As speculation continues to swirl regarding the status of an ongoing investigation into the federal probe of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election, one U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman has provided an update.
Kerri Kupec said on Wednesday that the public could potentially see a report from the team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham “by the end of summer,” as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Hopefully before the end of summer”
Some proponents of Durham’s investigation have expressed concerns that the report might not be completed until after November’s presidential election, which could lead to the results being suppressed if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins.
Of course, Kupec is not the first department source to signal the report could be released sooner rather than later.
Last month, Attorney General William Barr appeared to downplay the possibility of delays, projecting “developments” in the probe “hopefully before the end of the summer.”
The agency’s latest remarks on the topic came this week during a Fox News Channel segment with anchor Bill Hemmer.
He asked Kupec when the American people could expect to hear news from the Durham investigation and she offered a timeline that included the release of a report by the summer’s end, although she noted that the goal is “a criminal investigation” and not simply an investigative report.
“People need to see what was going on”
“But certainly there is a story to be told there,” she added. “The American people deserve resolution, and frankly, justice deserves resolution. Justice needs to be restored, and that report, I think, is going to be really pivotal to the restoration of that one-tiered system of justice. People need to see what was going on.”
Pressed for a firm timeline, Kupec acknowledged that there “are no guarantees in life,” but said she believed it was “important” for news to be released before fall.
In previous comments, Barr has provided some hints regarding the scope and focus of Durham’s probe, which includes finding those responsible for leaking sensitive information during the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation.
“Leaking national defense information, unauthorized disclosure of that information is a felony,” the attorney general said. “We have a lot of leak investigations underway.”
While things can change in any criminal case, the latest evidence indicates that the Trump administration’s ongoing probe remains on track.