After the release of John Durham’s special counsel report, Monday was a sad day at MSNBC. Durham, after years of investigation, found that there was no basis for Crossfire Hurricane – also known as the Trump/Russia investigation – Durham also discovered numerous instances of abuse committed by government officials who obstinately continued to pursue their investigations despite lack of evidence.
The FBI, for its part released a shamless statement where it acknowledged the abuses had occurred but claimed that all issues were resolved internally. There are still many true believers, as they showed up to respond to Durham’s findings.
Andrew Weissmann, Nicole Wallace and their struggle as they realize that the years of slanderous pursuit were all a hoax.
Weissmann is the first to be mentioned. He has become the face for everything that’s wrong with the DOJ in the past half decade. Weissmann, also known as Robert Mueller’s “pitbull,” has a long history of abuses of government power. This goes beyond any cases involving Donald Trump. He has had convictions overturned for prosecutorial misconduct. Even though he did his best, he was unable to pin any crime related to collusion on Trump. His bitterness has been evident ever since.
Weissmann has the audacity in the video to suggest that Durham did not act in good faith. The guy who spent years creating a hoax in order to influence an election now has opinions on what constitutes a good faith investigation. It’s parodical. He continues to describe Durham’s report as “big fat nothing”, while insisting on the fact that Russia still interferes in American elections. Note that there is no evidence to support the former claim at all.
It seems that former DOJ officials, who led special counsels, think uncovering unconstitutional violations is “a big fat nothing.” They are the ones who lead our institutions. No one except those that find this politically advantageous trusts them.
Wallace’s big mistake in the clip above was to list people like Paul Manafort or Roger Stone as guilty before a court, while Weissmann affirmed her. She calls Durham’s findings “rabbit-hole conspiracy” and fails to mention that none of these convictions have anything to do with the actual collusion between Russia, Donald Trump and his campaign.
If it so desired, the federal government could convict almost every American of a crime. Everybody has broken some laws, somewhere, sometime. The fact that the DOJ managed to catch a number of Trump associates, mostly through stupidity or in Manafort’s case crimes dating back to 2012, does not prove that Crossfire Hurricane is legitimate.
This is the most important thing to take away from these clips. They never address the most important issue: that there is no probable reason to investigate Trump’s alleged Russian collusion. It was an abuse of power to continue doing so, which clearly influenced the election. It’s hard to believe that a former DOJ employee like Weissmann wouldn’t be upset by this, but I suppose he has bills to pay. His behavior, and Wallace’s comments, just confirm how far MSNBC has slipped. It’s a joke.