U.S. Attorney John Durham has been tasked by Attorney General William Barr with investigating the origins of the much-hyped, now-discredited narrative that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election. Part of the focus is expected to center on what actions former Obama administration officials took surrounding the Russia probe during the election and in the presidential transition interval following Trump’s unexpected victory. Those findings are expected to be released sometime this summer.
“I never met Durham because I want to stay out of it because otherwise, it’s going to look political, but as you know, Durham is a highly respected person, and Bill Barr is doing a great job as Attorney General,” said the president. “Let’s see what they come up with, but they don’t have to tell me. All I have to do is read the papers — the ‘insurance policy’: ‘In case she doesn’t win, we have an insurance policy.’ Now we’ve caught them.”
Alluding to rapidly accumulating evidence of politicized investigative and prosecutorial abuses thoughout the course of the Russia probe, President Trump said, “We caught them cold. [Fired former anti-Trump FBI agent Peter] Strozk and [former anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa] Page, the two lovers, [former CIA Director John] Brennan and [former Director of National Intelligece James] Clapper the way they lied.”
A torrent of reports and declassified documents in recent months has revealed that, among other things: