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Durham Gets Feisty With Adam Schiff During Testimony: ‘Your Premise Isn’t Right!’

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Special Counsel John Durham testified before the House of Representatives and took some Democrats to the woodshed.

Democrat representatives used the appearance by Durham to continue to push their Russian collusion conspiracy theory long after it had been debunked, not the least of which was California Rep. Adam Schiff.

SCHIFF: “You also sought to get the Inspector General to change his conclusion…”

DURHAM: “If you wanna go there, we asked the Inspector General to take a look at the intelligence…”

SCHIFF: “You thought it was appropriate for you to intervene…?!”

DURHAM: “[Your] premise isn’t right.”

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And that was only the first of the tense exchanges. It got more heated when Rep. Schiff wanted to talk about Donald Trump Jr. allegedly meeting with Russians.

“Are you aware, Mr. Durham, that [Robert] Mueller’s and Congressional investigations also revealed that Don Jr. was informed that a Russian official was offering the Trump campaign ‘very high-level and sensitive information” that would be incriminating of Hillary Clinton…?” the representative said.

“Sure, people get phone calls all the time from individuals who claim to have information like that,” Durham hit back.

“Really? The son of a presidential candidate gets calls all the time from a foreign government offering dirt on their opponent. Is that what you’re saying?” Schiff said.

“I don’t think this is unique in your experience,” Durham said.

“So you have other instances of the Russian government offering dirt on a presidential candidate to the presidential candidate’s son. Is that what you’re saying?” Schiff said before Durham asked him to repeat the question.

“I’m saying that people can make phone calls making claims all the time. Of that, you may have experience,” Durham said.

“Are you really trying to diminish the significance of what happened here, and the secret meeting that the president’s son set up in Trump Tower receiving that incriminating information?” Schiff said, ignoring the inference.

“I’m not trying to diminish it at all, but I think the more complete story is that they met, it was a ruse, and they didn’t talk about Mrs. Clinton,” Durham said. “I don’t think that was a well-advised thing to do.”

“Oh, not well advised. That’s the understatement of the year. So you think it’s perfectly appropriate, or maybe just ill-advised, for a presidential campaign to secretly meet with a Russian delegation to get dirt on their opponent?” Schiff said.

“If you’re asking would I do it, I hope I wouldn’t do it. But it’s not illegal. It was stupid, foolish, ill-advised,” Durham said.

“Well, it is illegal to conspire to get incriminating opposition research from a hostile government that is of financial value to a campaign. Wouldn’t that violate campaign laws?” Schiff hit back.

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“I don’t know all those facts to be true,” Durham said.

There was another fiery exchange between Durham and another Democratic member of the panel, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, who attempted to smear the special counsel’s reputation after he concluded that the evidence he found exonerated then-President Donald Trump of any ‘collusion’ allegations while citing the FBI for launching an investigation that wasn’t based on any credible evidence.

“I’ve tried to follow your report. Mr. Donald Trump, Jr. would’ve called it a nothing burger. You got no convictions, you got nothing! It was all set up to hurt the Mueller report – which was correct and was redacted – to hurt the Bidens and to help Trump,” Cohen said.

“And you were a part of it. You have a good reputation. You had a good reputation, that’s why the two Democrats supported you. But the longer you hold onto Mr. Barr and this report that Mr. Barr gave you as special counsel, your reputation will be damaged, as everybody’s reputation who gets involved with Donald Trump is damaged,” he lectured.

“He’s damaged goods, there’s no good dealing with him cause you will end up on the bottom of a pyre,” Cohen added.

Committee chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) allowed Durham to respond, who said: “Yeah, my concern about my reputation is with the people who I respect, my family, and my Lord, and I’m perfectly comfortable with my reputation with them, sir!”

“Well said, God bless you,” Jordan responded.

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