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Durham Shreds Democrats at House Hearing, Especially Adam Schiff

Durham Shreds Democrats at House Hearing, Especially Adam Schiff

Durham reminded Schiff he fell for a prank that promised him dirt on Trump from a foreign government.

Special Counsel John Durham did not hold back when he testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his devastating report regarding Trump-Russia allegations in 2016.

Durham’s opening statement:

DURHAM: Our findings were sobering. I tell you, after having spent 40 years-plus as a federal prosecutor, they were particularly sobering for me and a number of my colleagues who have spent decades in the FBI themselves, they were sobering.

While I’m encouraged by some of the reforms that have been implemented by the FBI, the problems identified in this report, anybody who actually reads this report, the details of the report, the documented portions of the report, I think will find the problems identified in the report are not susceptible to overnight fixes.

As we said in the report, it can not be addressed solely by enhancing training or additional policy requirements. Rather, what is required is accountability, both in terms of the standards by which our law enforcement personnel hold themselves and in the consequences they face for violations of laws and policies of relevance.

Red Flags

Durham said that the FBI missed “significant red flags” because of bias:

DURHAM: “Confirmation bias, as it was alluded to, has to do with our human tendency to accept things that we already think are true and to reject anything else. In this instance, there are any number of significant red flags that were raised, that were simply ignored. If there’s evidence that was inconsistent with the narrative, they didn’t pay attention to it. They didn’t explore it. They didn’t take the logical investigative steps that should have been taken.”

Comey Kept Everyone in the Dark

Former FBI Director James Comey didn’t share anything with anyone:

JORDAN: “Did Director Comey share that memorandum with the FISA court?”
DURHAM: “I’m — I’m sorry, can you –”
JORDAN: “Did he share that memorandum with the FISA court? Did Director Comey do that?”
DURHAM: “I’m not aware of if he did.”
JORDAN: “Did he share it with the — with the lawyers preparing the FISA application?”
DURHAM: “Not to my knowledge.”
JORDAN: “Did he share it with the agents on the case, working the Crossfire Hurricane case?”

FBI Agents Apologized

Durham reminded everyone that there are good people in the FBI:

DURHAM: “Well, let me — let me give you some real life views on that. I have had any number of FBI agents who I’ve worked with over the years, some of whom are retired, some are still in place, who have come to me and apologize for the manner in which that investigation was undertaken. I take that seriously. These are good, hard working majority of people in the FBI.”

Told Off Adam Schiff

Sniveling pursed lips Adam Schiff thought he was being clever, as he always does. He thought he could catch Durham off guard because no one ever contacts candidates about dirt on their opponent:

DURHAM: “Sir, people get phone calls all the time from individuals who claim to have information like that.”
SCHIFF: “Really? The son of a presidential candidate gets calls all the time from a foreign government offering dirt on their opponent? Is that what you’re saying?”
DURHAM: “I don’t think this is unique in your experience.”


In 2018, Schiff and his staff fell for a trick by Russian comedians. They promised they had dirt on Trump from a foreign government:

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him ‘compromising’ dirt on Donald Trump – including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star. can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the ‘classified’ material promised on the call.

On an audio recording of the prank call posted online, Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

The call, made a year ago, was actually from two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John.

Its existence was first reported by The Atlantic but not how a staff member working for the minority on the House Intelligence Committee pursued the information after the call.

Schiff’s office said the congressman suspected the call was ‘bogus’ from the beginning and reported it to authorities afterward.

But in a recording of the eight minute conversation, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously – or at least played along convincingly – and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it ‘productive’.

Hank ‘Guam Will Capsize’ Johnson

Then there’s Hank Johnson, who had no idea the point of Durham’s investigation.

Johnson, who once thought Guam would tip over, thought Durham investigated….Hunter:

JOHNSON: “And to the extreme disappointment of some on this panel your investigation failed to produce indictments against Hillary Clinton, correct?”
DURHAM: “That’s correct.”
JOHNSON: “Didn’t indict Barack Obama.”
DURHAM: “That’s correct.”
JOHNSON: “Didn’t indict Joe Biden.”
DURHAM: “That’s correct.”
JOHNSON: “Couldn’t even indict Hunter Biden, correct?”
DURHAM: “We didn’t investigate Mr. Hunter Biden.”

It gets worse:

JOHNSON: “Let me ask you this, Mr. Durham. You closed your investigation after you failed to find that the FBI investigation into Putin’s interference in the 2016 election was politically motivated and was a deep state conspiracy against ex-President Trump. You are unable to prove that that was true. And so you –“
DURHAM: “That isn’t what we — that is not what I was investigating.”
JOHNSON: “Well, but you did not find it that was true. Correct? You found it to be false as a matter of fact.”
DURHAM: “If you — if you had a chance –“
JOHNSON: “Isn’t that correct.”
DURHAM: “– if you had a chance to read the report, the report in fact –“
JOHNSON: “Well, I did.”

Durham Doesn’t Like Politicians

By the way, Durham doesn’t care what others think about him…especially politicians:

COHEN: “You have a good reputation. You had a good reputation, that’s why the two Democrats supported you. But the longer you hold on to Mr. Barr, and this report that Mr. Barr gave you as special counsel, your reputation will be damaged. As everybody’s reputation who gets involved with Donald Trump is damaged, he’s damaged goods, there’s no good dealing with him because you will end up on the bottom of a pyre. I yield back the balance of my time.”
JORDAN: “Sure.”
DURHAM: “My –”
JORDAN: “Can we presume the gentleman is undecided on — on how he feels about the former president? Gentlemen, witness can respond.”
DURHAM: “Yeah. My concern about my reputation is with the — the people who I respect and my family and my Lord. And I’m perfectly comfortable with my reputation with them, sir.”


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JOHNSON: “Couldn’t even indict Hunter Biden, correct?”

DURHAM: “We didn’t investigate him, but the good news is, the last we checked, Guam had not yet capsized.”

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Peabody. | June 21, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    I saw SchiffLess on Twitter, he is so much worse that shiftless.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Peabody. | June 22, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Well, Johnson has learned from what he’s seen…

    – What’s the point of a sham investigation, if it doesn’t lead to a show trial?

    – What’s the point of a show trial, if it doesn’t lead to conviction?

    – What’s the point off a conviction, it it doesn’t trigger draconian consequences, pours encourage les autres?

    – Why start any of that unless you know it’s gonna lead to the whole thing?

    Poor Johnson is confused by an on-point actual investigation that leads where the facts go.

Took his sweet time didn’t he, to find the FBI had fucked about quite a lot.

Burn it all to the ground.

“…and in the consequences they face for violations of laws and policies of relevance.”

But no one is ever held to account. Are they? In a just world, Lois Lerner would be in prison for the next 30 years. Same for Andrew McCabe, but instead, he wins back his pension after being fired.

In a just world, John Brennan, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Adam Schiff, Nanny Pelosi, and even Barry Obama would be rotting on death row awaiting execution* for treason against the USA by weaponizing the justice dept. against a political rival.

* after a fair trial, of course

But no one is ever held to account – for anything. EVUH. Are they?

Hey. How ’bout all those J-6ers rotting in the D.C. dungeon for non-violent trespassing?

    txvet2 in reply to LB1901. | June 21, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Doing something you don’t like to somebody you do like doesn’t constitute the crime of treason. Neither does “weaponizing the DOJ” against somebody.

    18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    That’s it. That’s all of it. In a just world, they might be in jail for any of a number of crimes like perjury or taking bribes or other malfeasance, but treason isn’t apparently one of them. Now if you were talking about the Bidens, you might be able to make a case, given their ties to China and Ukraine. Curious that you omitted them.

    Naturally, none of this has anything to do with the Jan 6 political prisoners. They should have been pardoned immediately by the then president – but they weren’t. Funny his name never comes up.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to txvet2. | June 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      Taking money from China of classified documents, or perhaps to allow surveillance balloon’s, or to cripple oil production to name just a few. There are lots more like Hillary and sale of nuclear assets. There is treason here, we need to get busy and see to those receiving the max penalty.

        txvet2 in reply to JohnSmith100. | June 22, 2023 at 3:16 pm

        There is evidence of treason for some actors, but not necessarily the few he named. If he’d accused them of sedition, I wouldn’t have argued with him (except for Obama – as president, it would be hard to make a case for it), but treason and sedition are two entirely different things.

Oh great, I’m so happy that this bald RINO piece of crap is SHREDDING them in a HEARING!

I mean he ran out the clock for statute of limitations, refused to issue subpoenas to force all of the principle actors like Comey, McCabe or Strzok to actually be questioned under oath, made not a single referral for prosecution, and couldn’t even bring himself to recommend PROCEDURAL CHANGES to how the DoJ and FBI function.

But thank God he SHREDDED them with some real zingers!!!! America is saved!!!

I am so sick of this RINO theatre crap. Durham is a JOKE.

    Victor Immature in reply to Olinser. | June 22, 2023 at 5:52 am

    Beltway dinner theater.

    This type of thing is little more than self-important grandstanding.

The FBI who apologized to him should have been apologizing to Trump and the American people for staging a soft coup along that Obama and Hillary were planning. It’s disgraceful, and they should all be fired for their parts in the hoax.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to wendybar. | June 21, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Once again, this was not a hoax, it was criminal racketeering striking at the fabric of our democracy. It involves people promoting interests of China and others. It is treason.

Durham is being way too nice.
He claimed confirmation bias is the reason why they failed to follow obvious signs that didn’t fit the narrative.
I honestly don’t see any reason to believe it was confirmation bias rather than deliberate.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to SDWilson. | June 21, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    How many politicians are actually “nice”, I have known a few. Most are really smooth talking cons, shiny on the surface, putrid when scratched.

    Olinser in reply to SDWilson. | June 22, 2023 at 3:13 am

    He’s not being ‘nice’.


Ann in L.A. | June 21, 2023 at 7:01 pm

I’m all for the show he’s putting on, but there’s something off about his claim to want accountability.

In a real sense he *was* the accountability. He was the guy appointed to find out what happened and bring charges against those who broke the law. Now, he could claim that a D.C. court would never convict anyone who was working against Trump, but he didn’t even try.

He punted. He’s the reason there will never be accountability. When he could have gone to war, he raised the white flag.

E Howard Hunt | June 21, 2023 at 9:01 pm

Deep state saboteurs are now on notice! If they try this again a belated report carrying no consequences and read by nobody will be issued and reported on for a couple of days by one or two news outlets.

No offense but Gaetz nailed it, Bar bondo’ed it over and Durham painted it!

It is disappointing that he did not subpoena the culprits, many of whom acted unlawfully.

If nothing else, he could have confronted them with their false statements and put them on record. Maybe a perjury trap or two.

I have had any number of FBI agents who I’ve worked with over the years, some of whom are retired, some are still in place, who have come to me and apologize for the manner in which that investigation was undertaken. I take that seriously. These are good, hard working majority of people in the FBI.”
Probably count them on the fingers of one hand of the blind guy working the table saw.

Meh. No excitement without indictments.

inspectorudy | June 22, 2023 at 11:07 am

From the answers that Durham has given to these absurd questions explains why his report is just a collection of near misses. He doesn’t seem to be very strong on anything. If it had been me I would have used stronger words than he did and his report is the same. He failed to name the people involved and what crime they committed. It was like a general report that told us what happened but with no details. This was SEDITION plain and simple and we got ZERO convictions of anyone except a lowly FBI lawyer.

ChrisPeters | June 22, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Unless there are REAL CONSEQUENCES for malicious behavior in government, it will continue.

Congressional hearings, no matter how revealing, no matter how fiery, will accomplish nothing until meaningful punishments result.