Tapped by Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been looking into possible wrongdoing by investigators during the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe for over a year. Now, one prominent White House staffer has announced that indictments from Durham could be on the way.
According to the Washington Examiner, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in a Sunday interview with Fox News host Marita Bartiromo that he predicts charges will come soon against those behind what President Donald Trump has long called a “hoax.”
“I think the American people expect indictments — I know I expect indictments based on the evidence I’ve seen,” Meadows said on the latest episode of Sunday Morning Futures, according to the Examiner.
Meadows also praised Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for doing “a good job in getting that [evidence] out,” the Examiner reported.
“There wasn’t a case”
The public has long wondered whether indictments would ever come out of Durham’s probe, which turned into a criminal investigation in October 2019, as Fox News reported. In the latest development, Sen. Graham released last week declassified FBI documents that served to further discredit the so-called “Steele dossier,” a collection of salacious rumors about Trump that were compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Despite the FBI being aware of its dubious nature, the dossier was cited by the bureau as evidence when they sought warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor a staffer on Trump’s 2016 campaign team over alleged ties to Russia — ties that never materialized, even after a months-long investigation by a special counsel, as Fox noted.
According to Meadows, those involved in obtaining the phony warrants — and continuing the investigation into Trump and his team even after the warrants were shown to be obtained on nefarious pretenses — should be held accountable for their actions.
“We know that they not only knew that there wasn’t a case, but they continued to investigate and spy — and yes, I use the word ‘spy’ — on Trump campaign officials and actually even doing things when this president was sworn in and after that and doing it in an inappropriate manner,” Meadows complained to Bartiromo on Sunday, according to the Examiner.
“It’s all starting to unravel”
The chief of staff also said Americans can expect “to see a couple of other documents come out in the coming days that will suggest that not only was the campaign spied on, but the FBI did not act appropriately as they were investigating.”
“It’s all starting to unravel, and I tell you, it’s time that people go to jail and people are indicted,” Meadows said, according to the Examiner.
According to Meadows, the corruption is simply “stunning” — but it’s more than just that the claims in the dossier weren’t true.
“The problem is they knew it wasn’t true,” he told Bartiromo, according to the Examiner. “And when you know something is not true and you continue the investigation, that’s collusion, that’s the kind of thing that we must stop, and that’s where we need to hold people accountable.”