Remember the investigation being led by Attorney General William Barr’s Department of Justice (DOJ) into the origins of the failed Trump–Russia collusion probe? One congressman believes that a new development could be near.
Ohio Republican Jim Jordan said Sunday that he expects a report from U.S. Attorney John Durham to be released “real soon,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Durham was first appointed by Barr in the spring of 2019 to lead what some have called an “investigation of the investigators.”
Frustrated it didn’t happen sooner
Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, based his statement on “numerous talks” he has had with the DOJ.
“Mr. Durham is doing his work. I expect some kind of report…real soon,” Jordan said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, according to the Examiner.
The congressman did not provide any details about what might be in Durham’s report, but he did express frustration at how long the process is taking.
“Like you, I am frustrated that it didn’t happen sooner,” Jordan told host Maria Bartiromo, as the Examiner reported. “But, look, you and I can’t prosecute anyone. We can’t indict anyone. All we can do is get the facts out to the American people. The Justice Department has to do that. I’m hopeful they are going to have something real soon for the American people.”
Little to show for it
Jordan is right: Durham’s investigation has gone on for over a year and a half, with very little to show for it thus far.
The president and many Republicans lawmakers have long believed that the Russia collusion investigation was part of a scheme by prominent Democratic politicians and members of various intelligence agencies to get Trump out of office.
Thus far, Durham has only obtained one guilty plea from a former FBI lawyer for altering a CIA email to gain surveillance against a former Trump campaign associate, as the Examiner reported. It is unclear whether — and when — any further indictments are coming.
Talk about the investigation being released died down in October when it became clear that to avoid accusations about interfering in the presidential election Barr, Durham, and the DOJ were going to hold off on releasing any further information about their investigation.
There are now worries that if Durham doesn’t act soon, a Biden presidency could bury Durham’s investigation altogether.