A number of prominent Democrats who accused former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign of colluding with Russia have so far been largely muted since special counsel John Durham released his comprehensive findings.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was one of the most ardent purveyors of the now-debunked claims about the Trump campaign.
Then-House Speaker Pelosi said in 2017 that she believed there was “cold hard evidence of the Trump campaign, indeed the Trump family, eagerly intending to collude, possibly, with Russia, a hostile foreign power, to influence American elections.”
Pelosi also described what she described as “the Trump campaign’s role in Russia’s assault on our democracy.”
The California Democrat also said in a separate tweet that year that there was “no question” that the 2016 election “was hijacked.”
Pelosi did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Fox News following the release of the Durham report.
Durham outlined the process in which the FBI “displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor toward the information that they received, especially information received from politically-affiliated persons and entities.”
Durham’s report also outlined how then-FBI Director James Comey ordered a stop to a potential investigation into the Clinton Foundation over concerns that foreign citizens may have been attempting to buy influence with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
As the Durham report makes clear, the New York Times and the Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for bogus Russiagate reporting.
— National Review (@NRO) May 23, 2023
There have been considerable consequences for another of the high-profile critics of the former president. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) filed a bill to expel Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who routinely accused Trump of colluding with the Russian government.
Luna said that Schiff “lied to the American people.”
She asserted that the California Democrat “used his position on House Intelligence to push a lie that cost the American taxpayers millions of dollars and abused the trust placed in him as Chairman.”
She also called Schiff a “dishonor to the House of Representatives.”
Schiff had previously stated that there was “clear evidence on the issue of collusion” against the former president.