Soon-to-be former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has gone to great lengths to expose any potential wrongdoing by the players and agencies involved in the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation, which was long seen as the golden ticket for Democrats who believed it would take down President Donald Trump in the early days of his presidency. Now, it looks like the Justice Department is kicking things up a notch.
According to the Daily Wire, U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Barr in 2019 to investigate the case and recently elevated to special counsel status, has revealed that he’s “expanding his team.”
The news came on the same day that Barr announced his resignation from the U.S. Department of Justice, which will be effective prior to the Christmas holiday break.
“Expanding his team”
According to the Daily Wire, Fox News’ Bret Baier first broke the news on Monday that Durham’s investigation into the players behind the failed Trump–Russia probe is moving right along, adding that federal law enforcement sources claim that Durham is making “excellent progress.”
“US Attorney John Durham, who AG Bill Barr tapped to investigate the origins of the Trump Russia probe, is expanding his team by adding additional prosecutors, and is making, ‘excellent progress,'” Baier tweeted.
Prior to being appointed by Barr as a special counsel for the investigation, Durham was tasked with the job of digging into the origins of the Trump–Russia probe — or as it was called then, “Crossfire Hurricane” — and reporting what he discovered.
He was widely expected to release a report of his findings prior to the 2020 election, but that never happened — something Trump has made clear on plenty of occasions that he isn’t pleased with.
According to reports from the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, Barr recently announced that Durham had been moved to special counsel status in October, based on findings that deemed it necessary and the fact that the special counsel title affords Durham some level of protection in an incoming administration that might not be too keen on uncovering what exactly happened in the lead-up to the Trump–Russia probe.
It’s getting serious
While plenty of Democrats have called for an end to Durham’s investigation, recent reports revealed that it sounds like it’s just getting started.
According to a recent report from Politico, Durham has apparently dialed in on Christopher Steele, the former British spy who penned the now-infamous and grossly false “Steele dossier” that essentially kickstarted the counterintelligence operation aimed at Trump and his administration.
Though it went unreported until very recently, Durham was said to have employed a British law firm over the summer in an attempt to compel Steele into surrendering notes of meetings he had with FBI agents in 2016.
Only time will tell how much progress Durham will make in exposing the allegedly illegal efforts to spy on Trump’s campaign, but from how it’s looking now, a growing number of D.C. establishment swamp types are likely losing a little more sleep each night.