to the media, cannot be taken seriously and assumed to be just an observer concerned with politics in our nation. So which is it? Are you a paid troll or one of those who were part of the criminal plot against Trump (and our nation)?

  7. And yet I don’t believe you summation…!what about jeb? Rustmor has it Jeb first hired gps the per per tapes research. And only after loosing the primary sold that to the clintons. The late John McCain et all knew all this. And said as much on cspan. And on them tv. But for Macain getting passed on the dossier….it had no credibility or press. At the time ppl knew the original “resreasrch” was by gop Jeb bush. Did that fall by the wayside in the 305 page report? Then again I’m sure after someone looks into to intel officials who wrote the abuse of ranks letter…..something more obvious might float? Curios…I haven’t read the 305 page cover up yet

    1. But I think there could be murder. It’s too easy to think Macain got over his skii s….but we can’t put miscast these bushes.they do anything to stay in power. And they are powerful. None the less we should not lose sight where the original research originated normally I wont fuss but lately the bushes abandoned me..leaving my best uncle liver cancer? Seriously george? You just walk away from me like that? I expected more. Make it right.

    2. Omg, you are retreading this nonsense now? Fusion GPS is a general purpose research shop that does ‘opposition research’ for many campaigns. Jeb hired them for a different job, had nothing to do with the Russian dossier. This was all investigated and disposed of years. Jeb never had a dossier on Trump. He paid 50k, Clinton funneled over 1 million to them and in fact paid Perkins-Coie 10 million manage and implement all this, and to pay subcontractors like Fusion GPS.

      I’m so sick of people who cannot face reality. If you have any integrity, you must see the Durham report as containing smoking gun evidence of election interference from Clinton, abetted by CIA, DoJ/FBI and Obama himself

      1. It would not matter what Jeb Did.

        Oppo Research is an expected part of politics.

        It is Not Clinton paying for this flaming pile of schiff that is the problem.

        It is the fact that the FBI – KNOWING where is came from, and KNOWING that it was a flaming pile of Adam Schiff, used it to conduct an investigation of a president with the goal handicapping and possibly removing the government.

  8. Time’s up. We tried to stop these traitors using our principles. It’s like trying to stay in formation against guerrilla warfare. So phuck that. Don’t give our enemy the freedom to attack. Require comments be supportable by facts, evidence and our founding principles. If they cannot, then delete them.

    1. Way comments? The fact Diane lane died in elmore jail. Days after I called in their murdering condition s? And then me Stewart and Mr jordan both dii surviveveded? And all the ppl before and there is never an investigation…which means you can be jailed and killed in jail over simple crap and no one will investigating that doesn’t chill every American what will? But it goes like this “it’s our policy” …it’s our “policy” doe how local policy gets to trump our consyitution? By “policy”I was treated like shit in jail.skipped by policy breakfast ..lunch and dinner and rag bath room hygeiene…by policy. I survived. Diane lane…Mr Stewart and Mr jordan did not survive policy. ‘policy’

  9. On the smaller scale that I live, our governments local and state are impotent, too. Out entire system of governance is calcified. We had a coup, successful for the purps, but a disaster for the country. And no one has done a damn thing about it. We are well and truly screwed.

    1. No doubt we are the only time with the Chinese yonder pouches…..and the o my one with suicides….and they still believe them great! That’s how far we go we triple down! And don’t study crap! And who wins by these decisions? The ccp!

  10. Today, “Oversight” Chairman James Comer (R-KY) wrote another letter to FBI-Director Christopher Wray [1]:

    “The FBI’s delay in producing a single FD-1023 form is unacceptable. […]

    The Committee is seeking meaningful reforms to government ethics and disclosure laws that will provide necessary transparency into a Vice President’s or a President’s (and their immediate family members’) income, assets, and financial relationship with foreign and domestic companies. Public corruption, influence peddling, federal ethics/financial disclosures regulations, and national security matters are directly within the purview of the Committee’s oversight authorities. […]

    Thank you for your prompt attention to this important investigation.”

    [1] https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Letter-to-Wray-re-Meetings-5_19_23.pdf

    1. This letter from Comer is pathetic. The House should enforce the subpoena in court or launch impeachment proceedings against Wray. Unless they get serious nothing will happen.

      1. “Oversight” actors are puppets (on last presser, 13 GOP Reps stood together, on the edge chart to small to read, some of them DESCRIBED “a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and an unnamed foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions” for 50′ mainly thanking the chairman for his leadership and repeating each others) without promoting the CASE:

        * Where is evidence?
        * Did they obtain books and records, including invoices and contracts and agreements, about $ 10M+ wires?
        * Who opened these “family members” accounts?
        * Do these $$$ still sleep there?
        * What’s about secured testimony of the parties involved and those “business partners” who have direct knowledge of Hunter Bidens “business dealings”?

        More than half a year ago, Garrett Ziegler’s Marco Polo non-profit published the most comprehensive evaluation of Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell” email traffic. Just one of many finds [1] which makes you wonder why the world is so small that the same players meet again and again:

        On 11/16/16 late Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) aide David Kramer (now: Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute) was in Halifax, NS approached by Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, referencing the findings of Christopher Steele, a former MI6 spy. McCain sent Kramer to London, GB to catch up with Steele on 11/28/16. Fusion GPS assisted Steele in passing the dossier to McCain “via an emissary.” On 12/8/16 McCain passed “dossier” over to FBI Director James Comey only learning that several of the Steele investigative memos were handed over to “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation on 9/19/16 (good read: Morris, Dick/McGann, Eileen: Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump, ‎ St. Martin’s Press, 8/17).

        On 4/12/16 Olga Bielkova, an Ukraine parliamentarian, met Eric Cimarrella, a CIA analyst at Le Pain Quotidien, a block away from WH and separately. with David Kramer. The meetings about “the Ukrainian progress in energy reform during the past year and what steps must be done in the future to increase energy independence” where arranged by Doug Schoen (a Special Counsel Durham didn’t investigate Clinton “matters” no entry in his report) a longtime Hillary Clinton ally and FARA registered foreign lobbyist for Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, a Clinton Foundation donor [2].

        On 10/27/15 Olga Bielkova spoke at conference “Ukraine: Transforming Ukraine’s Oil & Gas Sector: Major Reforms and Emerging Opportunities for U.S. Partners” in Lafayette, LA [3] about “The package of new laws necessary for realizing Ukraine’s energy reforms” [1]

        Who cares that another narrative collapsed? Davon Archer, Hunter Biden, Olga Bielkova, Vadym Pozharskyi [4], and David Kramer who leaked “Steele Dossier” before President Trump’s inauguration to these 14 propagandist

        ABC News: Brian Ross, Matt Mosk
        BuzzFeed: Ken Bensinger
        CNN: Carl Bernstein
        McClatchy: Peter Stone, Greg Gordon
        Mother Jones: David Corn
        NPR: Bob Little, Rachel Martin
        The Guardian: Julian Borger
        The Washington Post: Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman, Fred Hiatt
        The Wall Street Journal: Alan Cullison

        along with Adam Kintzinger (R-IL) Jonathan Burks (Paul Ryan’s longtime chief of staff), Victoria Nuland (now: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; then: Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affair), and Celeste Wallander (now: Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; then: Special Assistant to President Obama and senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council).

        [1] https://bidenlaptopemails.com/biden-emails/email.php?id=20151005-084152_94999
        [2] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/gop-congressman-asked-former-ukraine-minister-about-eric-ciaramella-cia-officer-alleged-to-be-whistleblower
        [3] Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had improperly charged her Senate office $33K+ for private flights to campaign events, because a charter company “mistakenly billed” Landrieu’s Senate office instead of her re-election campaign.
        [4] “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together” (email 4/17/15)

      2. It seems many people never see/hear real news as Fed Govt controlled media is all they ever use. That’s the reason the globalist type cancel people like Jones, Tucker Carlson etc….

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        1. 1. Without this having changed or will change, RNC and its minions complain that because MSM are engaged in DNC propaganda, electorate is “misinformed”. With “factcheckbiden.com” RNC aims to hold President Biden accountable for what they claim are lies about the state of the country and his administration’s actions. It is not known whether Chairwoman Ronna McDanniel herself believes that the information provided on “factcheckbiden” will reach voters with the aim to change their minds.
          2. With the endorsement of “Washington Times”, which maybe has a daily circulation of 60K, Donald Trump won Presidency, House (241-194) and Senate (52-48) was lead by GOP.
          3. That came with a lot of power and weapons! Purely hypothetical because puppeteer directors (“marionettists”) didn’t allow these moves:
          * Establish committees in both House and Senate to investigate DHS, ODNI, DOJ, DOJ-NSD, FISA and SSCI [1].
          * AG Jeff Sessions [maybe a “Trojan Horse” like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)] could have established a Special Counsel for investigation the origin of Trump-Russia probe which was not in Mueller’s “purview”.
          4. I hope for our host that he writes his views only because he has been commissioned to do so. Otherwise he would suffer from Common Sense Deficiency Disorder (CSDD), with little chance of recovery.

          [1] On 3/20/17 Rep Elise Stefanik (R-NY) questioned FBI Director James Comey brilliantly: “There is counterintelligence investigation open since July ’16: When did you notify DNI, WH or senior congressional leadership?” – Just recently because of the sensitivity of the matter. On 12/22/10 ABC’s Diane Sawyer chatted with James Clapper (DNI), Janet Napolitano (DHS), and John Brennan (Chief Counterterrorism Advisor) Clapper was asked about the arrests, which had happened hours before and were featured on all of the network morning news broadcasts, but he wasn’t briefed. https://abcnews.go.com/US/director-national-intelligence-james-clapper-briefed-london-arrests/story?id=12458010

  11. You make it more elaborate than it is Turley. So this whole “impossible” bit is a bit much on your part, and your old enough to know that. You grew up in the backdrop of Senator McCarthy, who Adam Shift learned to imitate to the letter. Hoover’s use of the F.B.I. was easily as slimy as this, using the F.B.I. to in effect blackmail people he didn’t like, conducting illegal surveillance time and time again.

    I have seen this movie before. So it was not “impossible” to me — and it was pretty easy to spot from the get go.

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