AG Barr has appointed John Durham special counsel to probe origins of Russia collusion investigation

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Attorney General William Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel to continue investigating the origins of the Russia collusion probe.

Two weeks prior to election day, on October 19, 2020, AG Barr appointed Durham as special counsel but he did not notify Congress until Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

AG Barr sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees saying that in May 2019 he directed Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate “intelligence and law-enforcement activities related to the 2016 presidential election.”

It was hoped that Durham would have completed his investigation by the summer of 2020. However, due to the pandemic and additional important information that Durham uncovered, he was prevented from concluding the investigation by then.

Attorney General Barr, in the letter, said that he decided to appoint Durham as a special counsel prior to the presidential election “to provide him and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the election.”

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DOJ Letter Appointing U.S. Attorney John Durham Special Council to investigate sensitive issues related to investigations of the president and the Trump campaign.


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