OVERLOOKED – Outgoing Attorney General William Barr secretly appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham ‘special counsel’ to protect him from a Biden administration potentially obstructing or interfering with the criminal investigation.
Durham was picked by AG Barr to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, with a focus on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane fusion cell which spearheaded the infamous and unfounded counterintelligence probe into baseless accusations that Donald Trump was actively colluding with Russia.
As I have written, we have since learned that the entire false Trump-Russia collusion narrative was likely concocted by the Hillary Clinton campaign to vilify Trump and deflect from her own email scandal.
Barr told the Associated Press, “I decided the best thing to do would be to appoint them under the same regulation that covered Bob Mueller, to provide Durham and his team some assurance that they’d be able to complete their work regardless of the outcome of the election.”
Benjamin Wittes described Barr’s move as “devilishly clever” in an essay at Lawfare, adding:
The move has the effect of saddling Biden with a special counsel investigation. Because while as a U.S. attorney, Durham can—and likely will—be dismissed in the normal course of the change of administration, as a special counsel he is protected from removal by regulations that require he can be fired only for ‘good cause’ or for some gross impropriety. He is also guaranteed a certain amount of day-to-day independence.
Durham’s investigation uncovered that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith falsified records used to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a key witness in the Trump probe. Clinesmith was criminally charged and pled guilty.
Meanwhile, Durham is expanding his prosecutorial team and making “excellent progress,” in his investigation, according to a federal law enforcement official, tweeted Bret Baier of Fox News.
Special Counsel Durham is now reportedly focusing on former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who produced the anti-Trump dossier at the center of the Trump probe. Durham appears to believe that FBI agents may have mishandled classified information in their relationship with Steele.
In a previously unreported move, Durham enlisted a British law firm over the summer to take Steele to court in London, aiming to compel him to turn over notes he had taken of his meetings with the FBI in 2016, according to people with direct knowledge of the episode.
The underlying context for the request, the people said, is that Durham believes Steele’s notes could contain evidence that FBI agents improperly disclosed classified information about Crossfire Hurricane…
Team Biden should realize that this investigation into the origins of the fraudulent Trump-Russia probe will continue at full speed regardless, and the results may not be what they expect or want.