Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed on Tuesday during Senate committee testimony that John Durham’s special counsel investigation into potential misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe is expected to be completed relatively soon.
This rare update was prompted by a question from Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) regarding former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who had been granted a badge to access the FBI headquarters leading up to the 2016 election, yet was found not guilty of lying to the FBI.
In his response, Garland suggested that the answer would be revealed in Durham’s report and offered to have his team look into how lawyers are granted access badges.
Garland also stated his intent not to interfere with Durham’s inquiry, while also expressing hope that as much information as possible will be made public despite concerns over privacy and classification.
Durham, who served as U.S. Attorney under the Trump administration until Joe Biden took office and has been actively researching for nearly four years now, has so far secured only one guilty plea: that of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for falsifying a document involved in the FISA warrant renewal process for Carter Page.
However, he has experienced several setbacks along the way such as when prosecutions against Sussmann and Igor Danchenko were acquitted in Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia respectively.
President Trump and his allies have praised Durham’s investigation while Democrats have criticized it as politically charged with an end goal of undermining Robert Mueller’s special counsel inquiry and discrediting FBI officials.
The most recent update on Durham’s probe came in December in the form of a financial disclosure prior to Christmas day, leading some Democrats to call for further investigations into Durham’s endeavor.
I think that depending on what the Durham report reveals, Merrick Garland could either ignore the report, or do something about acknowledging it. It really is going to be a matter of bias.