On Monday, MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann appeared on “Deadline” and asserted that special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to the Russian government was a “big fat nothing.”
Weissmann argued, “If John Durham was really just doing an investigation to talk about what are better policies and practices that the FBI could have and was depoliticizing it, I would have been all for that and said great.
You know what, there’s no agency that can’t use greater scrutiny. But this was trying to say that there’s a big there there, when there’s no there there.
So I just think the big picture, if you step back, is for those people who think oh, everybody does it, the Democrats do it, the Republicans do it, everybody is up to no good and shenanigans, that’s just not true.”
He said of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, “There is a false equivalency because you have an enormous number of cases which were proved where there is, you pointed out, there are convictions, where there is a there there.
Russia interfered in the 2016 election. They’re continuing to interfere. There are people who have gone to jail who were rightly found guilty.
And what you have with John Durham is like, it’s a big fat nothing, and it reminds me of sort of weaponization hearings that are going on, where there also is, they’re just falling flat on their face because there is no there there.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 15, 2023
ABC News reports:
Durham was tasked in late 2020 by then-Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe of the Trump campaign that was launched in July 2016. Durham’s appointment came just weeks before Trump was defeated by Joe Biden, effectively ensuring that his work would continue even after Biden took office.
“Our investigation … revealed that senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor toward the information that they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities,” Durham wrote in his report. “In particular, there was significant reliance on investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents.
The Department did not adequately examine or question these materials and the motivations of those providing them before opening a full-scale investigation.”
Once again, the corruption is swept under the rug.