FBI Shouldn’t Have Launched Full Investigation into Trump’s Campaign Says Special Counsel Durham

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Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on June 21, Special Counsel John Durham said the FBI should not have launched a full investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign based on unverified intelligence.  When the FBI received word from Australian officials in July 2016 that Russia had suggested to Trump’s campaign team it could help release information damaging to Democrats, the agency decided to open a full investigation within three days.  Durham said, “Based on our investigation, it is not a legitimate basis to open a full investigation.” The FBI failed to interview the Australian diplomat, failed to check its own databases or the other intelligence agencies’ databases, as well as neglecting other typical actions before launching a full investigation.  Durham said the FBI should have begun with opening a preliminary investigation or starting an assessment.