Durham report reveals FBI lead agent Strzok kept Clinton campaign origin of anti-Trump investigation hidden from other agents

May 18, 2023
Ben Marquis

Among the many damning revelations in Special Counsel John Durham's final report about the origins of the FBI's anti-Trump investigations of 2016-2017 was that the entire hoax was concocted deliberately by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign to falsely smear Republican nominee Donald Trump.

That information was known by FBI lead agent Peter Strzok but was kept hidden from the investigators working under him, according to BizPacReview.

In fact, the Durham report exposed how senior FBI officials, as well as other senior Obama administration officials, were all made aware early on that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was entirely made up by the Clinton campaign but kept that information to themselves and instead supported and perpetuated the anti-Trump effort based on false allegations.

Clinton's campaign concocted the whole thing

According to Fox News, the Durham report highlighted several examples of the FBI's disparate treatment of the Clinton and Trump campaigns, essentially taking a hands-off approach toward Clinton while doggedly pursuing Trump.

One such instance involved the FBI's senior leadership essentially ignoring "a trusted foreign source pointing to a Clinton campaign plan to vilify Trump by tying him to Vladimir Putin so as to divert attention from her concerns relating to her use of a private email server."

"Unlike the FBI's opening of a full investigation of unknown members of the Trump campaign based on raw, uncorroborated information, in this separate matter involving a purported Clinton campaign plan, the FBI never opened any type of inquiry, issued any taskings, employed any analytical personnel, or produced any analytical products in connection with the information," the report continued.

Durham's report revealed, "This lack of action was despite the fact that the significance of the Clinton plan intelligence was such as to have prompted the Director of the CIA to brief the President, Vice President, Attorney General, Director of the FBI, and other senior government officials about its content within days of its receipt."

Origin of anti-Trump allegations kept hidden from agents

Per the Daily Wire, Durham's report stated, "In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee."

Then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed senior officials in the White House on the Clinton plan -- including then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden -- and on September 7, 2016, also sent a memo to then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Strzok to inform him of the Clinton campaign's plan to falsely smear Trump as well.

However, per the report, Strzok kept that rather relevant information to himself and never shared it with the agents and employees under him who'd been tasked with investigating the facially absurd and unbelievable allegations against Trump, with some of them only learning of the informative CIA memo to Strzok while being interviewed by Durham's team of investigators and expressing "surprise and dismay" at that revelation.

"For example, the original Supervisory Special Agent on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, Supervisory Special Agent-1, reviewed the intelligence during one of his interviews with the Office," the report noted.

"After reading it, Supervisory Special Agent-I became visibly upset and emotional, left the interview room with his counsel, and subsequently returned to state emphatically that he had never been apprised of the Clinton Plan intelligence and had never seen the aforementioned Referral Memo," the report continued. "Supervisory Special Agent-1 expressed a sense of betrayal that no one had informed him of the intelligence."

Trump's presidency could have played out differently if agents knew the probe was a hoax

The Daily Wire noted that Durham's report revealed that many of the FBI agents and employees tasked with pursuing the allegations against Trump knew that there was nothing factual to undergird them but were told to shut up and keep looking by superiors when they would raise such concerns or ask questions about why things weren't adding up.

Had those agents positively known at the time that the entire thing was a fraudulent hoax cooked up by the Clinton campaign, it is possible that alarms could have been sounded and whistles blown to expose the true provenance of the anti-Trump scheme, which would undoubtedly have substantially altered history and Trump's presidency in myriad ways.

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