Special counsel John Durham’s report on the Trump-Russia investigators is slated to be released to the public within a few days, according to The Washington Examiner.
Durham submitted the report to the Department of Justice in such a way that it will be accessible by the public when it’s completed, according to the Department of Justice.
Attorney General Merrick Garland was pushed by Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to offer answers about Durham’s investigation, but without receiving a satisfactory response.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta told Johnson and Grassley in a letter on the issue that “because the Special Counsel’s investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment on the investigation or when it will be completed.”
The senators were concerned that Susan Hennessey, an appointee in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, may have displayed “bias” when working with Durham.
However, Greta also pointed to former Attorney General Bill Barr’s October 2020 order which stated that “in addition to the confidential report” Durham was required to submit to DOJ, “the Special Counsel, to the maximum extent possible and consistent with the law and policies and practices of the Department of Justice, shall submit to the Attorney General a final report, and such interim reports as he deems appropriate, in a form that will permit public dissemination.”
Grassley and Johnson, however, were not satisfied, saying they want answers from the DOJ because Hennessey “has repeatedly and publicly expressed partisan comments about previous and current investigations including the Justice Department inspector general’s review of Crossfire Hurricane and Special Counsel John Durham’s ongoing investigation, raising concerns that she is conflicted and should be recused from such investigations.”
Hennessey is a form NSA attorney who was chosen by the DOJ in May of this year and is a former CNN contributor and editor of the Lawfare blog, which has a history of defending the Trump-Russia investigation, and critiquing Durham’s inquiry, according to the Examiner.