Special Counsel John Durham is set to testify at a House Judiciary Committee public hearing on June 21 about his bombshell report on the Trump-Russia investigation.
The day before the hearing, Durham will join the House Intelligence Committee for a closed-door briefing. Durham’s investigation, which contradicts the assessment of former special counsel Robert Mueller, found that the FBI did not have sufficient basis to open its 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
The FBI’s standard for opening the Crossfire Hurricane probe “arguably had not been met,” Durham wrote in his report, adding that “the matter was opened as a full investigation without [agents] ever having spoken to the persons who provided the information.”
“Senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor towards the information that they received, especially information received from politically-affiliated persons and entities,” the report continues. “The Department did not adequately examine or question these materials and the motivations of those providing them, even when at about the same time the Director of the FBI and others learned of significant and potentially contrary intelligence.”
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