Merrick Garland Offers Update on Durham Report

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( – According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, John Durham is likely to finish up his report on the investigation into the Trump-Russia probe “relatively soon.”

On March 28, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Justice Department’s 2024 budget. While at the hearing, Garland was asked about the progress that had been made in Durham’s investigation.

Specifically, he was asked about previous Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann. Sussmann been convicted after Durham brought charges against him for making false statements. In regards to these questions, Garland stated that there would be answers to these questions soon. He added that for answers though they would need to wait for Durham to finish his report following the lengthy probe.

Durham has been leading the probe into the initial Trump-Russia investigation that the FBI conducted, which is referred to as “Crossfire Hurricane.” His investigation first started in 2019.

Durham was appointed to the case by Barr. He had previously been working as Connecticut’s US attorney after Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not yield any evidence about a potential conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia prior to the election in 2016.

Barr, when appointing Durham, had claimed that no matter what the results of the 2020 presidential election were, Durham would be allowed to continue investigating the case. So far in his investigation, he has had three individuals charged. These include former Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann, Igor Danchenko, and Kevin Clinesmith. All of them were indicted back in 2020 and 2021.

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