In the latest news concerning the investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on Special Counsel John Durham’s report during a recent press briefing. The report, which spans 300 pages, sheds light on the FBI and Department of Justice’s handling of the investigation and suggests a failure to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law.
During the press briefing, Philip Wegmann, a reporter from RealClearNews, was the sole journalist who referenced Durham’s report and sought a reaction from the White House. Wegmann inquired about the White House’s response to the report’s findings regarding the FBI’s conduct during the Trump-Russia probe. However, Jean-Pierre redirected the question, stating that she would defer to the Department of Justice for further comment.
“What is the White House reaction to special counsel report on how the FBI handled the Trump-Russia probe?” Wegmann asked the press secretary.
Jean-Pierre responded, “I would leave it to the Department of Justice to speak to that.”
Pressing for more insight, Wegmann questioned whether President Trump believed wholesale changes were necessary within the FBI, given the report’s indications to the contrary. Jean-Pierre once again emphasized the independence of the Department of Justice and refrained from offering a specific response.
Wegmann pressed further, asking, “The president talks often about how he wants the DOJ and FBI to remain independent and above the fray. That report seems to reflect the opposite. Does he agree with Special Counsel Durham that there needs to be wholesale changes at the FBI?”
“Again, that is with the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre said. “That’s not something that I’m going to speak from the podium. As you just stated in your question, we believe in an independent Department of Justice. That’s what the president said when he was running and that’s what the president has said the last two years.”
“Thank you so much. I’ll see you guys in Japan,” and with that, she bolted for the door.
KJP ran for the hills because she didn’t want to discuss the fact that then-Vice President Joe Biden was briefed on Hillary’s Russia collusion scam.
Karine Jean-Pierre literally walks away when pressed on Biden’s reaction to Special Counsel John Durham’s report on the Russian collusion hoax pic.twitter.com/8jlGuH5GsB
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 16, 2023