The following information is simplified* from the introduction to Part IV of the Durham Report, “Background Facts and Prosecution Decisions.” Durham did not conclude that there was a conspiracy.
The FBI investigated Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor, in the spring of 2016.
- It obtained four FISA warrants to surveil Page.
- The warrants were based on flawed information.
The FBI opened an investigation into Trump’s campaign, called Crossfire Hurricane, in July 2016.
- No evidence was found of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
- No individuals were charged with a crime related to Crossfire Hurricane.
- Several matters were referred to other agencies for further investigation.
The FBI’s investigation into Trump’s campaign was controversial, and some people believe that the FBI was biased against Trump.
- The FBI did not investigate Clinton’s campaign for possible wrongdoing in the same way that it investigated Trump’s campaign.
- Some FBI officials exchanged text messages that showed a bias against Trump.
The Special Counsel’s Office:
- Did not find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
- Did find that the FBI’s investigation was flawed.
*Text simplified by AI and edited and reorganized by Dr. Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own.