Durham in May released its final report on its multi-year investigation into the origin of the FBI probe into possible links between Russia and former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. While Durham’s investigation didn’t yield much in the way of prosecutions (much to the chagrin of Trump supporters who hoped it could entrap Hillary Clinton and others), Durham did find individuals and institutions to blame in its 306-page report.
Turner said what concerned him was that the government had taken material that began as opposition research from the Clinton campaign and used it as the basis for a comprehensive investigation that had political implications. Turner said he wanted to ensure accountability in the investigative process.
“How,” said Turner, “do we make sure this doesn’t happen again? How can we ensure that there are no people with a political bias who get into political campaigns and use government authority to make the mainstream media and government take actions that are not based on the truth?
Regarding the 37-count indictment related to Trump’s post-presidential handling of classified documents, Turner said he wanted to see how the legal process would unfold.
« I certainly won’t defend the behavior listed in that complaint, » he said. “But they’ll have to prove it. And it’s a legal process that will have to go on. »