While the coronavirus pandemic has brought much of the nation to a screeching halt, U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the investigators doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
In fact, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday that Durham has expanded his team of investigators as he closes in on potential wrongdoing in the origins of the infamous Robert Mueller-led Trump–Russia probe.
An expanded team
According to the Examiner, Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, “has been running the operation out of Connecticut and D.C.” But he’s relocated to Washington for the time being, the Examiner reported, “to keep the investigation moving even as the COVID-19 virus hampered many law enforcement efforts nationwide.”
New additions to Durham’s team of investigators include FBI agents and Anthony Scarpelli, a top prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, the Examiner reported.
According to the Examiner, Scarpelli currently serves as chief of the agency’s Violent Crimes and Narcotics Trafficking Section, a position he obtained after more than two decades as a prosecutor.
Other recent additions to Durham’s team include two senior FBI agents and a top prosecutor from Durham’s own office in Connecticut.
Durham’s probe is reportedly looking into the actions of top Intelligence Community officials, like former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. According to a separate report from the Examiner, Durham wants to know what role the men played in pushing a 2017 National Security Assessment that concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of then-candidate Donald Trump.
The attorney’s team is also investigating whether intelligence officials knowingly used information obtained from a later-discredited source — who may have had ties to Russia himself — in obtaining a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign team.
Some have speculated in recent days that indictments may soon be coming in Durham’s probe. For his part, Attorney General Bill Barr, who appointed Durham to lead the probe, has said the 2020 election season won’t stop the Justice Department from handing down charges.
“You don’t indict candidates or perhaps someone that’s sufficiently close to a candidate, that it’s essentially the same, you know, within a certain number of days before an election,” he told radio host Hugh Hewitt this week, according to BizPacReview. “But you know, as I say, I don’t think any of the people whose actions are under review by Durham fall into that category.”
Barr also said he was “troubled” by the developments Durham has already uncovered, BizPacReview reported.
“I wouldn’t use the word shocked,” Barr told Hewitt. “I’m very troubled by it, but you know, I think the reason that we have this investigation is because there are a lot of things that are unexplained. And I think we’re getting deeply into the situation, and we’ll be able to sort out exactly what happened.”
Americans may soon know the truth. At long last.