Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is furious with Special Counsel John Durham’s final report and is calling for action to be taken to reign in the powers of the FBI.
As Slay News reported, Durham’s explosive report revealed that former FBI Director James Comey knew the Trump-Russia story was a hoax that was invented by Hillary Clinton but he still pursued investigations into the false claims.
According to Durham’s findings, Comey was briefed on Hillary Clinton’s plan to falsely link Trump to Russia in August 2016, just weeks before the presidential election.
Former President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch were also present during the same briefing.
Gaetz said on Newsmax:
“I think we have to deauthorize, defang and defund many of these authorities and entities and different task forces that actually converted the just and righteous act of protecting our country with the desire to have a particular political candidate win or lose.
“If that had been a Republican operation — an operation to help a Republican candidate — it wouldn’t have ended in a report.
“It would have ended with real significant indictments.
“And I think we should claw back the $325 million that Nancy Pelosi had gifted for the new FBI headquarters in the DC area.
“This report is an insufficient consequence for the malfeasance and corruption that we have seen here.
“It was an operation from beginning to end to fuse political opposition research from the DNC and the Clinton campaign with this intelligence process and criminal process.
“And it’s a sad day in America.
“It’s very ugly for our country and it’s very ugly for the future of a democracy where the people make the choices – not the law enforcement and intelligence officers.
“In a proper world, Republicans and Democrats would be able to work together on this.
“Because it wasn’t that long ago that the FBI was a right-wing organization, weaponized against civil rights leaders and others.
“And it was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.”
Gaetz said on social media:
“The Durham report is an absolutely DAMNING treatise on the weaponization of the FBI against President Trump.
“This should be a clarion call for legislative reform.
“We need to defund and deauthorize government entities that are converted from the just cause of defending our nation into enforcement wings of political parties.”
The Durham report is an absolutely DAMNING treatise on the weaponization of the FBI against President Trump.
This should be a clarion call for legislative reform. We need to defund and deauthorize government entities that are converted from the just cause of defending our nation… pic.twitter.com/peaeMcVr6q
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 16, 2023
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