Sen. Ted Cruz is trumpeting his take on the conclusions of Special Counsel John Durham‘s report on “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 — and the possibility that members of Donald Trump‘s campaign team had colluded with Russian actors.
Durham’s four-year investigation yielded little in the way of finding crimes, with Durham himself writing in the report’s introduction that “not every injustice or transgression amounts to a criminal offense.”
Durham did conclude that the FBI should have launched a preliminary investigation (PI) rather than a full investigation (FI) into the matter based on the evidence it had. That conclusion has been interpreted by Cruz, Lindsey Graham and others that, as Cruz puts it, the “whole thing was a crock.”
Those who don’t believe it was a crock, like Rep. Adam Schiff, interpret the Durham findings differently — saying Durham’s investigation was “flawed from the start” and maintaining that myriad links between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives were only emphasized, not denied, by Durham’s investigation, as well as the Mueller investigation that preceded it.
The Durham investigation was flawed from the start.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 16, 2023
It began for a political purpose – to satisfy Trump. It resulted in two spectacular failures at trial. And ended with nothing to show for four years of effort.
Bottom line: FBI had a good reason to investigate – Durham didn’t. pic.twitter.com/kK8sBddGVf
Schiff’s interpretation poses an obstacle for Cruz’s claim that Durham’s conclusion provides vindication and cover for Trump and others, including Russia.
Cruz’s take has been issued mostly on his own podcast and places like NewsMax, but Fox & Friends just gave the Senator a chance to promote his Durham views on its platform, and Cruz savagely attacked California Rep. Schiff, who his now running for Senate.
Reminder: The garbage Steele Dossier was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. pic.twitter.com/n7yIREfMHL— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 19, 2023
[Note: Schiff and Cruz are both graduates of Harvard Law School.]
See above as an animated Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, not a law school graduate, begins the segment by saying how “very readable” the Durham report is, while lamenting how “people’s interpretation is really off, one of which is Adam Schiff, who should realize there’s no collusion…”
Cruz takes his cue and savagely attacks Schiff who he says has “prospered by trafficking in lies on a daily basis.” Note: as always, with a Ted Cruz post, the droll mocking comments are worth visiting.