Former Obama official wants Durham’s final report to be DOJ-approved

Special Counsel John Durham might not have secured the guilty verdict he was looking for against one of the players involved in securing the anti-Trump dossier before the 2016 election, but his upcoming final report has many people worried.

According to the Washington Examiner, Durham’s final report, which could come out anytime by the end of 2022, could further decimate the reputation of the FBI — at least that’s what some former Obama-era officials believe.

The FBI and the Department of Justice have taken increased backlash in recent months, especially following the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

Durham was appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the debacle known as the Russia-collusion hoax.

Is it over?

Matthew Miller, who worked in Obama’s Justice Department from 2009-2011, believes Attorney General Merrick Garland should be able to review Durham’s report, especially now that Durham seems to be done bringing charges.

“His cases are over. I think it’s clear that he’s not going to bring any more charges in this investigation, but one of the requirements for special counsels under the regulations is that they write a confidential report and submit it to the attorney general, and the attorney general then makes a decision whether to release that report to the public,” Miller said during a recent MSNBC interview.

Miller believes that the outcome of the investigation is different than the investigation ran by Robert Mueller.

“I think Merrick Garland will be under a lot of pressure from Republicans to release that report, but I have to say, this circumstance is very different from the Mueller investigation, where, obviously, the attorney general, Bill Barr, did release that report,” Miller explained.

He added: “It’s different because in that case, the subject of that investigation could not be charged, and so it was appropriate for the department to make its findings public, so Congress could decide whether to impeach and convict the then-sitting president.”

Garland’s promise

It was last October that AG Garland promised that a public report of Durham’s three-year investigation would be released, but was careful to add that he might have “privacy concerns.”

“With respect to the report, I would like as much as possible to be made public — I have to be concerned about Privacy Act concerns and classification, but other than that, the commitment is to provide a public report, yes.”

Miller also indicated that Republicans, especially if they win the House and/or Senate, will undoubtedly subpoena the report if need be. Only time will tell.