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Did the FBI ignore Hillary Clinton’s plan to link Trump to Russia?

In a riveting development on Wednesday, Special Counsel John Durham put forth a claim that the CIA had come across intelligence in 2016 suggesting Hillary Clinton had concocted a plan to associate then-presidential candidate Donald Trump with Russia—a piece of intelligence that, according to Durham, was overlooked by the FBI.

Durham’s explosive testimony regarding the FBI

Durham’s explosive testimony came to light before the House Judiciary Committee weeks after his report stated that the Justice Department and the FBI were wrong for initializing the Trump-Russia investigation.

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In response to queries about his discoveries, Durham maintained, “The FBI was too willing to accept and use politically funded and uncorroborated opposition research, such as the Steele dossier,” adding that “The FBI relied on the dossier and FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) applications, knowing there was likely material originating from a political campaign or political opponent.”

FBI and CIA ignored intelligence briefings

He further highlighted that the bureau “did so even after the president of the United States, the FBI and CIA directors and others received briefings about intelligence suggesting that there was a Clinton campaign plan underway to stir up a scandal tying Trump to Russia.”

The hearing was used by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, as an opportunity to probe into the so-called “Clinton Plan Intelligence”, which was never divulged to the FBI Crossfire Hurricane team investigating a potential Trump-Russia conspiracy.

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Directing his inquiry at Durham, Jordan asked, “Can you tell the committee what happened when you took that referral memo and shared it with one of those agents, specifically Supervisory Special Agent Number 1?”

Durham responded, “We interviewed the first supervisor of the Crossfire investigation, the operational person. We showed him the intelligence information and he indicated he had never seen it before.”

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Upon receiving this information, agent Joe Pientka, according to Durham, “immediately became emotional, got up and left the room with his lawyer, spent some time in the hallway, and came back.”

Jordan, interpreting Pientka’s reaction, remarked, “He was ticked off, wasn’t he? He was ticked off because this is something he should have had as an agent on the case — important information that the director of the FBI kept from the people doing the investigation.”

Durham simply responded with, “The information was kept from him.”

Both Obama and Biden were briefed in 2016

Durham revealed that then-CIA Director John Brennan had “realized the significance” of this intelligence in July 2016 and had promptly briefed then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, among other top national security officials.

In Durham’s report, the FBI was criticized for its inaction on what he believed should have been a clear warning sign that the bureau was potentially being used to manipulate the law enforcement process for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election.

FBI should have acted on the information

Durham’s report stated, “Whether or not the Clinton plan intelligence was based on reliable or unreliable information, or was ultimately true or false it, it should have prompted FBI personnel to immediately undertake an analysis of the information and to act with far greater care and caution when receiving, analyzing, and relying upon materials of partisan origins, such as the Steele Reports, and the Alfa Bank allegations.”

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Durham’s public testimony formed part of an extensive House hearing, during which he defended the integrity of his lengthy investigation, insisting “at no time and in no sense did we act with a purpose to further partisan or political ends.”

The findings are ‘serious,’ and the American public needs to know

“If someone suggests otherwise, that’s simply untrue and offensive,” Durham countered. He added that his findings are “serious” and “deserve attention from the American public and its representatives.”

He added, “To me, it matters not whether it was a Republican campaign or a Democrat campaign.”

“The law ought to apply to everybody in the same way,” Durham affirmed.

Democrats utilized the hearing as a platform to voice their criticisms of Durham, some even labeling him a “political hack” and cautioning that his reputation was “damaged” due to his involvement with Donald Trump.