On Monday, United States Attorney for Connecticut John Durham came out with a major announcement regarding personnel.
“I am thrilled that Sarah Karwan will lead our Criminal Division,” Durham said in a statement released by the Justice Department.
Criminal division appointment
“During her more than 12 years as an AUSA, Sarah has done it all, prosecuting violent criminals, drug traffickers, financial fraudsters, corrupt public officials, and a wide variety of other wrongdoers.”
“Given the breadth of her experience and her exceptional lawyering skills, she certainly will be a standout as our new Criminal Chief.”
The statement went on to explain that Karwan “graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1997, and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2000.”
As head of the district’s criminal division, she will oversee 4 units: Violent Crimes and Narcotics, Financial Fraud and Public Corruption, National Security and Cybercrime, and Major Crimes.
Trump-Russia collusion probe
Durham has been in the news over the past year for his role in investigating misconduct during the Trump-Russia collusion probe. Attorney General Bill Barr tasked Durham with the role in May of 2019.
By October, his administrative review had morphed into a criminal investigation. The president reacted to this news by predicting that Durham’s efforts would uncover “a lot of really bad things.”
“It looks like it’s becoming very serious from what I’m hearing. Investigate the investigators,” President Trump told reporters at the time.
Durham made headlines in December for publicly disputing the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse committed during the Trump-Russia probe.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham contended in a DOJ statement.
“Our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”