John Durham, the U.S. attorney tasked with investigating the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, is expanding his probe to include “a post-election timeline,” Fox News reported on Tuesday. Durham—who has a reputation for being a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor— has also added agents and resources to the case, multiple senior administration officials told Fox.
Previously, it was understood that Durham was only reviewing U.S. intelligence activities during the 2016 election up to the inauguration.
Now, based on his findings, Durham has reportedly expanded his investigation to include a time period that runs through “the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.”
Although he has denied it, recently released government documents show that Mueller in May of 2017 interviewed for the FBI director post after his comrade James Comey was fired. At the same time, Mueller was also looking at the real possibility that he could be named special counsel in the Russia investigation. This matters because during his July congressional testimony, Mueller denied under oath that he had tried for the FBI director position, saying he believed he was only giving “input” to the president about the position.
“It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel” Trump tweeted the day of Mueller’s Capitol Hill testimony. “Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!”
The DOJ’s investigation meanwhile has spread to several other countries, eliciting consternation and confusion from Democrats, who still believe that the western assets who approached Trump campaign officials overseas were Russian spies.
As American Greatness previously reported, Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham recently traveled to Italy where they asked law enforcement officials to assist Durham in his probe. The pair have also had conversations with officials in the U.K. and Australia about the investigation, according to Fox’s sources.
Barr assigned Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, back in May to conduct the inquiry into alleged misconduct and improper surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who’d improperly colluded with foreign actors.
The attorney “is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries. At Attorney General Barr’s request, the president has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the attorney general and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said last month.
Durham, known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, according to a source, has been focusing on the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants. Durham was asked to help Barr to “ensure that intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were lawful and appropriate.”
As the attorney general closes in on the intelligence community’s election year malfeasance, Democrats are increasingly going on the attack against him.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” late last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Barr has “gone rogue,” and accused him of attempting to “cover-up” the “whistleblower” complaint.
“I think where they are going is the cover-up of the cover-up, and that’s very really sad for them. To have a Justice Department go so rogue, they have been for a while, and now it just makes matters worse,” said Pelosi.
Just like the Russia hoax, Ukraine-Gate is another soft coup attempt from a party desperate to prevent the Trump administration from uncovering the gross malfeasance on their own side.
Pure political projection has long been a Democrat specialty.
The reason they are able to go on offense with a weak hand is because the media, the swamp, the tech industry, academia, and the entertainment industry are on their side and willing to disseminate their false narratives. Time will tell whether their latest (impeachment) gambit will work for them.