The Durham report, which revealed this week that the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign was baseless, has served to further discredit the already scandal-plagued bureau.
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper felt compelled to admit on his show Monday that the report is “devastating to the FBI, and to a degree it does exonerate Donald Trump.”
While Tapper attempted to pin some blame on former President Donald Trump, the CNN host nevertheless managed to draw the ire of Keith Olbermann, a YouTube personality unswayed by facts and ever committed to the debunked Russian-collusion narrative.
Olbermann demanded on Twitter that Tapper resign for noting the FBI’s self-inflicted reputational wounds, which even the FBI has acknowledged in softened language to have been “missteps.”
In response to Tapper’s suggestion that the report is “devastating to the FBI,” Olbermann tweeted, “It isn’t. Not even close. No charges, just partisan ‘conclusions.’ And Tapper of the new non-journalist Chris Licht CNN is propagandizing,” adding, “Jake Tapper needs to resign.”
In a rare show of unity and bipartisanship, Twitter users of various backgrounds and political persuasions blasted Olbermann over his viral tweet, which has over 570,000 views.
Investigative reporter Matt Taibbi wrote, “Keith, @JakeTapper is right. And the report isn’t just devastating to the FBI, it’s devastating to media figures who ran bogus stories that were either leaked by the Bureau, or laundered through it.”
Taibbi then cited various instances where Olbermann previously peddled baseless agitprop on his now-defunct GQ show “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann.”
Several of the show’s episode titles allude to Olbermann’s confident assertions of what have been demonstrated to be falsehoods: “Case Closed. Collusion Has Been Proven”; “A Timeline of Treason”; “Trump Will Not Be Cleared”; “Trump is Aiding the Enemy”; and “Trump is Lying About Russia.”
Here is one of Olbermann’s false reports from 2017:
Case Closed. Collusion Has Been Proven | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQyoutu.be
In a subsequent tweet, Taibbi asked, “Which parts do you think are incorrect, Keith?”
Liberal journalist Eli Lake, who serves as contributing editor at Commentary, wrote, “This is the first resistance in the history of resistance to align itself with a federal police force,” referencing Olbermann’s former show “The Resistance,” whereon he advanced falsehoods discredited in the Durham report and elsewhere.
Lake added, “To call Keith a buffoon is an insult to buffoonery.”
One Twitter user wrote to Olbermann, “Your tears of denial are delicious.”
Another commentator cut to the bone, writing, “It’s clear… you’re entire identity is tied to your Trump views these last 5 years.”
The Durham report, which Olbermann does not consider to be “devastating,” stressed that the Department of Justice and the FBI “failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law” when launching the probe into the Trump campaign.
Durham said the FBI utilized “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” to open the investigation into the Trump campaign but did not follow the same standard when approaching alleged election interference in relation to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Durham also found that the FBI “did not and could not corroborate any of the substantive allegations” made in the infamous Steele dossier of lurid accusations against then-candidate Donald Trump, and “neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
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