President Donald Trump said Tuesday, Aug. 4, that he believes the Justice Department has uncovered “breathtaking” evidence of misconduct during its investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.
“I do hear it is breathtaking what they found. That’s all I can say, breathtaking. And hopefully it will come out soon. But it is beyond what anybody ever thought even possible,” the president told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs when asked about the issue during an interview.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr assigned United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to be the special prosecutor for reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s conduct in the Russia investigation.
President Trump said he didn’t want to “get overly involved” in the process but expects results to be released soon.
Sounds like Durham is done! Trump has seen the goods!
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During the hearing last week before the House Judiciary Committee, Barr said Durham’s investigation won’t trigger a Justice Department policy against interference in the 2020 presidential race, so results could be released in the weeks leading up to the November election.
When asked by Rep. Debbie Murcasel-Powell (D-Fla.) whether he would commit to not releasing a report from Durham between now and November, the attorney declined.
“No,” Barr responded.
“So you won’t go by Department of Justice policy that you won’t interfere in any political investigation before the November election?” Mucarsel-Powell asked.
“We won’t interfere,” Barr said. “In fact, I made it clear I’m not going to tolerate it.”
In an interview last month with Fox Business Network, Barr suggested the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic had complicated Durham’s work.
“In terms of the future of Durham’s investigation, he’s pressing ahead as hard as he can, and I expect that we will have some developments, hopefully before the end of the summer,” Barr said.
In May, Barr said Durham’s report would not lead to a criminal indictments of top Democratic figures like former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden—the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Following the hearing last week, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said that Barr has “every right” to release the results of Durham’s investigation before the November election and he should release it whenever it is ready.
“Crime is crime,” Collins said, “and what we’re seeing from Durham is, he is investigating criminal activity and if he comes up with the evidence and he’s ready to bring an indictment, it needs to be brought now.”
“Remember, what he’s investigating was the interference by the Department of Justice under President Obama going into the 2016 election,” he continued. “Is there not a better time to actually expose this, and expose the corruption going on in the previous election, [than] before we actually have another election?”