Sometimes the loudest person in the room isn’t the loudest. Justice Department Special Counsel John Durham has shown how true that truism is today.
FoxNews reported that Durham delivered a “scorching throwback” to Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen’s nasty attacks on his character during Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Durham Report.
As Cristina Laila previously reported, Durham released its final report in May, concluding that the FBI had no verified information when it opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Trump in 2016.
Durham too struck down Hillary Clinton for her “plan to stoke a scandal against US presidential candidate Donald Trump by linking him to Putin and the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee.
TGP previously reported that then-Attorney General Bill Barr appointed Durham special counsel in October 2020 and tasked him with investigating the Crossfire Hurricane investigation targeting the Trump campaign and administration.
In July 2016, Peter Strzok open a counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s camp dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” on suspicion (based on no evidence) that the Russians had infiltrated Trump’s circle.
For years, the DOJ and FBI resisted releasing the “electronic communication” used to launch the scam investigation because it revealed the entire spy operation was a scam.
Cohen began his inquisition with a series of lies. He falsely claimed that Durham wrote his report to help President Donald Trump.
I tried to follow your report. Mr. Donald Trump, Jr. would have called it a nothing. You have no condemnation, you have nothing! Everything was put together to hurt the Mueller report, which was correct (a lie) and redacted to hurt the Bidens and help Trump.
The disgusting Democrat continued to smear Durham’s stellar character and ‘warned’ him that staying with Trump would further damage his reputation.
And you were 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 keep Mr. Barr and this report that Mr. Barr gave you as special counsel, the more your reputation will be damaged, as the reputation of everyone involved with Donald Trump is damaged.
While many wouldn’t fault Durham for angrily unloading on Cohen for his vile smears, he instead took a different route. Durham responded by quietly leaning on his faith in Christ and his wonderful family to put Cohen in his place:
My reputation is about people I respect, my family and my Lord, and I’m perfectly comfortable with my reputation with them, sir.
DURHAM: “My concern for my reputation is for those I respect, my family and my Lord, and I am perfectly comfortable with my reputation with them, sir”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 21, 2023
The room erupted in applause after Durham’s calm but firm response to Cohen’s wicked smear. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) can also be heard saying, “Well said. God bless you.”