A new report on the topic of John Durham’s investigation into the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia probe continues to move forward during the Biden administration, with the special counsel now apparently arranging witness interviews and issuing some subpoenas in frecent months.
President Joe Biden, when he first took office, asked for all Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys to hand in their resignations at the beginning of February. This included asking Durham to step down as the U.S. attorney for the state of Connecticut. However, he was allowed to stay on as special counsel.
Durham stepped down from his post in late February.
A report from CNN published on Tuesday cited unnamed sources who said that after delays last year, pinned on the coronavirus pandemic, Durham’s investigators “are now arranging witness interviews” and grand jury subpoenas “also were being used to gather documents in recent months.”
During his confirmation hearing in February, now-Attorney General Merrick Garland declined to promise the Senate Judiciary Committee directly that he would protect Durham’s investigation nor make his report public, though he said he didn’t currently have any reason to think it wasn’t the right move to keep the prosecutor from continuing his work.
The new report cited “people briefed on the matter” who said Durham’s investigation was scrutinizing the FBI’s “handling” of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier as well as the FBI’s “disclosures” to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, where the bureau received a warrant followed by three renewals in 2016 and 2017 targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The outlet has also cited “people briefed on the matter” in reporting that “some witnesses” have been questioned about how information contained in the Steele dossier made it all the way to the FBI through Perkins Coie, whose top election attorney, Marc Elias, served as the general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s campaign back in 2016, who hired Fusion GPS, who then hired Steele, and then had a meeting with the former MI6 Agent just prior to the election.
Here’s to hoping that if wrong-doing was done in this matter, Durham is able to get to the bottom of it and hold those guilty of violating the former president’s rights are brought to justice.