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The Durham Report: Sobering Findings and the Challenging Questions for America


On May 15, 2023, Special Counsel John Durham’s report to the Attorney General on his four-year investigation into whether any federal official violated the law in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III, was released to the public without alteration. Its findings include the following, among others: no basis for a full investigation, bias, double standards, and failure by the Department of Justice and the FBI to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in the report.


This seminar is informational – not political. Its purpose is to equip students with a factual and legal understanding of the conclusions drawn by the Special Counsel, so that the students can assess their potential impact on the American investigative and/or legal process. It will identify questions to be considered in that regard, with resolution of such matters left to the private determination of the students.

Instructor Biography

Charles J. Heffernan, Jr. is a former Manhattan assistant district attorney, special assistant United States attorney in the southern district of New York, deputy criminal justice coordinator for New York City, acting justice of the New York Supreme Court, and military judge (LTC, U.S. Army). A graduate of Boston College and Fordham University Law School, he has lectured and written extensively on criminal justice matters.

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