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John Durham fires back perfect response to Democrat slamming his reputation — and the room erupts in applause
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John Durham fires back perfect response to Democrat slamming his reputation — and the room erupts in applause

Former special counsel John Durham received a round of applause Wednesday after he rebuffed a Democrat who suggested his reputation is irreparably damaged.

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Democrats grilled Durham about his report investigating the origins of the Justice Department's Trump-Russia investigation. When it was Rep. Steve Cohen's (D-Tenn.) turn for questioning, he at first tried to extract comment from Durham about Donald Trump's insults of former Attorney General Bill Barr.

"That's outside the scope of my report," Durham quipped, eliciting laughter in the room.

What followed were several minutes of Cohen asking Durham why he did not investigate allegations that Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Cohen made assertions of collusion despite special counsel Robert Mueller determining there was no evidence of collusion.

"Why did you then not think it was a good idea for you to look into it and see if the FBI wasn’t correct, and that there was collusion — a connection between Russia and the Trump campaign to elect Trump?" Cohen asked.

"My assignment was to look at the conduct of the intelligence community agencies, not to conduct a separate investigation that was done by the House or was done by the Senate or was done by Director Mueller," Durham explained.

That's when it got personal.

"You got no convictions. You got nothing!" Cohen screamed at Durham. "It was all set up to hurt the Mueller Report, which was correct and was redacted, to hurt the Bidens, and to help Trump — and you were a part of it!

"You have a good reputation, you had a good reputation, that's why the two Democrats supported you. But the longer you hold on to Mr. Barr and this report that Mr. Barr gave you as special counsel, your reputation will be damaged. As everybody's reputation who gets involved with Donald Trump is damaged. He's damaged goods. There's no good dealing with him, 'cuz you will end up on the bottom of a pyre."

But Durham made it clear he does not care what Cohen thinks about his reputation.

"My concern about my reputation is with the people who I respect and my family and my Lord, and I'm perfectly comfortable with my reputation with them, sir," Durham responded.

Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R) responded, "Well said. God bless you." The room then erupted into applause.

Applause Breaks Out After Durham's Response To Steve Cohen Telling Him 'You Had A Good Reputation'www.youtube.com

Anything else?

It's not true that Durham's investigation netted zero convictions. Even though its goal was not to prosecute, it resulted in three prosecutions: two acquittals and one conviction.

There is also no evidence that Durham's investigation was designed to "hurt" Mueller's Report, benefit Trump, or damage Biden. Durham's investigation began more than a year before Biden won the White House.

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