As Nov. 3 draws closer, supporters of President Donald Trump are anxiously waiting to hear from U.S. Attorney John Durham on the findings of his investigation into the origins of the probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 election.
It seems they are going to be left waiting, however. Citing a report from Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo, Breitbart revealed Sunday that Durham’s report is unlikely to be released before Election Day — and the same goes for any indictments that he may have up his sleeve.
The Durham report
Fox News host Sean Hannity has touted the Durham report as potentially devastating for those who were involved in the Trump–Russia probe.
So far, the only big announcement to come from the investigation was the indictment of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty on charges related to falsifying an email that investigators used to obtain a warrant to wiretap Carter Page, Trump’s former campaign adviser, The Hill reported.
According to Bartiromo, sources told her Durham’s report and any indictments from his team will likely not be released before the election because of fears in the Department of Justice that it would be seen as politically motivated.
“A debate has begun within the Department of Justice as the timing of John Durham’s criminal investigation conclusions,” Bartiromo said this week on her show Sunday Morning Futures, according to Breitbart. “I’m being told by sources it is now too close to the election and could be viewed as politically motivated.”
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) September 27, 2020
The bottom line
While this news will be disappointing for many Trump supporters, a delay on Durham’s part could work in the president’s favor.
If the report was released before the election and no indictments followed, it would only fuel the Democrats’ case that the probe against Trump was justified.
According to the Washington Examiner, Attorney General William Barr has said former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden are not targets of Durham’s, so this entire investigation could turn out to be simply a waste of taxpayer money.
One thing we know for sure, however, is that if Biden wins the presidency this fall, everything Durham uncovers will go down the memory hole.