Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion hoax just took a turn that must have Democrats running scared.
A new report from the New York Times reveals that Durham has shifted his focus to former CIA director John Brennan and a rather disturbing theory about his handling of the 2016 analysis of Russian election interference.
According to its sources, the Times reports that “Mr. Durham may have come to view with suspicion several clashes between analysts at different intelligence agencies over who could see each other’s highly sensitive secrets.”
It continues: “Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said.”
The report indicates that Durham is specifically looking at the various intelligence agencies’ assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
As the Washington Examiner explains, “One major battle was about the identity and credibility of a CIA source allegedly close to the Kremlin. The NSA wanted more details about him, which the CIA resisted before providing them. The NSA then disagreed with the CIA and FBI about how much confidence to place in the source.”
More specifically, the CIA gave the source great credit and was prepared to submit an assessment based largely on this individual’s information. But the NSA and FBI disagreed.
Throughout this whole process, there appears to have been some real secrecy going on, with Brennan keeping some high ranking individuals, including at one point even the secretary of state, the defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the Treasury secretary, out of the loop.
What’s going on here?
If true, it is obvious why Durham is trying to get to the bottom of this — it looks awfully suspicious. Although Durham has yet to interview Brennan, he has requested his emails and other records.
Brennan must certainly be feeling the pressure now. Durham is reportedly expected to wrap up his investigation in the spring or summer.
Meanwhile, another major figure in the anti-Trump intelligence agency drama got a reprieve this week.
The DOJ announced that they have closed a case against former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying to the feds about the sharing of certain information with the media in 2016.