GOP Senators To AG Garland: Ensure Report On Obama Admins Spying On Trump Is Made Public

All but a handful of Republican senators are asking that the special counsel’s investigation into the Obama administration’s efforts to spy on Donald Trump during the 2016 election proceed unimpeded, and that the results be made public when he’s done.

In a letter dated Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 43 other Republicans asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to release prosecutor John Durham’s progress on Crossfire Hurricane, the codename the FBI gave to its investigation of Trump.

Those who signed the letter included Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida, as well as Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley.

Conspicuous by their absence on the letter is the anti-Trump contingency within the GOP. That includes Sens. Ben Sasse, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Rob Portman.

Durham, appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr to get to the bottom of the Democrats’ efforts to smear Trump during the 2016 election, is close to bringing his findings to a grand jury.

Two days ago, The Washington Post reported that Durham’s recent focus, now two years into the probe, has been on “whether people outside of government might have given the FBI fabricated or exaggerated evidence to spur investigations, which could be a crime.”

The Post should know.

After all, much to its credit, in an October 2017 story that liberals conveniently ignored, it reported, “The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia.”

Never mind that the Post and the rest of the media dismissed such knowledge and helped put the country through three years of hell by pushing the fabricated allegations about Trump, as was shown by Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Now, as Durham possibly closes in on those responsible for that, GOP senators want his report to be made public.

“The Special Counsel’s ongoing work is important to many Americans who were disturbed that government agents subverted lawful process to conduct inappropriate surveillance for political purposes,” the letter states.

“The truth pursued by this investigation is necessary to ensure transparency in our intelligence agencies and restore faith in our civil liberties. Thus, it is essential that the Special Counsel’s ongoing review should be allowed to continue unimpeded and without undue limitations,” the GOP senators added, mirroring the language Democrats used in expressing concern about whether Trump would shut down Mueller.

“To that end, we ask that you provide an update on the status of Special Counsel Durham’s inquiry and that the investigation’s report be made available to the public upon completion.”

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