Bill Barr’s highly anticipated probe of Russia-gate could wrap up as soon as June.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said that U.S. attorney John Durham’s review should be finished “sometime this summer,” the Washington Examiner reported. That’s heartening for allies of President Donald Trump who have been waiting for accountability for members of the so-called “Deep State.”
“His investigation is due to be completed sometime this summer,” Jordan said. Barr said in December that Durham’s probe would take several months.
Durham probe could be over by June
President Donald Trump has fumed against a “witch hunt,” or “coup,” perpetrated by a cadre of “dirty cops” like former FBI director James Comey and others who tried to overthrow him. At the core of the story is the FBI’s reliance on a “dirty dossier” to justify spying on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign member.
Although a watchdog last year found that the FBI and DOJ repeatedly lied to justify spying on Page, there has not been the kind of reckoning for the “Deep State” that some have come to expect. Despite an effort to reform the FISA process, many supporters of Trump are eagerly looking to Durham’s probe to hand down indictments for an alleged criminal conspiracy against Trump — a scenario some had been led to believe would result from the IG report.
Jordan said that Durham was tapped for that express reason during a House Rules committee meeting about FISA reform, the Examiner reported. He pointed to Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI lawyer under criminal investigation by Durham for altering a FISA document.
“I gotta believe that individual at some point is going to be held accountable,” Jordan said.
Trump threatens to veto FISA bill
Trump’s enemies have criticized the Durham probe, casting it as a bad faith effort to undermine the Robert Mueller investigation. Barr has himself been characterized as a nefarious henchman of Trump’s, a man who puts personal loyalty to the president before the Constitution.
That characterization is largely thanks to Barr’s perceived sympathy for Trump’s treatment by the media and the so-called “intelligence community.” Barr has affirmed that Trump’s campaign was spied on and has even questioned whether there was “bad faith” in the FBI’s use of FISA.
This all comes as the House passed a bi-partisan reform bill to reauthorize surveillance powers — and reform aspects of FISA to prevent abuses. The bill has the support of Barr, Republicans like Jordan as well as Democrats. Carter Page is calling it a failure and a rubber stamp of the status quo.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has said that he may veto the bill, citing Durham’s ongoing probe into the “coup.”
“Many Republican Senators want me to Veto the FISA Bill until we find out what led to, and happened with, the illegal attempted ‘coup’ of the duly elected President of the United States, and others!” Trump tweeted.