Report: Durham Looking To Finish Russia Probe by End of Summer, But if Not Might 'Punt' Until After Election


U.S. Attorney John Durham reportedly is under pressure to complete his investigation into the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe directed against the Trump campaign by the end of the summer.

If Durham doesn’t finish by then, however, he might wait until after the November election to release his findings, Fox News reported, based on two unnamed sources familiar with the investigation.

Attorney General William Barr tapped Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe, deemed Crossfire Hurricane, in May 2019.

The move came a month after Barr testified before Congress that he believed “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. The question, the AG observed, was whether it was properly predicated.

Fox News reported Durham is “working expeditiously” to complete his inquiry by the end of the summer, “but that several lines of investigation are not yet complete.”

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“He believes it’s critical to do them,” one source said. “He is feeling more pressure to get this done and wrapped up.”

The source added that Durham doesn’t want his report to be viewed as political, and the closer it gets to November might prompt him to“punt it to after the election.”

Barr told Fox News last month he was “very troubled” by what had been called to his attention as a result of the investigation.

“Among other issues, Durham is reviewing whether federal agencies abused their surveillance powers to pursue figures associated with the Trump campaign,” according to Fox.

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In December, the presiding judge with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rebuked the FBI and DOJ for misrepresentations made in warrants to surveil 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” Judge Rosemary M. Collyer wrote in a public order.

Both former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed FISA warrants to surveil Page.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, President Donald Trump voiced his frustration with the slowness of the wheels of justice.

“We have a totally corrupt previous Administration, including a President and Vice President who spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAUGHT…and nothing happens to them,” Trump wrote.

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“We catch the other side SPYING on my campaign, the biggest political crime and scandal in U.S. history, and NOTHING HAPPENS. But despite this, I have done more than any President in history in first 3 1/2 years!” he added.

A note released last month, written by disgraced former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, suggests that both former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden were well aware of the FBI’s investigation of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn and even offered input concerning it during an Oval Office meeting in early January 2017.

In May, Barr told reporters he does not expect any criminal investigations stemming from Durham’s probe to include either Obama or Biden.

“As to President Obama and VP Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said. “Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.”

Last month, however, the attorney general said recognizable names are being investigated, but he did not get specific.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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