Raskin slams Durham probe as a 'total flop,' asks Weaponization subcommittee to investigate origins | Fox News


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Raskin slams Durham probe as a 'total flop,' asks Weaponization subcommittee to investigate origins | Fox News
Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin eviscerated Special Counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe as a "total flop," urging the House Subcommittee on Weaponization to "investigate" the "abusive ways" the special counsel team keeps "pressing" for information.

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Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin on Thursday eviscerated Special Counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe as a "total flop" and urged the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Weaponization to investigate the "abusive ways" the special counsel team keeps pressing for information.

During the subcommittee's first hearing Thursday, the Maryland Democrat said it was the Trump administration that weaponized the federal government and argued that former President Donald Trump fired inspectors general and appointed Bill Barr as attorney general, who Raskin said "worked to kill" investigations that were unflattering to Trump.

Raskin said Barr's appointment of Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI's original investigation against Trump, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was another example of the GOP's weaponization of the Justice Department.


Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said it's Republicans who have weaponized the government, not Democrats.(AP Photo / Andrew Harnik / File)

"Consider the John Durham investigation," Raskin said during the hearing Thursday. "At the urging of Republicans, including the good chairman [Jim Jordan], the John Durham special counsel investigation was set up in 2019 by Barr to try to find wrongdoing by intelligence or law enforcement agencies in the origins of the Mueller investigation."

"After four years and millions of dollars spent, the Durham investigation closed as a total flop without unearthing anything like the deep-state conspiracy that Republicans have been denouncing around here for years," Raskin said, adding that Durham "couldn't find anything of substance to it."



Special Counsel John Durham(Reuters / Julia Nikhinson / File)

"Yet Barr and Durham kept pressing in clearly abusive ways," Raskin continued. "I hope your subcommittee will investigate."

Raskin slammed Republicans by saying they want Durham to "keep this wild goose chase going today."

The Durham probe was launched in part because after nearly two years, Mueller's investigation into Trump yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election.



Attorney General Bill Barr looks on during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Dec. 21, 2020.(Michael Reynolds / Pool / AFP via Getty Images / File)

House Republicans are unlikely to take up Raskin's suggestion, but Senate Democrats said last month that they plan to investigate "alleged misconduct" by Durham as he conducts his investigation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., referenced a New York Times report that included details about the opening of and actions taken during the investigation led by Durham after he was appointed by Barr, which Durbin framed as "abuses of power."


Michael Sussmann(Reuters / Julia Nikhinson / File)

"These reports about abuses in Special Counsel Durham's investigation - so outrageous that even his longtime colleagues quit in protest - are but one of many instances where former President Trump and his allies weaponized the Justice Department," Durbin said. "As we wait for the results of ongoing internal reviews, the Senate Judiciary Committee will do its part and take a hard look at these repeated episodes, and the regulations and policies that enabled them, to ensure such abuses of power cannot happen again."

Durham has been investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe since the spring of 2019.



Igor Danchenko(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / File)

In October 2020, Barr appointed Durham as special counsel to ensure that he would be able to continue his investigative work - regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.


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1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

Even Fox News is condemning the Durham Probe!


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2  Ronin2    one month ago

Raskin needs to pull his head out of his fourth point of contact. Just like every other Democrat.

When it comes to worthless investigations violating all norms Democrats set the standard over the last 6 years.

Eat The Press Do Not Read It
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2.1  Eat The Press Do Not Read It  replied to  Ronin2 @2    one month ago

Oh, girl, I assume you are female, if not, I apologize. Hate, anger, and inflexibility are what is holding humanity back. You write with wit, but talk only of fire. The world is not totally wicked, nor our democrats.

Maga Re-Puritans I am not sure about. Give anger a break. Embrace life, and the light of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Bob Nelson
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3  Bob Nelson    one month ago

The evidence of FBI / CIA misbehavior must exist. We know that because we know the misbehavior existed. We know the misbehavior existed because WE KNOW IT. Proof is nothing next to certainty.

Eat The Press Do Not Read It
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3.1  Eat The Press Do Not Read It  replied to  Bob Nelson @3    one month ago

Yes, we sense it, feel it, have seen evidence of some of it, but the case needs to be made packed with provable evidence, convictions, penalties, and recommendations to prevent this from ever happening again.


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