Attorney General William Barr told Fox News in an interview on Oct. 28 that U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, who is in charge of the investigation into the Trump-Russia probe, has made “great progress.”
Recently the Justice Departments internal review of spying on the Trump campaign has evolved into a criminal investigation, according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Associated Press and The New York Times.
The designation as a formal criminal investigation gives Durhams team the ability to issue subpoenas, impanel a grand jury, compel witnesses to give testimony, and bring federal criminal charges.
It is not known what potential crimes are being investigated and when the inquiry turned into a criminal one.
After the news broke House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement on Twitter, “These reports, if true, raise profound new concerns that the Department of Justice under AG Barr has lost its independence and become a vehicle for President Trumps political revenge.”
Barr said in response to these accusations that they are false, and the investigation is conducted by Durham, not by him. “I act on behalf of the United States,” Barr said in the interview with Fox News.”
Barr also talked in this interview about his and Durhams recent visit to Italy. He said the tour had assisted Durham in establishing contacts and channels of communication with countries that, according to Durham, could provide some information related to Durhams investigation.
Durham, a 69-year old Republican was appointed by Barr on May 13 to review the origins of the Obama administrations counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Before, Durham served in various positions in Connecticut, prosecuting crimes, corruption, and financial fraud during his 35 years tenure with the Department.
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