U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was tasked by U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr prior to the 2020 election to investigate the players and agencies involved in the Trump-Russia probe, could be on the verge of making big moves.
According to Fox News, Durham, now holding the title of “special counsel,” recently added several prosecutors to his team, with a federal law enforcement official telling the news outlet that Durham is making “excellent progress” in his expanding investigation.
Barr appointed Durham to look into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe in early 2019. Durham’s report on the matter was widely expected — even by President Donald Trump — to hit the news wires prior to the 2020 election. Ultimately, it didn’t come to fruition and Durham was repeatedly slammed by the president and his supporters for failing to come through.
However, a silver lining emerged when Barr commented on the progress of the investigation, saying that he fully expected Durham to have completed his work by the summer of 2020, only to find out that because of new discoveries, the case would be elevated to a new level.
“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,” Barr said recently, while admitting that he gave Durham the special counsel title in October of this year, but kept it quiet.
It’s not clear who the special prosecutors are that were added recently to Durham’s team, although some have speculated that they could be other U.S. Attorneys who were initially tasked with assisting Durham’s investigation.
According to the Washington Examiner, Durham has already notched a victory in his investigation after a man by the name of Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to falsifying an application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant in order to spy on former Trump adviser Carter Page.
Durham’s special counsel designation should afford him some protections as former Vice President Joe Biden takes office in January and appoints a U.S. Attorney General, but it remains to be seen whether or not Biden and his new AG will play fair, especially as the investigation heats up.