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.
DOJ spox confirms what we already knew: Durham is still special counsel https://t.co/D9wvpHS1Ze
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 26, 2021
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.”DONATE
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