During a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General William Barr tried to assure Congress that he would not take any actions likely to sway the outcome of the upcoming election, but Democrats are not taking him at his word, according to NPR.
The main source of concern among Democrats is the possibility that the results of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe of the Russian collusion investigation will be revealed before November, and Barr has not agreed to prevent that from happening despite being asked by some of the left to do so.
Barr said that he didn’t believe that the product of Durham’s investigation would violate Justice Department policy against releasing information that would cause an “uproar” in the election.
“I will be very careful. I know what Justice Department policy is,” Barr said when he spoke before the Judiciary Committee, as Politico noted. “Any report will be, in my judgment, not one that is covered by the policy and would disrupt the election.”
The Durham investigation — which transformed into a criminal probe last October — has been going on for more than a year, and many believe that it may be nearing its conclusion.
“In terms of the future of Durham’s investigation, he’s pressing ahead as hard as he can, and I expect that we will have some developments, hopefully before the end of the summer,” Barr said last month about Durham’s timeline, Politico reported.
A source told NPR that Durham wants to interview former CIA Director John Brennan, but noted that he is not a criminal target of the probe. Similarly, Barr has said that former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden are also not being targeted in the investigation, according to Reuters.
The ultimate scope of Durham’s work remains unclear, and while Republicans have long pinned their hopes on eventual indictments stemming from the probe, Democrats are justifiably concerned about what might emerge.
A previous investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found material errors and omissions in the FBI’s handling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants it used to spy on the Trump campaign, but that probe didn’t have the same scope and authority afforded to Durham to determine whether any laws were broken in the course of the original Russia probe.
The handling of the FBI investigation into former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has already led the Justice Department to request that the case be dropped, even if the politically-motivated judge has continued to stand in the way of that outcome.
Even if Durham’s findings ultimately do impact the election, now is the time for transparency. Voters deserve to know the truth about what Democrats and the Deep State did to undermine President Donald Trump and to be fully informed about the abuses committed during the prior administration.
If Democrats don’t want the truth to be known about the claimed justification for and the legality of years of costly, divisive investigations into President Trump and those associated with him, what does that say about their integrity?