‘People ought to go to jail’: Republican congressman calls for accountability in Durham probe

In May 2019, Attorney General Bill Barr tapped John Durham to head an investigation by the Justice Department into the allegedly nefarious origins of the so-called Trump–Russia collusion probe. Now, one Republican congressman is predicting that investigation will lead to accountability — and possibly even some arrests.

“People need to be held accountable,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity on Thursday night, speaking of Barr and Durham’s investigation. “They abuse their power to literally try to take down a candidate for president of the United States. People ought to go to jail.”

“Put them in jail”

According to the Washington Examiner, Scalise told Hannity that he has seen “classified information” that suggests Durham’s probe will be incriminating for those in Washington accused of wrongdoing in the beginnings of an investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign team.

“I have seen some classified information I can’t go into, but, I can say this: hopefully, Durham names names,” Scalise said. “I think the attorney general is waiting to see what comes out of that. And then, hopefully, they go after those people and put them in jail.”

According to Scalise, the evidence shows that there are still “dirty cops” in Washington; in other words, the swamp has yet to be fully drained.

Failures in the FBI

Indeed, although Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz did not expose the big-time corruption that some were expecting in his recent, similar probe of the Trump–Russia collusion “hoax,” he did show that there were abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as Republicans had long alleged.

In fact, FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week that the FBI employees who were named in the Horowitz report will soon face investigation — and if Scalise is right, they won’t be the only ones getting the book thrown at them.

“The failures highlighted in that report are unacceptable — period,” Wray said Wednesday, according to the Examiner. “They don’t reflect who the FBI is as an institution, and they cannot be repeated. The FBI has embraced every last one of the inspector general’s recommendations, but we’re also making a number of improvements above and beyond.”

The future ahead

But, lest Americans get the wrong idea about the FBI, Scalise told Hannity Thursday that Durham’s upcoming report will show that “99%” of the FBI consists of “good people,” the Examiner noted.

Arrests and prosecutions are still a possibility, however. Durham’s probe of “Russiagate” became a criminal investigation last fall, according to The New York Times, and his investigation is said to be much wider in scope than Horowitz’s, meaning there’s no telling what he might find.

Indeed, Scalise’s comments are just the latest to suggest that Barr and Durham have found some real wrongdoing — and it’s high time that those responsible are held accountable in Washington.

It remains unclear when Barr and Durham’s report will be released, but when it is, justice may finally be served.

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