Attorney General Bill Barr is quietly informing top Republicans in Congress that there will be no indictments or report issued by U.S. Attorney John Durham before the election, according to an anonymously-sourced report published by Axios on Friday.
Trump and his supporters have been anxiously awaiting tangible results from Durham’s “investigation of the investigators,” a review of the origins of the Russian collusion hoax and the Obama-era FBI’s 2016 surveillance of the Trump campaign.
Trump: “Very disappointing” if true
News of the report did not please President Donald Trump. “If that’s the case I think it’s terrible. It’s very disappointing. And I’ll tell him to his face,” Trump said while speaking with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Friday.
“I think it’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment,” the president added.
“I’m hearing this for the first time. If Bill Barr made that statement, I would be very disappointed in him,” Trump continued.
One of those unnamed sources, a Republican congressional aide, told Axios, “This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn’t happen before the election.”
Republicans have been increasingly concerned about the lack of tangible results from Durham ahead of the election, though it is also widely understood that Durham continues to conduct his investigation in search of prosecutable crimes.
While Durham may have legitimate reasons for the slow pace of the probe, if nothing is released ahead of the election and Democratic nominee Joe Biden manages to win the presidency, many conservatives fear that the probe will be quickly shut down and none of what he has discovered will ever be made public.
Trump was, unsurprisingly, less than thrilled by the reports that nothing will be forthcoming from Durham or Barr before Election Day, The Daily Caller reported.
Trump: “He’s got all the information he needs”
Even before the Axios report came out, Trump had told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo: “To be honest, Bill Barr is going to go down as either the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he’s going to go down as, you know, a very sad situation.”
“He’s got all the information he needs. They want to get more, more, more. They keep getting more. I said, ‘you don’t need any more,'” the president continued.
“Unless Bill Barr indicts these people for crimes, the greatest political crime in the history of our country, then we’re going to get little satisfaction unless I win and we’ll just have to go, because I won’t forget it,” Trump added.