Even though it has been a considerable amount of time 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 the Russians, the investigation may finally be coming to a close.
According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Durham’s investigation will likely be concluded within the next few months.
“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.”
The proprietor of Just The News, John Solomon, believes that Special Counsel Durham is preparing to investigate the FBI. Solomon discussed the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump-Russia witch hunt and Durham’s potential next actions in this regard.
According to Solomon, what Durham is contending with is “two buckets.”
In one “bucket” are the two most recent indictments against officials connected to Hillary Clinton and their scheme to provide the FBI with fraudulent information about Trump-Russia conspiracies. The second “bucket” concentrates on the FBI and whether agents intentionally misled the FISA court to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on members of Trump’s 2016 campaign, according to him.
“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.
Nonetheless, the Democrats are also taking action in this regard.
Former director of the Department of Justice’s public affairs office from 2009 to 2011, Matthew Miller, who is now retired from the department, believes that Attorney General Merrick Garland or another high-ranking official within the department should review the report before it is made 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 issue does not end there…
After a two-year investigation into the origins of the fraudulent “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative by Durham, Senate Democrats are contemplating taking action against him.
In response to an opportune report in The New York Times, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee asserted that the investigation raised ethical concerns. Concerns were expressed regarding the involvement of former Attorney General William Barr 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.