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John Durham to Remain as Special Counsel Despite Resigning as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut

John Durham to Remain as Special Counsel Despite Resigning as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut

At his AG confirmation hearing, Merrick Garland said he doesn’t “have any reason to think that” Durham should not be able to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

President Joe Biden did what most incoming presidents do. They ask the U.S. attorneys to resign and instill their people.

This includes John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, who is also investigating the Russia-Trump investigation’s origins.

Durham worked as a federal prosecutor in Connecticut for 38 years.

Durham became the interim U.S. Attorney in 2017. President Donald Trump promoted him to it full-time in 2018:

“My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975,” said U.S. Attorney Durham. “Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies. My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as U.S. Attorney, and as a career prosecutor before that, and I will sorely miss it.”

Prior to his appointment as an interim U.S. Attorney in November 2017 and subsequently as the presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney in February 2018, Mr. Durham served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in various positions in the District of Connecticut for 35 years, prosecuting complex organized crime, violent crime, public corruption and financial fraud matters. From 1978 to 1982, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, and from 1977 to 1978, he served as a Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Discussions of Durham’s job rumbled throughout 2020 because of his investigation. Then-Attorney General Bill Barr appointed Durham as special counsel in October to give him independence in case Biden won the November 2020 election:

In October, Mr. Barr secretly appointed Mr. Durham to serve as special counsel to continue his work. The move gave Mr. Durham independence from a possible Biden administration and made it very difficult for a new attorney general to end his investigation, all but ensuring the Durham inquiry would live on after Mr. Trump left office.

“In advance of the presidential election, I decided to appoint Mr. Durham as a special counsel to provide him and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the election,” Mr. Barr wrote in a letter that he submitted to Congress in December.

The New York Times reported on February 9th that Biden’s Justice Department would keep Durham on as special counsel. The DOJ will also keep the special counsel investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes.

Merrick Garland, Biden’s attorney general nominee, told Congress he did not have information on Durham’s probe.

Garland told Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) he had not had an “opportunity” to speak with Durham. He insisted he could not decide before he meets with Durham and learns about the case.

Garland added, “I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place.”


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Merrick Garland…what a useless little hack. There’s nothing he could do, but he takes a moment to pretend like he’s bipartisan or something like he tried to do to get the Obama SC nomination.

    If you think Merrick Garland will run ANYTHING as AG, I have a Joe ‘Dementia’ Biden and Kamala ‘The Giggling ‘Ho’ Harris I want to sell you.

    The people running our government (like Susan Rice) are in the shadows. We can try and pull them out, but we never will. it’s too far gone.

    We need to seriously discuss secession. Like amputation of a gangreneous limb.

That kept wilfully others were canned shows his loyalty

“I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place.”

That could just as well be a quote from Comey, McCabe, Brennan, or Clapper.

    Ben Kent in reply to Rabel. | February 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Interesting: conditional double negative.

    I would be skeptical, even if I had not witnessed the sematic games and wordsmithing that liberals are famous for.

    Not that a Special Counsel” matters. Biden will pardon HUNTER and his uncle JAMES before any investigations gets close enough to implicate Biden or other family members. Remember, pardon power is plenary. He can pardon anyone for anything – crime committed or not (example: Ford pardoned Nixon although Nixon was not charged in any court). And the pardon will be justified under the pretext of “Unity”. They will say, ‘oh, poor Hunter was a victim of a Trump MAGA witch hunt”. Once he does the pardon – all investigation becomes moot and will therefore be dropped by DOJ.

    It will be the most corrupt pardon in history. One that pardons a man in an investigation that may actually implicate “the big man” (aka Mr. President). It is equivalent to Joe Biden pardoning himself.

    Funny, the media speculated endlessly about Trump abusing his pardon power – thinking he might pardon himself (for no crime in particular – they just assume he must be guilty of something, maybe guilty of having opposed Dems?)

    Anyway, I have never once seen any media speculate about Biden pardoning his son. In fact this is worth of more than just speculation. What father, given the unlimited power to pardon – would not pardon his kid, regardless of the kid’s guilt? The conflict of interest is gigantic.

    So, Biden does not have to fire the “special Counsel” – a red line / trip wire that everyone is super sensitive to as an “abuse of power”. He just has to use his pardon power to accomplish the same thing and the media will defend it. They will say its not an abuse of power because he has the plenary power to do it – and its Trump’s fault for going after poor little Hunter for his little job in Ukraine.

      Biden doesn’t have to fire a special counsel in order to nullify anything that comes out of the Durham investigation. All he has to do is turn the investigation over to his pet AG, where it will be ‘investigated’ for as many years as he is in office, and thus while being investigated, none of the uncovered facts will be permitted to leak out. This gives the advantage of being able to fire anybody around the investigation who does not ‘clap the longest’ by simply leaking something trivial, then firing them for the leak.

      “We don’t comment on pending investigations” will be all we hear for the next however many years.

        Ben Kent in reply to georgfelis. | February 27, 2021 at 10:47 pm

        Trying to bury it in the AG’s office will not work. Think about it. If you’re Hunter, you don’t want to be left hanging without a Pardon – because the risk is that your Daddy may die or be impeached or get stroke and have 25th Amendment used against him. Then you may someday find yourself rotting in a jail cell.

        Hunter and Peter need Joe to do it soon. Everyday longer is a day closer to the day Biden loses Pardon power.

Connivin Caniff | February 26, 2021 at 8:47 pm

A tempest in a piss pot. A pox on both their houses.

investigating the Russia-Trump investigation’s origins

That isn’t what he’s doing. What he’s doing is running interference for the DoJ and FBI, and gathering any evidence he can’t destroy to keep it from prying eyes.

    How easy it seems to be to corupt these people.

    You’d think someone in this guy’s generation would have some semblance of older fashion values, like intergrity, honesty, country.

    Apparently the rot has reached him.

I said it over a year ago.

Just like Barr, Durham was a Deep State RINO piece of shit that was just spinning his wheels doing absolutely nothing, while ensuring that nobody effective could actually occupy the position.

And a whole bunch of jackasses told us TRUST BARR AND DURHAM THEY ARE ON THE CASE.

We’re what. FOUR months past the election that they allegedly didn’t want to affect, and still no fucking report?

    sestamibi in reply to Olinser. | February 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    I concur on all points. Durham is a useless POS and as much as I loathe Xiden, he would be completely justified in firing Durham from his special prosecutor assignment as well.

Durham ain’t gonna do shit but collect a paycheck and laugh his ass off at the people who *still* think we are a nation of laws.

the clock is ticking down to the start of the hot civil war… it’s coming.

and the instigators on the Left show no sign of letting off the accelerator.

Does Durham have the courage, will, fortitude, and integrity to stand up, alone, to the Leftwing hurricane of lies, disinformation, misinformation, character assassination, and threats that will come his way if he dares to tell the truth and indict the people who illegally spied on a candidate for President and his campaign?

Based on recent history, and all who have turned on and betrayed Trump during his term, I have my doubts. I wouldn’t bet on it. Who would?

So far the Durham investigation seems to have netted $100 in fines paid by somebody who forged a FISA warrant document. Pretty sure the Biden administration either looked at what he had left to investigate and decided it was trivia, or are just taking it on faith that the rest of his investigation will produce little more than it has already.

He’s staying on so Garland can assign him the additional duty of investigating whether Trump colluded with the Russians to incriminate Hillary with fake e-mails.

What part of “I quit.” do they not understand?

The provisional ruling junta establishes the facade and veneer.