WATCH: Durham Report a ‘Whitewash’

The final report by Special Counsel John Durham into Russiagate’s origins is full of details but is ultimately a whitewash, says Alexander Mercouris on The Duran channel. 

F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington. (Sammy Six/Flickr)

Republished with permission from The Duran

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31 comments for “WATCH: Durham Report a ‘Whitewash’

  1. Desmond Michael Kahn
    May 21, 2023 at 22:32

    Chris Hedges column on this report comes to a dramatically different conclusion than this one by Mercouris. HE reports that the Durham report is substantive and damning, as I understand it.

  2. LeoSun
    May 21, 2023 at 13:27

    Obviously, “We, f/get it! It’s “their” world. “We” just live in it!!!”

    IMO, it’s black & white, OhBama’s, Tu$h-Heiney’s, Hilary “Rotten” Clinton’s, Biden’s-Harris’, the “Deep $tate’s” obsessive, compulsive, disorder w/the color ORANGE, Russia & China, is off the f/chart!!! Their resolution, “Koo-Koo-Ka-Chew!” RBO/RBIO (this bud’s for you): “You must not progress independently. We control the monetary system, the banking system; AND, We have all kinds of ways to reign and attain our ends.”

    “They” GOT “Tweakers,” Comey cozying up to the Barr for Mueller time!!! The bartender’s been mulling over the “Done Did Him In Report,” NOBODY will be held to account for any of it! The “FINAL” Report!!!

    Last tweaked by Bolton’s twin bro, Durham. Two (2) Johns sit’n in a bar, one says to the other, “CHEERS! PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT!!!” We “GOT” this! Just as ROBERT PARRY., R.I.P., reported about “our” work ethics, work habits, work’s modis operandi, years ago, PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT.”

    “American Dispatches,” by Robert Parry, “This failure was partly the result of a systematic effort by the White House, C.I.A. and State Department to contain disclosures and control the media narrative through a strategy called “perception management.”

    “By applying pressure on editors and TV producers, combined with disseminating misleading information, government officials were able to marginalize honest journalists and present a false picture to the American people about key issues, particularly the dirty wars being fought in their name in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.” ROBERT PARRY, “American Dispatches” hxxps://

    THEREAFTER, “dirtier wars,” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Ukraine. Concluding, all the truth in “their” world is one big f/lie! AND, their “M.O.,” KEEP America DUMB!

    “Raise Your Hand, IF, you agree, 1. Merrick Garland woulda done less damage in the role of an Ayatollah on the SCOTUS vs. Sychophant @ the Dept. of Injustice. 2. Bob Mueller’s a$$ets oughta be frozen until $32 MILLION is recovered, returned w/an apology for his scandalous behavior. “it’s animal behavior. It’s pigs, sheep & wolves.” (Paul Simon)

    Fingers crossed, before 2024, Congress IMPEACHES, Comma La Harris, first; AND, REMOVES, Joey R. Biden, per the 25TH Amendment. Its “GOT” Joey R. Biden’s name all over it, i.e., an obvious, extreme, decline in his mental acuity & his physical unfitness, is gonna get him a broken hip. Times Up! REHABoth or Bust?!? Best practice, Shut the front door on Biden-Harris 2024!!! hxxps://

    • Valerie
      May 22, 2023 at 04:02

      As you say, fingers crossed. But who replaces them? ( rhetorical question). BTW, LeoSun i’m a Leo and sun worshipper.

  3. mikjall
    May 21, 2023 at 05:04

    I am a fan of Mercouris, who provides much balanced information on the Duran and elsewhere. But the Durham report is not a whitewash. It conclusively exposes a compromised (politicized, weaponized) FBI involved in a conspiratorial and vicious and deceitful propaganda campaign aimed at undermining Donald Trump’s presidency and demonizing Russia, engineered personally by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden colluding with people high up in the FBI, most of whom appeared before us in (the open part) of Congressional hearings and whom anyone with half a brain (evidently, not everyone it seems) could see were treacherous liars and bearers of false witness. (No doubt the CIA was also involved in the promotion and dissemination of this malicious hoax, but apparently the primary conspirators were those just name) And you call that a whitewash?

    Mercouris and others, such as Judge Napolitano, are unhappy because it seems clear that Durham stalled in giving out his report until statutes of limitations had run out on the various indictable offenses that were exposed and that, consequently, Durham issued no new indictments. Surely Bill Barr (evidently a sympathizer with the treachery) would not have appointed a Special Counsel who could not be depended upon to stall in that way. So, yes, the government asses are always infuriatingly (and egregiously) well covered. That’s regrettable, but “whitewash” is not the correct description of it.

    I also think that it’s worth paying attention to what Mark Gisleson says above: “I believe Mercouris is misreading the situation. The release of the report is consistent with Durham’s past history which is excellent. The report has a classified section we haven’t seen, so it is premature to say what Durham did not do.” Right on. And at the very least, people should read the report—it is clear that not all commenting here have done so.

    • Valerie
      May 21, 2023 at 16:59

      Let us not forget Christopher Steele in all this:


    • J Anthony
      May 22, 2023 at 07:26

      The bigger tragedy is they didn’t need to do this to undermine Trump’s run, he demonstrated he would accomplish that all on his own. All it’s done is give even more credibility to Trump, in the eyes of his supporters, as an “outsider” that the Deep State sought to neutralize.

  4. cjonsson
    May 20, 2023 at 21:35

    Thank you for this timely analysis of the Durham report Alex and Alexander. Everything from the government is well placed and processed to protect the powers that be and incriminate those they want to stop from penetrating their smoke cloud, to put it politely.

  5. Lois Gagnon
    May 20, 2023 at 16:32

    The people involved in this hoax, including and most especially Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for fraud. But we are so far down the rabbit hole of Orwellian dystopia, that’s probably too much to hope for.

  6. Andrew Dabrowski
    May 20, 2023 at 12:40

    So you think Durham is a double agent?

  7. Kate Rose O'Neal
    May 20, 2023 at 11:51

    The timing of Trump’s official vindication makes me think the establishment would rather have Trump in office than Robert Kennedy, Jr.. In fact, I now think Trump’s rise in popularity due to his “persecution” is being used to this end.
    When one considers Trump’s cabinet, huge tax benefits for the wealthy, and most of his actions while in office, it’s clear to see what agenda his presidency benefitted.
    I now strongly believe it’s essentially a charade meant to keep Robert F Kennedy, Jr. out of office. I think he’s the real target of– and threat to– the establishment.

    • Sean I. Ahern
      May 22, 2023 at 10:47

      I think you are right. Trump also plays well with the get China crowd which the crazies in DC hope to shift attention to after their disaster in Ukraine. When it comes to defending the permanent government, the MIC, TDS, finance capitalism etc, nothing is off limits, even Hillary Clinton and her acolytes can be thrown under the bus. Durham report certainly discredits that crowd. I think the main stream media will fall in line shortly. Their treatment of RFK reminds me of the Ghandi quote; “first they ignore you, then they mock you, then they attack you, then you win” RFK Jr is definitely their greatest domestic threat. It is very worrisome though when you realize what was done to his uncle, father and MLK. Our elite would kill him before he would win. The elite’s greatest problem is that he is winning by telling the truth and that is much harder to kill.

  8. Carmen
    May 20, 2023 at 11:32

    In other news, Joe Biden killed an 8-year old girl. She died ‘in custody’ with the Border Patrol. Save the Children? Her mother says that pleas for medical care were ignored. The Border Patrol was of course close to Trump, and Biden made no effort to change anything there. Not even the Bull Conner style videos of agents on horseback whipping helpless people led to any real change. And now it is Biden who is implementing Trump’s policies at the border and sending armed troops to deal with ‘the invasion’.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    All of these conflicts in the above story are more of the nature of a distraction that is based on the myth that anything really serious in America changes with an election. It don’t matter whether its an overweight Trump playing golf, or a trimmer Biden trying to stay on a bike … to an 8 year old girl, it made no difference whatsoever. Same Border Patrol, different hair style on the President. Maybe a new name on the policy, but the policy remains essentially the same.

    Meanwhile, we are still spending time and energy talking about a past election … Mission Accomplished.

  9. Cratylus
    May 20, 2023 at 11:28

    The remarkable thing is that there is very little on this in the US “progressive” press. Mercouris and The Duran are excellent, but we have to go to a YouTube channel run by two guys from the UK and Crete to get an analysis. We have very little in writing about this here in the US. And of course the msm has very little to say whereas we have been clobbered with daily reiterations of the Russiagate hoax (as Trump correctly called it) for years. Tucker Carlson would have been all over this but he is gone.
    We are in a very dangerous situation, careening toward WWIII with a msm cheering it on and the “progressive” press bashing Putin not Bidne and the US over the war.

  10. Sean I. Ahern
    May 20, 2023 at 10:48

    Alexander asked why was this report released now? I wonder if the deep state is ready to make its peace with Trump if he will be their standard bearer against RFKJr who seems to be a much more serious threat to them than Trump ever was. Can Biden win the nomination and if he does can he defeat Trump? Seems like there are plenty of reasons why the whole host of shady power brokers might be reconsidering their options.

  11. Mark Gisleson
    May 20, 2023 at 09:53

    I believe Mercouris is misreading the situation. The release of the report is consistent with Durham’s past history which is excellent. The report has a classified section we haven’t seen, so it is premature to say what Durham did not do.

    What this report does is to set up multiple softballs for House Republicans investigating the weaponization of government. That’s who can take meaningful action. Durham simply cannot tell his boss to indict FBI personnel when his boss is part of the plot. So instead Durham used his “failed” trials to get evidence introduced into court helping make his final report bulletproof, facts wise.

    The wheels of justice are grinding exceedingly slowly, but you have to remember how much sand has been poured into the gearbox. This is progress and the timing is devastating for Democrats and 2024. Watch how this unfolds. Everything did just change : )

  12. robert e williamson jr
    May 19, 2023 at 19:49

    White Wash! White Wash! Criminy, it was planned to be a white wash!

  13. Geoff Burns
    May 19, 2023 at 19:42

    Durham’s report will make no difference. People who identify as Democrats will never be dissuaded that Putin got Trump elected. After all, the FBI said so. And wasn’t he appointed by Trump? It’s a lonely life for anyone who looks at the evidence (of just about anything these days) and employs critical thinking.

    • lester
      May 20, 2023 at 13:05

      Critical Thinking? What’s that? Isn’t if forbidden?

      More seriously, I remember that when Russia(shmussia)Gate began, Hillary fans immediately wanted censorship of “disinformation”, not promoting critical thinking. I guess it doesn’t tell zealots what they want to hear. :-(

  14. Gregg Scott Schneider
    May 19, 2023 at 19:42

    Joseph Mifsud has claimed he was a member of the Clinton foundation.

  15. Robert Emmett
    May 19, 2023 at 19:10

    Interesting discussion. Not surprising given the trajectory of the continuing slide. But what I recall is some hopes at the outset that there could be a setting to rights and distributing of accountability for the “Russiagate” story in this investigation. And how quickly & nearly completely those hopes & evidence & even characters seemingly have vanished. I think someone like Ray McGovern could testify to that. The apparatus is very good at wiping their own slates clean.

    • robert e williamson jr
      May 20, 2023 at 13:44

      I’m liking your comment here R.E.!

  16. robert e williamson jr
    May 19, 2023 at 17:57

    Was this was the Durham thing typical Washington, the intelligence community doing it’s damnedest to run a diversion while slapping the Russians around?

    Nice try but no cigar!

    Thanks CN

  17. lester
    May 19, 2023 at 17:39

    The big question: why were so many so eager to believe such obvious nonsense?

    • James White
      May 19, 2023 at 22:42

      The short answer is TDS. The longer answer is “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – William J. Casey, CIA Director (1981) The legacy press has joined the Deep State to keep Americans fed with constant lies and disinformation. Europe is in the same boat. Only the BRICS countries have any common sense and know the truth any more. Fortunately, it is now a multi-polar world. The crazed neocons will get their just reward around the same time that the people of NATO countries figure out that Ukraine is finished and everything they have been told about the Ukraine war by their governments and their press has been a massive lie.

      • Sean I. Ahern
        May 20, 2023 at 10:57

        So what does the TDS want Americans to believe now if they release a report that absolves Trump and discredits russia gate?

        • James White
          May 21, 2023 at 07:55

          The big debate in the U.S. for now is the debt ceiling and looming default. The Republican majority in the House is demanding spending cuts before approving an increase in the national debt. Democrats are addicted to spending us all into bankruptcy and oppose any spending cuts. The corrupt legacy press has always managed to blame any past government shutdown on Republicans. The latest poll shows that 21% of Americans in favor of what Democrats have the gall to characterize as a ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase. Meaning further deficit spending with no restraint whatsoever. 68% of Americans favor spending cuts as proposed by Republicans. If those numbers carry to the 2024 elections, no amount of ballot ‘harvesting’ will be able to prevent a reckoning for the unmitigated disaster that is the Biden Regime, the Deep State, the lying press and the evil DNC. Even Trump could win under those circumstances. But there is still time for a better Republican President to emerge. The primary debates can’t get here fast enough. Trump has a massive base but he has proven himself to be too much of a distraction to get anything done. This could well be our last chance to lay waste to the absolute power and resulting absolute corruption in Washington D.C.

      • Kate Rose O'Neal
        May 20, 2023 at 12:02

        Great comment, as they all seem to be so far. It’ll be interesting to see how their China Project works out for them, how much more money the MIC can suck from us and if they’ll blow us all up in their blind, rapacious greed.

        And if Kennedy, our Black Swan, will be able to turn the tide.

      • bill
        May 20, 2023 at 12:58

        all definitely true

    • Nathan Mulcahy
      May 20, 2023 at 10:36

      I continue to ask the same question. My answer is because the human species is evolutionarily predisposed to follow the “leader”, stick with the tribe, and reject and attack those who do otherwise. Most people I know severely lack critical thinking. Add to that new tools now available to the authorities.

      Durham is just the latest in a long list of events that continues to separate me from most of my friends, neighbors, colleagues and even relatives. These events include Saddam’s WMD, Assad gassing his people, pandemic measures, “safety and efficacy “ of the modified-RNA shot, Ukraine conflict, etc.

      Of course, there is the option of rejoining them. But once you have ventured outside the cave, it is impossible to revert your worldview back to something that is based on shadows projected on the cave wall.

      • Blessthebeasts
        May 21, 2023 at 09:25

        I’m from a typical liberal Democrat family. I’ve always been to the left of them but they were generally open to debate on events and issues. They now treat me like I’ve gone to the dark side simply because I question the official narrative they’re being fed by their Holy Grail–the New York Times, PBS etc. They believe it all; no discussion allowed. This is true of most of libs I come in contact with. It’s ironic that the only people who are willing to open their minds these days seem to be more to the right (Tucker Carlson fans etc.).

        • J Anthony
          May 22, 2023 at 07:36

          I hear what you’re saying but they (being the fake-left liberals that still support the Democrats and the Trumpian hordes) are just mirror-images of each other, flip-sides of the same coin. Both sides seem hell-bent on making the other mortal enemies at the expense of addressing our real problems.

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