President Donald Trump just dropped a bomb on U.S. Attorney John Durham.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump unloaded this week on the U.S. attorney who was first tasked in May 2019 with investigating the investigators behind the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe.
“We’re still waiting”
In a video statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday, the president said he’s “never spoken to” or even met Durham, and at this point, he’s starting to grow weary with the attorney’s apparent lack of progress.
Many of the president’s supporters were hoping that Durham would release a report on his findings before Election Day, finally exposing those behind the FBI’s controversial “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subsequent probe. But those hopes didn’t pan out.
“We’re still waiting for a report from a man named Durham, who I have never spoken to and I have never met,” Trump said Wednesday, according to the Examiner. “They can go after me before the election as much as they want. But unfortunately, Mr. Durham didn’t want to go after these people or have anything to do with going after them before the election.”
Trump added: “So, who knows if he’s ever going to even do a report?”
Statement by Donald J. Trump, The President of the United States
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
Trump’s comments came just a day after Attorney General Bill Barr, who first tapped Durham to lead the investigation, revealed that Durham has since been appointed as special counsel. It was a designation first made in October, Barr told the Associated Press, in an effort to protect Durham’s probe from being easily quashed by a new administration in the White House.
“Although I had expected Mr. Durham to complete his work by the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as additional information he uncovered, prevented him from doing so,” Barr said in a letter notifying lawmakers of the move, according to Fox News.
“In advance of the presidential election, I decided to appoint Mr. Durham as a Special Counsel to provide him and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the election,” he added.
Only time will tell, however, if the designation will be enough to help Durham finally bring accountability to those responsible for making President Trump’s early tenure in the White House so difficult. The president, for his part, didn’t seem optimistic in an interview with Fox last weekend.
“They lied, they leaked, they spied on our campaign,” Trump said of former FBI figures like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, as the Washington Examiner reported. “Where are [the investigators] with all of this stuff? And, you know, what happened to Durham? Where’s Durham?” The question remains.