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OPINION

The Russia Collusion Hoax Is Just the Beginning

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There was no collusion and Crossfire Hurricane should never have happened. 

That's the gist of Special Counsel John Durham's bombshell-filled report on his probe of the FBI's decision to open an investigation into allegations that former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. 

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But you, even if Peter Strzok is reading this, already knew that. 

You probably also knew that, as Durham's report made clear again, "the FBI's handling of important aspects of the Crossfire Hurricane matter were seriously deficient" because the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI "failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law." 

Instead, a hoax was perpetuated at the highest levels of America's federal government despite the fact that "neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation." 

Durham called his probe's findings and conclusions "sobering," but that's barely the half of it. 

On the one hand, the Durham report is a vindication of those castigated as conspiracy theorists for daring to call out the politicization of federal law enforcement. In clear terms, with extensive sourcing from interviews of those with the power in the FBI and at the DOJ, Durham shows how unchecked partisan power turned what is supposed to be blind enforcement of the law into a reality in which Lady Justice uses her scales as a step stool to aid Democrats and a weapon to knock down Republicans. 

On the other hand, however, it's a damning indictment of our federal government and its vast administrative state made up of unelected bureaucrats who, at key points in their careers and in the history of our country, become some sort of in-kind employees of the Democrat Party. Even worse, there's little to no reason for Americans of any political stripe to think things have changed. 

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Consider the IRS whistleblower who recently came forward to claim the investigation of Hunter Biden's taxes has been corrupted by the same bias that was at play in investigations of alleged foreign interference targeting the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016. Despite being protected, the Justice Department ordered the IRS to axe the entire team investigating Hunter's alleged tax fraud, according to the whistleblower's lawyers. 

How about federal agents' response to classified documents at Mar-a-Lago — which the feds always knew about and had verified were locked up — versus their reaction to learning of classified documents Biden had scattered around the eastern seaboard in locations accessed by Hunter Biden, foreign nationals, and maybe even Corn Pop for all we know. 

What about the DOJ's displayed unwillingness to enforce federal laws protecting Supreme Court justices from intimidation and harassment while actively working to issue opinions on cases? The lack of interest in pursuing cases against those responsible for firebombing pro-life organizations? The general failure to prosecute Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters who destroyed businesses, homes, and law enforcement outposts? 

What's going to happen when, almost inevitably, there are fresh allegations lodged against 2024 presidential candidates? Or wrongdoing by a prominent cabinet official? Can the American people really be expected to trust what is told to them from behind the seals of the Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation? Even CNN couldn't sugarcoat the devastating truths presented in the Durham Report. 

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If CNN — which calls itself "the most trusted name in news" despite reporting giddily and uncritically on the DOJ and FBI's investigations of Trump's "Russian collusion" — is now saying Durham's report is "devastating to the FBI" and "does exonerate Trump," where does that leave the rest of us? Just hoping the FBI sits out an election cycle so the deck isn't stacked against Republicans?

That's not going to fly. 

Americans need to more than "hope" that their federal government isn't rigging the game against half the country's citizens (who, as a reminder, fund that government) through what seems to have been both implicit and explicit political bias at the highest levels of federal law enforcement. 

As the effect the Durham report had on CNN shows, hoping isn't going to work. It takes shining a light on and exposing what the government is doing, or isn't doing, in order to create enough pressure that change inexorably follows. 

While the rest of the media — including some other supposedly conservative outlets — bought the hoax and breathlessly reported that Donald Trump was little more than a Russian puppet, Townhall was shining a light on what has now been confirmed to be a complete and total farce for what it was. 

The rest of the media told you and us that we were willing accomplices in a foreign takeover of the White House. But we told the truth anyway, and we still are, as the DOJ and FBI continue to be used as cudgels against conservatives. 

You see, the bias Durham revealed hasn't shown any signs of ending with Crossfire Hurricane. From treating parents at school board meetings as terrorists to conducting an armed raid of Mar-a-Lago to pick up some document boxes and turning a blind eye to left-wing violence against pro-life organizations, the federal law enforcement wing of the administrative state has demonstrated no interest in reining itself in. On the contrary, there's ample evidence that it has continued to pursue a role as official enforcer of the regime's (read: Democrat) agenda under President Joe Biden. 

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That's why Townhall's truth-seeking reporting is as important as ever. We've seen the impact of shining a light on feds running amok, and it works. Sustained coverage of shadowy you-know-what that doesn't rely on the whims of those in power is the only way to push back on the behemoth that is the federal government. And it's why the loyal VIP members who support Townhall are so critical to holding Big Government accountable. 

We couldn't do our work and keep a spotlight on the DOJ without the support of those who have joined our team as VIP members. Julio's trips to Democrat-run cities to document the violence carried out by leftist anarchists means the DOJ's failure to prosecute "their side" is on display for all to see. Mia's investigations of politicized prosecution decisions, endless FOIA requests, and hours spent sifting through court documents show how those on the Democrats' "team" get better treatment and continue to collect taxpayer-funded salaries even after they're caught stealing luggage. All of that, plus the rest of our team's work to document the DOJ's bias playing out in real-time for the record, is possible due to our VIP members. To those who've already partnered with us to make this much possible, thank you from the entire Townhall team. 

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