Left-wing NBC host Chuck Todd admitted on Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet the Press” that the Durham report had indicated that a “Church Committee” may be necessary, as many Americans on both sides of the aisle have lost faith in the FBI.
The Church Committee, which was established in the 1970s, famously investigated and uncovered serious abuses committed by the CIA — including exposing the details of the MKULTRA program.
Many on the right have been calling for a similar investigation to take place, and conservative lawmakers have already created the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government — though Democrats and their allies in the media have smeared the subcommittee and downplayed its findings.
However, Todd is now advocating for a Church-style Committee to be created in the aftermath of Special Counsel John Durham’s report on the Russia Collusion Hoax. According to Breitbart News’ John Nolte, the Durham report ultimately “debunked every facet of the Russia Collusion allegation and proved the whole thing was a politically-motivated smear campaign invented by Hillary Clinton, blessed by Barack Obama, and furthered by the FBI.”
Todd began the segment by dismissing conservatives’ claims that the report was a bombshell, while at the same time acknowledging that the information uncovered by Durham was concerning.
“If you only consume media on the right you might be excused to think that the 306-page Durham report was a bombshell and damning and that the investigation was an abomination and a soft coup, but Special Counsel John Durham’s actual sharpest conclusion after a four-year investigation were that the FBI suffered from confirmation bias and, quote, ‘discounted or willfully ignored materiel information that countered the narrative of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.’ The report recommended no wholesale changes to FBI rules for wiretaps and Durham did not send a single person to jail although former President Trump predicted that Durham would uncover the crime of the century,” the NBC host said.
He went on to note that the FBI should be concerned over the implications of Durham’s findings, and pointed out that Americans on both sides of the aisle are losing trust in the FBI.
“This is not an FBI that should feel good about what Durham discovered,” Todd said. “Because at a minimum, this issue of confirmation bias goes to the heart of how James Comey seemed to worry so much about what the perception of the FBI was that he — whether it was overdid or under-did Hillary stuff, and then overdid or under-did Trump stuff.”
“Trust in the FBI is eroding left and right,” he added. “Feels like we’re in the moment that we need a real Church Committee. This is a moment like when the J. Edgar Hoover FBI clearly was no longer helping the American people. There was a moment. This feels like we might be in one of those moments.”
NBC's Chuck Todd on Durham report fallout: "It feels like we're in the moment that we need a real Church Committee…like when the J. Edgar Hoover FBI clearly was no longer helping the American people, there was a moment — this feels like we might be in one of those moments…" pic.twitter.com/ciRRkLMbfY
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