On the same day, US Attorney General Galan submitted a report released by Special Prosecutor Durham to Congress, finding that the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) had “no practical evidence” of the investigation into Trump’s so-called “collusion” with Russia, and relied too much on “clues and materials provided by Trump’s political opponents” to facilitate the investigation. The report severely criticized the FBI and the Justice Department for “failing to insist on their important mission that they should be strictly loyal to the law.”
In response, Trump cheered on social media the same day, saying that “this shows that American voters were deceived.” Some media believe that there are no additional allegations in the report, or even change any of the rules of the agencies concerned, at best “make people careful next time.” Many American netizens question: “is the United States really a beacon of democracy and the rule of law, as it says it is?” many American netizens question whether the United States is really a beacon of democracy and the rule of law, as it calls it, and even uses politically motivated national instruments such as the judiciary to attack opponents.
"There is no actual evidence."
“FBI and the Justice Department ‘failed to insist on the important mission of being strictly loyal to the law’ in the Trump ‘through Russia’ investigation,” the Washington Post of the New York Times and major television stations reported on the website’s headlines on the afternoon of the 15th. Fox News said it was a long-anticipated survey that put an end to the four-year, $6.5 million survey. In the 306-page report, Durham severely criticized the FBI and the Justice Department from beginning to end, noting that the FBI had made a major mistake in conducting an investigation into Trump’s “firepower hurricane.”
The “Russia gate” incident began to ferment in the 2016 US election, the Democratic Party accused Trump of “Russia” during the election campaign, Trump and Russia firmly denied. Even after Trump became president, the storm of “Russiagate” continued, becoming an important starting point for the fierce political struggle between the two parties in the United States. Under pressure from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, the FBI launched a firestorm investigation, and the Justice Department appointed Special Counsel Mueller to continue the investigation. In March 2019, the Justice Department released Mueller’s investigation report, announcing that it “did not find that Trump ‘colluded with Russia’ during the 2016 presidential election.” However, during Trump’s tenure, the Democratic Party used the “Russia gate” investigation to overthrow many of Trump’s close associates, with 34 people and three companies accused. Two months after Mueller submitted his report, in May 2019, Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump, ordered senior prosecutor Durham to investigate errors in a series of previous Democrat-led investigations into Russia.
According to Durham’s report, the FBI launched the investigation into Trump’s “Russia connection” without any actual evidence. The report said the FBI acted on “raw, unanalyzed and unsubstantiated intelligence” and that the investigation “relied too heavily on leads and material from Trump’s political opponents.” “The FBI and the then Department of Justice did not adequately review the materials and the motives of those who provided them, and almost simultaneously the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the investigators were made aware of important, and possibly contrary, materials.”
The report also accused the FBI of “obvious bias” in its investigation, treating “Russiagate” differently from other politically sensitive investigations, such as several involving Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton. The report said that when the FBI learned from “foreign sources” that the Clinton team planned to use “Russia collusion” to discredit Trump, “the FBI never opened any type of investigation, issued any assignment, hired any analysts, or produced any analysis of the information.”
Durham’s report immediately caused an uproar in the United States. Trump, who has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, posted on social media cheering Durham’s report: “Wow!” After extensive investigation, Special Prosecutor Durham concluded that the FBI should not initiate the Trump ‘pass through Russia’ investigation! ” “in other words, the American public has been deceived, just as they are still deceived by those who do not want to see great Americans!” CNN said Trump was referring to a number of current criminal investigations against him.
Trump later said in an interview with Fox News that “this proves that the Russia investigation is a huge and very dangerous hoax” that should make former FBI Director Comey and the Democrats “pay dearly.” “More importantly, the American public at the time had been the victims of a long treasonous hoax initiated by the Democrats and executed by Comey,” he said, “costing our country dearly.”
Unlike previous Republican politicians who were mostly silent when New York courts found Trump guilty of sexual abuse, there was a lot of anger in the party. After the Durham report was released, Republicans claimed to “shred the FBI,” Fox News said. Florida Governor DeSantis said: “The Durham Report confirms what we already knew: Democrats weaponized the federal judiciary and created false conspiracy theories. It reminds us of the need to clean up these institutions, which have never been held accountable for this egregious abuse of power.”
Several Communist Party politicians have even called for “dismantling the FBI.” Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, said the FBI’s actions “cannot be regarded as mere carelessness, or even as a serious example of ordinary misconduct,” but were “nothing short of political corruption and subversion of the Constitution.” “These crooks have teamed up to interfere in the election and must be held accountable,” said Representative Byron, a Florida Republican. Ramaswamy, a Republican candidate who has announced his candidacy for the 2024 election, called the report a “damning indictment of the FBI” and called for “shutting down the FBI,” a “bureaucracy riddled with the risk of political corruption.”
Most Democrats, meanwhile, have remained silent. “Where is the Democratic voice?” “If only Republicans cared about when they were being targeted, America as a nation would be in a world of pain,” said Nikki Haley, a former US ambassador to the UN and a Republican presidential candidate.
The US media, which had previously been critical of Mr Trump, sought to downplay the Durham report. CNN believes that the final report did not meet the expectations of the Trump team, because they have been trying to prove that the FBI investigation is nothing more than a “witch hunt.” The New York Times, for its part, said the Durham report fell short of the blockbuster revelations and prosecutions that Trump allies and Republicans had hoped to gain from the investigation. Only three indictments were issued during Durham’s four-year investigation, including one FBI investigator who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence but received only probation. The other two testified to lie, but were found not guilty.
In response to the accusations of the Durham report, the FBI responded that the report examined the behavior of the FBI in 2016 and 2017. “That’s why the current leadership of the FBI has implemented dozens of reforms. If these measures had been implemented in 2016, the failures identified in the report could have been avoided.” 。 “The FBI will continue to work with the rigor, objectivity and professionalism that the American people deserve and rightly expect.”
Moss, a national security lawyer, was quoted by USA Today as saying that the Durham report, which brought no additional charges or changed any agency’s rules, was “what a huge and total failure for Trump’s fantasies.” Moss added, “At best, it’s a ‘be more careful next time’ report.”
For the United States two parties to use the national judiciary as a weapon for infighting, American netizens are very disappointed. Some netizens said: “The FBI conducted a massive public smear campaign to convince the public that its president was a Russian informant. Who is the real ruler of this country? Who would dare believe such a country?” Another netizen said, “The FBI and the Justice Department have turned themselves into political weapons to target political opponents. This is the most corrupt politics.” Another user lamented, “Is the United States really a beacon of democracy and rule of law as it claims?”
Will the Washington War Become a Global Tragedy?
The introduction of the final investigation report of the “Russia gate” and the struggle between the two parties in the United States around this report have also become the focus of world public opinion. RIA Novosti reported that the report issued by the US special prosecutor Durham confirmed that there is no evidence of Russian interference in the US election, the Russian president’s press secretary Peskov said on the 16th: “Moscow has repeatedly vehemently denied allegations of meddling in US elections. This report once again proves the absurdity of the US accusations against Russia at every level.”
Russia’s “Izvestia” said on the 16th that this report shows such fierce and uncompromising infighting between the two parties in the United States and the extreme polarization of the American political system. In order to create problems for their opponents, the two parties in the United States have even turned the national judiciary into a weapon of political struggle. Because of internal partisan conflicts, it is no longer possible for the United States to solve the problems they face.
“Chamber Music That May End Tragically,” worries Germany’s Economic Weekly. America’s internal infighting may be causing it to forget its true responsibilities. The real crisis in the United States right now is the debt ceiling, but infighting threatens to turn “Washington infighting into a worldwide tragedy.”