As a result of a recent report detailing the price tag of the bizarre and protracted John Durham probe, Democrats are now concerned about taxpayer funds. Both Republicans and Democrats concur that Durham was a stunning failure and a waste of resources.
MSNBC rightfully, for once- smacked Durham down, reporting, “Special counsel John Durham’s investigation proved to be a rather embarrassing failure. As The Washington Post reported, it also proved to be quite expensive.”
Left-leaning publication continued:
“The special counsel appointed to review the FBI’s investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign has so far cost taxpayers more than $6.5 million, according to a Justice Department report released Friday. … The special counsel’s work appears to be winding down, but the Justice Department has not yet announced when it will end.
In other words, the $6.5 million figure — in taxpayer money — is where things stand now. It’s difficult to say with confidence how much higher the final price tag will eventually end up.
The Trump White House wasn’t pleased with the conclusions, but the Justice Department’s inspector general conducted a lengthy probe of the Mueller investigation.
This, of course, only outraged Trump further, so then-Attorney General Bill Barr tapped a federal prosecutor — U.S. Attorney John Durham — to conduct his own investigation into the investigation. That was more than three years ago.
At this point, Durham’s investigation into the Russia scandal investigation has lasted longer than Mueller’s original probe of the Russia scandal.”
The investigation by special counsel John Durham into the roots of the Trump–Russia connection story cost taxpayers more than $2 million in the second half of fiscal year 2022, according to a 23 December Justice Department (DOJ) report.
From April 1 through September 30, Durham’s office spent around $2.08 million, according to the Department of Justice. After a jury convicted Russia expert Igor Danchenko not guilty of a charge of lying to the FBI, his team has remained silent in recent weeks.
The DOJ noted that the assessment found no major vulnerabilities or serious defects in the design or operation of SCO controls.
No one on the right can support the conduct of Durham. Recently, the Epoch Times reported on the expense of the Durham probe.
SCO refers to the Office of John Durham’s Special Counsel.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
A large portion of the funds allocated to Durham went to personnel compensation and benefits, while the rest dealt with rent, travel, utilities, and related expenditures. About a third went to “contractual services,” including IT services and “litigative support,” according to the report.
“The Department will continue to dedicate and leverage resources to maintain strong program and financial management controls. Management takes its program and financial accountability seriously and is dedicated to ensuring that funds are used in a responsible and transparent manner,” the DOJ report reads. CONTINUE READING…