For nearly a year, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham has been investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe. According to one senior Republican, Americans won’t need to wait much longer to hear what Durham has uncovered.
“His investigation is due to be completed sometime this summer,” The Washington Examiner quoted House Minority Leader Jim Jordan (R-OH) as promising on Tuesday.
The disclosure came on Tuesday during a House Rules Committee meeting after Jordan was asked by fellow Republican Michael Burgess (R-TX) if “anybody is going to be accountable now.”
“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Attorney General William Barr stated at the time.
“It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory,” Barr went on.
“Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration.”
Ex-FBI lawyer in the crosshairs
Among the examples of cited wrongdoing was the decision by former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith to allegedly alter an email used in the FISA application for Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.
“Relying upon this altered email, [Clinesmith] signed the third renewal application that again failed to disclose Page’s past relationship with the other agency,” Horowitz’s report said.
Regarding Clinesmith, Jordan told Burgess, “I gotta believe that individual at some point is going to be held accountable.”
Barr appointed Durham to lead the inquiry in May of 2019. In October of that year, Fox News reported that the inquiry had morphed into a criminal investigation, a fact that some Democrats expressed alarm over.
“These reports, if true, raise profound new concerns that the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr has lost its independence and become a vehicle for President Trump’s political revenge,” Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) declared. “If the Department of Justice may be used as a tool of political retribution, or to help the President with a political narrative for the next election, the rule of law will suffer new and irreparable damage.”