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A US prosecutor concludes that Trump should not have been investigated for a Russian conspiracy

Special Counsel John Durham concluded in a report published Monday that the FBI should not have launched an investigation into alleged links between the campaign of former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and Russia in the 2016 election. year check.

In the more than 300-page report, Durham said the FBI used “unconfirmed, unprocessed and unanalyzed” intelligence to launch an inquiry into the Trump campaign and its possible ties to Russia.

Durham was appointed in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr to lead an investigation into the federal agency’s previous investigation into alleged ties between the Republican campaign team and Russia during Trump’s term.

The Special Counsel argues that, after reviewing the FBI investigation and other intelligence activities, he concludes that “the Department (of Justice) and the FBI were unable to fulfill their mission of strict fidelity of law with respect to certain incidents and activities described.” failed in this report”.

Durham points out in the text that FBI officers showed a “serious lack” of analytical rigor in their treatment of information obtained, particularly those relating to people and entities with political affiliations.

In sum, the FBI’s handling of several key aspects of the case was “severely flawed”, according to the special counsel, who recognized that this failure to meet its responsibility to the public had caused “severe damage” to the agency’s reputation.

In his day, Barr opened the investigation after Trump insisted that his campaign was the object of spying ahead of the 2016 election by US intelligence under orders from then-President Barack Obama.

As such, the Justice Department conducted its own investigation, as this alleged spying would have been done by the FBI, an agency with which Trump has been very critical since coming to power.

With this questioning, Trump intended to get to the root of the so-called “Russian conspiracy” investigation led by Robert Mueller, which plagued him during the first two years of his presidency and which concluded in March 2019. Neither he nor anyone around him worked with the Kremlin to win the 2016 elections.

Following the publication of the report, Trump’s response was immediate and in a message on his social network Truth, the former president said that Americans have been “ripped off.”

“Wow! After an extensive investigation, Special Counsel John Durham concluded that the FBI should never have launched the Trump-Russia investigation! In other words, the American public was deceived, as it is now, by those Gone who didn’t want to see the greatness of America!” He said.

In a statement, the FBI assured this Monday that its leadership “has already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which are long in progress” in response to Durham’s censured behavior.

The note said that if “those reforms” were in place in 2016, the “missteps” identified in the report could have been prevented.

Since Republicans gained majority control of the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections last November, they have launched a legislative investigation denouncing the manipulation of federal agencies such as the FBI to coerce them into political service. ends.

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