President Donald Trump is fighting for a second term before the country has yet received a full accounting of the Russia hoax that consumed his first.
In the interest of justice — and politics, Republicans are hoping that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe gets to the bottom of it all and provides an Election Day tailwind, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Eagerly awaiting results
Durham was appointed last year by Attorney General William Barr to investigate corruption within the Trump–Russia probe, which the president has called a “witch hunt” and a spying scandal unlike anything in American history.
But despite high expectations, the Durham probe remain ongoing with just months to go before the November election, and there is nothing solid to suggest that a reckoning for former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and other Trump foes from the “Deep State” is anywhere near.
Trump allies are holding out hope that Durham will bring indictments before Nov. 3 — turning the tide against Biden, whose involvement in the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has come under the microscope in recent months.
The president has accused his predecessor in the Oval Office of conspiring with Biden and top aides to target Flynn, his first national security adviser, after evidence emerged of political bias in the FBIs probe of the retired lieutenant general.
“There’s lots of indications that he was involved in many of those discussions,” said Michael Johns, a founder of the Tea Party movement, according to the Examiner. “To the extent he was involved in behavior that was considered at the very least unethical, if not criminal, that would reflect very detrimentally on his candidacy.”
Can Durham deliver?
Time really is of the essence, because if President Trump loses in November, then the investigations of Russiagate may grind to a halt.
While Durham is expected to finish by the summer’s end, sources have said that he will consider “punting” until after the election to avoid the appearance of political bias, as Fox News reported. But with battle lines having long been formed with regard to the Russia scandal, some even wonder if there is a limit to the damage Durham can even do.
“The [l]eft will be energized against Durham, the [r]ight will be energized for him, and most people in the middle will be more interested in COVID and their families going back to work,” said one Republican strategist.
In the meantime, Trump supporters remain divided on whether Durham will deliver at all. Tom Fitton, president of conservative group Judicial Watch, has cautioned that Republicans should prepare to be disappointed, while President Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, predicts that indictments will issue soon. “It’s all starting to come unraveled. And I tell you, it’s time that people go to jail and people are indicted,” Meadows said, according to Fox News.
Encouraging, sure, but for many this rhetoric is starting to get a little stale. When can Americans expect results?