U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor appointed by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to lead an investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe, has announced his resignation as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, the Washington Examiner reported.
His resignation will officially go into effect at midnight on Sunday.
Asked to resign
Durham announced his resignation in a statement Friday.
“My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975. Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies,” Durham wrote.
He continued, “My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as U.S. Attorney, and as a career prosecutor before that, and I will sorely miss it.”
President Joe Biden asked Durham, along with all other Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys, to resign. It is a common practice for an incoming administration to request these resignations so that the new president can make his own appointments.
Durham said he will be replaced by state and federal prosecutor Leonard Boyle, writing, “The Office will be in the extraordinarily capable hands of Len and our superb supervisory team who, together, guarantee that the proper administration of justice will continue uninterrupted in our District.”
Russia collusion origins probe
Although Durham will resign as U.S. attorney, he will continue as special counsel into the Russia probe, according to Dena Iverson, the principal deputy director for the DOJ’s office of public affairs, the Examiner reported.
Former U.S. Attorney General Barr made Durham a special prosecutor before leaving office, preventing the incoming administration from upending the investigation.
Thus, Durham will remain a special prosecutor and be able to continue his investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion probe into the Trump administration.
Nevertheless, Durham’s investigation, at least from all appearances, has not been as successful as former President Donald Trump and many Republicans had hoped it would be.
Durham has only managed to acquire one guilty plea from FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who confessed to doctoring a CIA email to help acquire a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretap authorization against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Fox News reported. Clinesmith was only sentenced to one year probation, with no prison time.