John Durham was chosen by Attorney General William Barr to lead a review into the Russia investigation
The U.S. Attorney who is heading a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation is to release his findings by the end of the summer.
The review which became a criminal investigation last fall has been derided by Democrats as simply a scheme to damage President Trump‘s Democrat rivals before November’s election.
But Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, said that the report was not the ‘goal’ of the criminal investigation but that it will be ‘pivotal to the restoration of that one tiered system of justice.’
‘There is a story to be told there. The American people deserve resolution, and frankly, justice deserves resolution,’ Kupec stated on behalf of Durham.
Attorney General William Barr said last month that he believed there would be developments in Durham’s investigation ‘before the end of the summer.’
KerriKupec said she was hopeful that a report would emerge before the end of summer
‘There are no guarantees in life, but we certainly hope to see one by the end of the summer. I think it’s important,’ Kupec said.
Kupec stressed that she was ‘hopeful’ a report would emerge sooner rather than later in an effort to prevent the Durham’s work from being potentially buried by a Democrat win, should Trump lose in November.
Last month, Attorney General William Barr said Durham is ‘pressing ahead as hard as he can’ with the investigation.
‘I expect that, you know, we will have some developments hopefully before the end of the summer,’ he added.
After Mueller’s investigation, AG Barr, pictured, appointed Durham to investigate origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, which began in July 2016
Barr said that the coronavirus pandemic delayed the probe, but that progress has been made.
Even after the election, the investigation is likely to continue ‘what happens after the election may depend on who wins,’ Barr said to Fox News.
Durham’s investigation comes after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in the FBI’s application to a court to obtain permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Horowitz report found that the decision the FBI made to investigate the campaign had not motivated by political bias.
Durham, meanwhile, is completing a separate report into how the FBI’s Russia investigation developed at the direction of Barr.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.
Following Mueller’s investigation, Barr appointed Durham to then investigate the origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, which began in July 2016, through the appointment of Mueller in May 2017.