In a 45-minute pre-recorded video posted on Facebook, President Trump on Wednesday vented frustration with special counsel John Durham for not completing an investigation into the FBI’s Russia probe before the election. Trump ranted about the election being “rigged” against him and then veered off to address former FBI Director James Comey and others he said had illegally spied on his campaign as part of an investigation into Russian election interference.
“We caught them all,” Trump said. “We’re still waiting for a report from a man named Durham who I’ve never spoken to and never met. They can go after me before the election as much as they want, but unfortunately Mr. Durham didn’t want to go after these people, before the election, so who knows if he’ll ever even do a report.”
Durham, a prosecutor investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia probe, was appointed by Attorney General William Barr as special counsel, to ensure his investigation continues even after President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Durham was appointed under the same statute that governed Robert Mueller when he was made special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russia.
Durham is investigating potential criminal conduct in the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, including some officials who were involved in Mueller’s special counsel appointment.
Barr told Congress that he expects the Durham probe to be finished by the summer, saying it had been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic and “additional information he uncovered.”
“If you look at the lies and leaks and illegal acts done by so many people, something should happen,” Trump said. “The hardest thing I have to do is explain why nothing is happening to all of these people who got caught spying on my campaign.”
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