Saturday, March 14, 2020
Durham to Finish REVIEW of Obama SPYING 'This Summer'
The inquiry by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins the Obama administration's counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign will be completed as early as June, according to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
The Washington Examiner reported Jordan made the comments Tuesday during a meeting of the House Rules Committee.
"His investigation is due to be completed sometime this summer," said Jordan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan was responding to Republican Texas Rep. Michael Burgess asking if "anybody is going to be accountable now."
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in his review of FISA court abuse that the Justice Department and FBI made 17 "significant errors or omissions" in its use of an anti-Trump "dossier" of Russian propaganda funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
The FISA court has determined that at least two of the four warrants were invalid.
Jordan, replying to Burgess, said Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham to the task precisely because he wanted accountability.
The congressman noted that a former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, is under criminal investigation by Durham after Horowitz found he altered a key document in filings for the FISA warrants.
"I gotta believe that individual at some point is going to be held accountable," Jordan said.
Investigative reporter John Solomon reported Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller knew as early as January 2017 that the dossier was bogus but kept investigating the collusion claims for another two years.
President Trump has described the entire episode as a "witch hunt."
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., recently said Durham won't release a report on his investigation but instead will go directly to court with criminal cases.
"When he's ready to charge people, he'll charge people," Collins said.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported Steele has refused to cooperate with Durham's investigation.
Mueller found no evidence to support Steele's key allegation that the Trump campaign took part in a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.
Both Mueller and Horowitz debunked Steele's claim that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin insiders.
Horowitz found the FBI failed to disclose to the FISA court the fact that Steele's primary source of information disputed much of the dossier's contents.
The Washington Examiner reported Durham is reviewing allegations that former CIA Director John Brennan pushed for a biased result in the January 2017 intelligence assessment that concluded Russia was interfering in the 2016 election.