I am not going to get my hopes up because every time I do, I get disappointed. But the word on the street is that John Durham has expanded his staff. Specifically, he added prosecutors.
Does this mean he is getting ready to level charges won people? Or could he just be bringing them on board for a second opinion on charges to be brought?
This word comes at a time when the president and members of congress are becoming increasingly critical of AG Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham.
This could be another head fake. It is also being reported that the investigation is coming along nicely. I’ll believe all of this once a lot of Democrats start dressing in orange every day for 3 to 5 years.
Barr recently named Durham as the special prosecutor and his job will carry on into the next administration no matter who wins. In that order, it is clearly written out that Durham is obligated to turn in a report to the DOJ that can be released to the public but probably won’t no matter who Biden taps should he win the election.
Barr tapped Durham on May 13, 2019 to conduct an inquiry into the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering activities against Trump campaign associates. The review has morphed into a criminal investigation. (RELATED: Barr Appoints Durham As Special Counsel)
Barr designated Durham as a special counsel to oversee the investigation on Oct. 19, 2020. The order said that Durham would be required to submit a report to the Justice Department that could be released to the public. Barr also said in the order that Durham could submit interim reports before the investigation has officially ended.
Barr said in a letter to Congress on Dec. 1 that he initially expected Durham to finish the investigation by this summer, but that progress was slowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
It appears that the Durham investigation has followed the same route that the DOJ IG Michael Horowitz took in his probe of the whole mess.
One person has already pleaded guilty to forging evidence to get a FISA warrant against Carter Page. A former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith is due to be sentenced soon. Durham has asked for prison time.