Barr Appoints Durham Special Counsel in Russia Probe

Barr Appoints Durham Special Counsel in Russia Probe

( – In May 2019, US Attorney General William Barr appointed federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russian collusion hoax against President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign. Since that time, there have been many revelations.

There was lying to the secret FISA court, improprieties in the leadership of the FBI, as well as the true origin of the false claim that then-candidate Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton.

In a letter dated October 19, Barr appointed Durham to the position of Special Counsel but withheld that information until after the 2020 election. A special counsel works under the Department of Justice (DOJ) but is shielded from political appointees. One can only be fired for “good cause.”

The promotion ensures that an incoming Biden administration cannot impede Durham’s ongoing review that the Attorney General says is now a criminal investigation. Last spring, the AG said he hoped the investigation would wrap up by the summer. However, COVID-19 and new revelations extended Durham’s investigation.

What Is Durham Investigating?

Durham’s investigation is supposedly looking into Crossfire Hurricane, the name given to the project by senior FBI officials investigating Trump’s falsely alleged collusion with Russia. The FBI began investigating Trump over suspicions that his campaign was working with the Russians to thwart Clinton.

Crossfire Hurricane was eventually handed off to Robert Mueller, who was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate the matter. Mueller spent nearly three years probing the issue only to determine there was no collusion. During that time, Congressional Democrats claimed to have proof that Trump did the deed despite being told behind closed doors by the intelligence community there was no evidence.

Throughout the ordeal, President Trump ferociously defended himself and his campaign. He often called the investigation a “witch hunt” and an attempted “coup” of a duly elected president.

In September 2020, it was discovered that Hillary Clinton approved a Russian hoax to distract from her email scandal towards the end of the 2016 campaign.

Republicans Expect Investigation to Go Unimpeded

In a separate letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Barr said his decision to hold off on notification of Durham’s appointment was due to the closeness of the 2020 election. It’s standard practice in the DOJ not to announce investigations involving political candidates before an election.

Republicans are now giving Democrats a dose of their own medicine. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he hopes Democrats will show Durham the same respect they showed Mueller. Democrats championed Mueller but were disappointed that he didn’t provide them with ammunition to impeach Trump.

Graham called for the investigation into the Russian collusion hoax by Durham to go on without political interference.

Potential president-elect Joe Biden has not commented on the matter. It’s possible as former vice-president that Biden’s actions, if any, could be looked into by Durham.

Over the months ahead, there could be new revelations. Stay tuned.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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