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Kudlow: Durham's Report Exposes Washington, D.C.'s Massive Corruption And Unbelievable Russian Hoax


First, I want to weigh in on the incredible Russian hoax and across-the-board corruption throughout Washington, D.C., that was unmasked by John Durham’s incredibly comprehensive report released last evening.

This is a story of corruption on a grand scale in a Democratic administration in the White House, in the press, in the FBI, in the CIA, in the Department of Justice, and on and on. A Wall Street Journal editorial titled “Why the Durham Report Matters to Democracy” is recommended reading. It’s worth it.

I’m not going to go through everything, and I’m sure there’s a lot that you have seen and heard in the last 24 hours, but when we ran the headline last night — “John Durham finds DOJ, FBI ‘failed to uphold’ mission of ‘strict fidelity to the law’ in Trump-Russia probe” — I had no idea how incredibly true and broad-based the charges were.

Special Counsel John Durham absolutely torched the FBI and the justice department. In fact, Mr. Durham concludes that there was essentially no basis for any investigation. There was never any actual evidence of collusion between President Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Let me just repeat that: The Durham report says the FBI lacked any actual evidence of collusion between Mr. Trump, his campaign, and Russia. In fact, the Journal suggests that the whole biased FBI probe may have started as a Russian intelligence operation.

Now, as someone who has followed these Russian hoax goings on while in office and since, I did not know that as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton had approved a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to deliberately attack Mr. Trump by creating a phony scandal regarding Russia. According to the Journal editorial today, a former CIA director, John Brennan, offered briefings on this to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the FBI director, James Comey.

They all heard about this phony campaign, and then the FBI refused to act either on this phony campaign or later on the phony Steele dossier — remember Mr. Steele was working for the Clinton campaign. So… Mr. Obama knew, Mr. Biden knew, Mrs. Clinton knew, Ms. Lynch knew, Mr. Comey knew, and Mr. Brennan knew that this was a phony operation from Day 1 — a campaign plan. Maybe some of you knew about these meetings but I hadn’t read this before and I’m astonished.

Mr. Durham’s report chronicles just how biased toward the left the FBI was, including bringing materials to the FISA court that the FBI knew were phony, as well as other pro-left water-carrying by discredited FBI people including Kevin Clinesmith, Lisa Page and her boyfriend Peter Strzok, and, of course, the mainstream press going along with all this every step of the way. Pulitzer Prizes were won, but they all ought to be given back.

An important point: The current FBI director, Christopher Wray, has essentially acknowledged the FBI’s corruption by telling Congress that the agency has implemented dozens of so-called corrective actions, but as Mr. Durham points out it really comes down to the integrity of the people who take the oath of service. Mr. Durham calls for a renewed fidelity to the FBI’s guiding principles.

If you go back and just think about all the wasted time and money, with an actual impeachment dealing with layers and layers of phony evidence and assertions, of course Mr. Trump was exonerated. Yet the far-left Democrats continued to talk about the Russian hoax, and that of course bled into the Ukrainian hoax and any number of anti-Trump actions that still go on to this very day.

I’m not saying the former president is or was perfect, but I am saying his accusers were utterly, totally, and completely wrong on this Russian hoax business. There ought to be a law against this sort of nonsense. How and why none of the purveyors of the Russian hoax are behind bars is a mystery to me — I guess you can’t be jailed for bad judgment, but, then again, a lot of people were lying under oath and still do to this day.

The whole Robert Mueller episode was a complete farce. Mr. Comey was a self-righteous fool, but you look at the roster of officials who were in some shape or form part of this — from Mr. Obama, Mr. Biden, their attorney general, and now CIA director — and I mean it just boggles the mind. Criminal abuse of power up and down the line during the Obama days.

Mr. Trump, looking at all this, would like to see a lot more justice brought to the gang of dirty political tricksters who perpetrated this nonsense on him and his administration. Frankly, who can blame him?

I’ll just quote from the Wall Street Journal editorial today talking about the collusion of the press corps: “… it’s a major reason that much of the country believes nothing it reads or hears about Donald Trump.”

Yet the ever energetic Mr. Trump is working hard to dispel these doubts and move forward on his Make America Great future agenda.

Meanwhile, my last point is an incredulous: “There they go again.” The IRS on Monday removed the entire investigative team from its tax fraud probe of Hunter Biden, acting on the orders of the Merrick Garland justice department. Really?

Pulling the IRS off of the Hunter Biden tax fraud and lord knows what other alleged schemes he was engaged in that would include taxable transactions and events: Did you say it was done by the Biden justice department? What a shocker.

Nothing seems to have changed in Washington, and that’s why it’s easy to say: Save America. Clean. The. Swamp.

From Mr. Kudlow’s broadcast on Fox Business News.

Larry Kudlow was the Director of the National Economic Council under President Trump from 2018-2021. His Fox Business show "Kudlow" airs at 4 p.m &. and his radio show airs on 770 ABC from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.