The FBI disregarded information the CIA received in 2016 that showed Hillary Clinton had approved a scheme to associate then-candidate Donald Trump with Russia, according to Special Counsel John Durham’s testimony on Wednesday.
Just weeks after publishing a report stating that the Justice Department and FBI never should have started the Trump-Russia investigation, Durham spoke in public for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Durham claimed that the FBI “sufficiently scrutinize information it received” and didn’t “apply the same standards to allegations it received about the Clinton and Trump campaigns.”
“The FBI was too willing to accept and use politically funded and uncorroborated opposition research, such as the Steele dossier. The FBI relied on the dossier and FISA applications, knowing there was likely material originating from a political campaign or political opponent.” he continued.
Durham added that the agency “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.”
Durham’s lengthy House hearing included a prolonged public hearing during which he defended the years-long investigation he conducted.