Former President Donald Trump has heard that “there’s a lot coming” from the wide-ranging investigation led by Special Counsel John Durham, who is probing the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“We’re gonna see what happens. But what he’s doing is one of the most important jobs being done right now in America.”
Attorney General William Barr assigned Durham on May 13, 2019, to investigate the origins of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane. In October 2020, with the presidential election approaching, Barr designated Durham as a special counsel to protect the criminal investigation in case of a change of guard at the White House in 2021.
Durham secured the first guilty plea in August 2020, prior to his appointment as a special counsel. Former FBI assistant general counsel Kevin Clinesmith admitted to forging an email used to prepare an application to surveil former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. Clinesmith was sentenced to probation for a single charge of making false statements related to the forgery.
In September and November last year, Durham brought indictments against Russian national Igor Danchenko, the primary source of the infamous Steele dossier, and against Michael Sussman, the attorney for the Clinton campaign in 2016.
Trump has previously expressed frustration with the pace of Durham’s investigation. In March last year, he issued a statement saying, “Where’s Durham? Is he a living, breathing human being? Will there ever be a Durham report?”
The former president told Epoch TV he still wishes the investigation would move faster.
“I wish it were faster,” Trump said. “It is really the crime of the century and changed everything, including the election.”
Some of the earliest evidence of misconduct in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation emerged in a report prepared by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee in early 2018.