John Durham began his investigation into the origins of the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election several years ago.
The investigation launched by Durham in April 2019 may be nearing completion.
Attorney General Merrick Garland stated on Tuesday that he has not yet received Durham’s final report and advised reporters to contact the special counsel’s office with any queries regarding the investigation.
“I haven’t received the report and any other questions I suggest you reach out to Mr. Durham,” Garland said Tuesday.
Last month, while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Garland indicated that he anticipates Durham’s investigation to conclude soon.
“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 reported.
“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 Democrats, however, are making their own movements.
A Department of Justice spokesperson during the Obama administration believes that Special Counsel John Durham should not have the final say over his own report. Matthew Miller, who served as the director of the Justice Department’s public affairs office between 2009 and 2011, stated that Attorney General Merrick Garland or another high-ranking official within the department should evaluate the report prior to its release 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.”
But it gets worse.
Senate Democrats are considering taking action against Durham as he prepares to release an investigative report on the origins of the fraudulent ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ narrative following a more than two-year investigation.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee were responding to a well-timed New York Times report over claiming that there were ethical concerns during the investigation that led to several staff departures. They included alleged concerns over former Attorney General William Barr’s involvement in the probe, as well as the decision to go to trial lacking sufficient evidence. CONTINUE READING…