Former President Donald Trump took to social media on Monday morning and sounded off on the newly released report from Special Counsel John Durham that revealed the FBI had no legal basis for launching its investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
In a series of posts on the former president’s Truth Social account, he called the actions of certain FBI agents “treason” and accused them of perpetrating a “great fraud” against the American people.
“After extensive research, Special Counsel John Durham concludes the FBI never should have launched the Trump–Russia Probe! In other words, the American Public was scammed, just as it is being scammed right now by those who don’t want to see GREATNESS for AMERICA!” Trump wrote.
The 300–page report by Durham concluded that the FBI should never have investigated Trump for Russian collusion, arguing that they did not apply objective, rigorous standards that were already in place. It noted that no evidence had been found that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia before “the allegation from an Australian diplomat that then–Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told him the Trump campaign had dirt on Clinton.”
The former president also expressed gratitude for firing former FBI Director James Comey and called upon Congress to enact measures to ensure it never happens again.
“The Durham Report spells out in great detail the Democrat Hoax that was perpetrated upon me and the American people. This is 2020 Presidential Election Fraud, just like ‘stuffing’ the ballot boxes, only more so. This totally illegal act had a huge impact on the Election. With an honest Media, we are looking at the Crime of the Century!” he added.
Trump’s posts on the social media platform come in the wake of the report’s release, which found that the FBI had acted without “appropriate objectivity or restraint in pursuing allegations of collusion or conspiracy between a U.S. political campaign and a foreign power.”
The report further noted that the FBI and the Justice Department had “failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” and that “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.”
Trump’s posts are sure to fuel further criticism of the FBI and the Justice Department, as the report paints a picture of an agency that was overly eager to pursue the investigation despite a lack of evidence. As the president’s posts make clear, he believes that the FBI’s actions amounted to a “great fraud” against the American people and should be addressed by Congress.