Despite the fact that it has been quite a while since Special Prosecutor John Durham began investigating the origins of the investigation into former President Donald Trump, and the rumors that his campaign colluded with Russians, the investigation may at last be coming to a close.
Durham’s investigation is likely to be completed within the next few months according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“The rare update on Durham’s inquiry into potential misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe came during testimony before a Senate committee. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) asked Garland about why former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who was found not guilty of lying to the FBI in a blow to Durham’s investigation, apparently had a badge to get into the bureau’s headquarters in the run-up to the 2016 election,” The Daily Wire said.
“On the particular question about Sussman, I think we’re going to have to wait until Mr. Durham finishes his report, which should be relatively soon,” the attorney general said.
“I certainly don’t in any way want to interfere with him,” he said. “And he’s the one who would know the answer to that. On the more general question, I can certainly ask my team to look into how lawyers have special badges.”
John Solomon, founder of Just The News, believes that Special Counsel Durham is preparing to take the FBI to task. Solomon discussed the investigation of the special counsel into the Trump-Russia witch hunt as well as Durham’s possible next steps in this regard.
Solomon described that he believes what Durham is dealing as “two buckets.”
In one “bucket,” there are the last two indictments against officials who were connected to Hillary Clinton and their plan to feed the FBI false information about Trump-Russia conspiracies. He said the other “bucket” focuses on the FBI and whether agents knowingly mislead the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on members of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“But Durham developed really significant evidence that red flags, the stop-now warning signs go all the way back to August when Bruce Orr, in 2016 came to the FBI and said Christopher Steele is dumping a dossier. He hates Trump. He’s hired by Hillary Clinton and most of his information is raw and uncorroborated,” he said.
However, the Democrats are also taking steps of their own in this regard.
The official spokesperson for the Department of Justice during the Obama administration believes that Special Counsel John Durham should not get the final say on the report that he is preparing for his own investigation.
A former director of the Department of Justice’s public affairs office between 2009 and 2011, Matthew Miller, who is now retired from the department, believes that the report needs to be reviewed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, or another high-ranking official within the department, before it is released to the public.
“His cases are over. I think it’s clear that he’s not going to bring any more charges in this investigation, but one of the requirements for special counsels under the regulations is that they write a confidential report and submit it to the attorney general, and the attorney general then makes a decision whether to release that report to the public,” he said.
“I think Merrick Garland will be under a lot of pressure from Republicans to release that report, but I have to say, this circumstance is very different from the Mueller investigation, where, obviously, the attorney general, Bill Barr, did release that report,” the former spokesman said.
“But it does not have to be the last word. Lots of times in the past — there’s ample precedent for this — when reports like this have been written by the Justice Department, the leadership decides whether that actually reflects their view,” he said. “John Durham does not get to be the final arbiter of what the Justice Department believes, so it would be appropriate for Merrick Garland to either review it and come up with his conclusions or, maybe more appropriately, refer it to the senior career official.”
However, the concern does not end there…
Following Durham’s two-year investigation into the origins of the false ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ narrative, Senate Democrats are considering action against him.
In response to a well-timed report in the New York Times, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee claimed that there were ethical concerns during the investigation. Concerns were raised about former Attorney General William Barr’s involvement in the probe and the decision to proceed to trial without sufficient evidence.
“These reports about abuses in Special Counsel Durham’s investigation — so outrageous that even his longtime colleagues quit in protest — are but one of many instances where former President Trump and his allies weaponized the Justice Department,” committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) noted in a statement.
“The Justice Department should work on behalf of the American people, not for the personal benefit of any president. As we wait for the results of ongoing internal reviews, the Senate Judiciary Committee will do its part and take a hard look at these repeated episodes, and the regulations and policies that enabled them, to ensure such abuses of power cannot happen again,” he said.