Attorney General William Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to be special counsel in the criminal investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
Appointing Durham gives him “extra protection” to continue the investigation as a transition in presidential administrations is likely to take place in a little under two months. Barr’s move will make it harder for the incoming Biden administration to fire Durham and end the probe.
The Associated Pres reported on Tuesday that Barr made the move back in October under the same federal statute that was used to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel back in the early days of the Trump administration.
“The current investigation, a criminal probe, had begun very broadly but has since “narrowed considerably” and now “really is focused on the activities of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation within the FBI,” Barr said. He said he expects Durham would detail whether any additional prosecutions will be brought and make public a report of the investigation’s findings.”
The Associated Press’ report comes after CBS News Investigative Reporter Catherine Herridge noted back in October that Durham would not have a final report out about his findings before the presidential election because the investigation had “expanded in recent weeks” and had moved “well beyond origins of FBI Russia probe.”
“Although I had expected Mr. Durham to complete his work by the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as additional information he uncovered, prevented him from doing so,” Barr wrote. “In advance of the presidential election, I decided to appoint Mr. Durham as a Special Counsel to provide him and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the election.”
“Special Counsel Durham scope is broad + encompasses recently declassified docs,” Herridge added. “This may set up interesting dynamic with nexus to then VP Biden. Declassified records include unmasking @GenFlynn + Jan 2017 WH meeting where, according to notes, ‘VP’ raised Logan Act.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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