February 17, 2022
Trump says 'there's a lot coming' from special counsel John Durham who will 'fully expose' the investigation into the former president's supposed ties to Russia
Trump said special counsel John Durham would 'fully expose' the Russian collusion investigation during a Monday interview with the Epoch Times, calling Durham's work one of the most important jobs' in America.
On the show, Kash Patel, a former intelligence and defense official for the Trump administration, asked his former boss his thoughts on Durham's investigation. Trump said he believes in Durham's investigation despite months of silence and called the collusion investigation against him the 'crime of the century' that affected the 2020 presidential election.
'These are bad people,' Trump told Patel, 'So, I hope John Durham, for the good of the country, comes up with everything that you know took place, and that everybody knows took place, because it has been exposed.
'It would be really nice to have it fully exposed.'
The former president added :'It was so disgusting, what took place. And all of the things they said about me and Russia—it was them and Russia. It was them and Russia, they worked with Russia.'
Trump has long denied any illegal conspiracy with Russia in his 2016 campaign, insisting that the allegations were trumped up by his political enemies. Likewise, Democrats claim that Durham's probe is a political hatchet job.
Durham was appointed as special counsel by Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr in October 2020, and tasked with investigating whether the FBI's Trump-Russia probe, code-named 'Crossfire Hurricane,' was opened and conducted legally.
Trump also told Patel that while he wished Durham released information about his investigation before the election, it wouldn't have really changed the outcome as he doubled-down on claims that he actually won the election.
'It would have been nice to have been done before the election because they cheated viciously and crazily, what they did was so criminal,' he said.
'It would have been good if the voters would have known that, but it didn’t matter because I won the election by a lot anyway. So, it didn’t. Honestly, I don’t think that was the big defining moment.'
In September 2021, Durham indicted a cybersecurity lawyer, Michael Sussmann, accusing him of lying to the FBI during a September 2016 conversation in which he relayed concerns about potentially suspicious cyber contacts between a Trump Organization server and the server of a Russian bank.
The indictment alleges Sussmann told the FBI's then-general counsel, James Baker, that he was not bringing the concerns to the FBI on behalf of any particular client when he was actually representing the Hillary Clinton campaign and a technology executive.
Sussmann has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have attacked the case as driven by politics rather than facts.
The first criminal charges in Durham's probe were against Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI attorney assigned to the Robert Mueller probe, who altered an email during the process of acquiring a wiretap warrant renewal on Page.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.