In his first television interview since the election on Nov. 3, President Donald Trump had a lot to say to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, including about his allegations of widespread election fraud.
In a phone interview Sunday, Bartiromo asked Trump if federal law enforcement agencies are getting involved in his legal efforts, and also wondered what happened to John Durham, the U.S. attorney behind the Justice Department’s ongoing “investigation of the investigators” who began the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe. In response, the president lamented that they’ve all been “missing in action,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Trump’s not sure
“Where is the DOJ and the FBI in all of this, Mr. President?” Bartiromo asked, as the Examiner reported. “You have laid out some serious charges here. Shouldn’t this be something that the FBI is investigating? Are they?”
It’s a legitimate question that has been asked countless times by Trump’s followers on social media, including a number of high-profile conservatives. With the level of fraud alleged by Trump and his lawyers, it would seem like those departments would announce at least some level of interest in investigating. But not so, says the president.
“Missing in action. Can’t tell you where they are,” he told Bartiromo, according to the Examiner. “I ask, ‘Are they looking at it?’ Everyone says, ‘Yes, they’re looking at it.’”
Trump then turned to Durham directly. The U.S. attorney was first selected by Attorney General Bill Barr in May 2019 to look into the origins of and investigators involved in the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.
“Where are they with all of this stuff, and what happened to Durham? Where’s Durham?” Trump pressed, according to the Examiner.
Trump doubles down
According to a separate report from the Washington Examiner, Bartiromo also asked the president Sunday whether he would be willing to appoint a special prosecutor to pick up where Durham apparently left off. Trump reportedly said he’d consider it.
The president went on to insist that the 2020 election was rife with fraud at all levels, calling into question the lack of response by the agencies that could actually make a real difference by getting to the bottom of any widespread criminal activities that might have taken place.
“This is total fraud, and how the FBI and Department of Justice, I don’t know, maybe they’re involved, but how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged,” Trump said, according to the Examiner.
He repeated a similar line from earlier in the week, in which he insisted that there was not a chance that Joe Biden received 80 million votes or that he outperformed former President Barack Obama in America’s Black communities on Nov. 3.
There’s no telling where Durham or anyone else in that capacity stands on the post-election turmoil, but I have a feeling it won’t be long before Trump asserts enough pressure to see them emerge and take some level of action. Only time will tell.