10 things you need to know today: May 16, 2023

Special counsel John Durham criticizes the FBI in his final report on the Trump-Russia inquiry, a man attacks a Democratic congressman's staff with a baseball bat, and more

Special counsel John Durham outside U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Special counsel John Durham sharply criticized the FBI
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1. Durham criticizes FBI in final Trump-Russia investigation review

Special counsel John Durham on Monday issued his report after a four-year investigation into the FBI's inquiry into the 2016 Trump campaign. He sharply criticized the agency for rushing to look into "raw, unanlyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence," but filed no new charges. Then-President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, appointed Durham. Trump predicted he would uncover the "crime of the century." But prosecutors in the investigation only got one guilty plea from a little-known FBI employee, and lost the only two criminal cases they took to trial. Still, Durham accused the FBI of falling short of its standards, and said agents dismissed "information that ran counter to the narrative of a Trump/Russia collusive relationship."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.