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Special Counsel John Durham 'still in action' investigating origins of Trump-Russia probe, AG Garland says

Special Counsel John Durham 'still in action' investigating origins of Trump-Russia probe, AG Garland says

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Attorney General Merrick Galrland stated Thursday that John Durham, the Special Counsel investigating Trump-Russia’s origins, is “still active”. 

Thursday’s testimony at the House Judiciary Committee saw Garland being asked questions about Durham’s ongoing probe that has been going on for years. 

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Garland stated that the special counsel was “still in operation.” 

Garland stated, “I believe you can easily assume that his budget was approved.” “We don’t normally make a statement about those said things.” 

Garland added: “You would know if he weren’t continuing to do his work.” 

Former Attorney General Bill Barr appointed then-U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham in 2019 to investigate the origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, or Crossfire Hurricane, which began in July 2016, through the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, shortly after Mueller completed his years-long investigation into whether his campaign colluded or coordinated with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election, though the question of whether Trump obstructed justice was left open in the final report.

Durham accused Kevin Clinesmith, an ex-FBI lawyer, with making false statements in August 2020. This was the first criminal case that arose from Durham’s investigation. Clinesmith was sent to the authorities for possible prosecution. Justice DepartmentThe Russia investigation was examined by the s inspector general.

Clinesmith was accused by the inspector general of altering an email regarding Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor, to state that he wasn’t a source for any other government agency. Page claimed he was a source of information for the CIA. Page claimed he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ used that claim to submit a final renewal request in 2017.

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Barr had left the Trump government in December and appointed Durham to be his special counsel. He wanted to carry on his investigations through the Biden administration. 

In the scope order, Barr stated that Durham “is authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.”

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U.S. law requires that special counsel produce a “confidential Report”; he is required to send to Attorney General a final and interim report.

Garland, during his confirmation hearing, said he saw “no reason” why Durham should not continue his investigation, and added that he is “a great believer in transparency,” when asked about making Durham’s eventual report public. Garland stated that he will “have to speak with Durham” and learn the details of Durham’s investigation.

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In her confirmation hearing Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General, committed herself to providing these services. DurhamHe has the required resources to carry on his investigation, which began in Spring 2019.

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As special counsel, Durham, so far, has charged just one individual – Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann – with knowingly making false statements to the FBI.

Sussman is accused of lying to FBI attorney James Baker about data linking Trump’s organization to a secret service that communicated with Alfa Bank. This bank has close ties to Russia. Durham could be expanding his probe to add additional charges against Sussmann and other defendants, according to the indictment.

FoxNews.com

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