U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday that special prosecutor John Durham is chugging along in his investigation into the beginning of the Trump-Russia probe.
Barr revealed last week that Durham’s probe had shifted from an administrative review into a criminal investigation. Durham now has the ability to impanel a grand jury and subpoena witnesses. Watch the interview below.
“We’ll let the chips fall where they may,” Barr said praising Durham’s 35-year record of being bipartisan. In the rare public interview, the Barr backed up John Durham saying that the prosecutor from Connecticut is “a by-the-book kind of guy. He’s thorough and fair. And I’m confident he’s going to get to the bottom of things. I understand he’s making great progress.”
“I do want to say that one of the reasons Mr. Durham is able to make the kind of progress he’s making is because Director Wray and his team at the FBI have just been outstanding in support and responsiveness given to Mr. Durham,” Barr said. “As you know, I’ve said previously that I felt there was a failure of leadership at the bureau in 2016 and part of 2017, but since Director Wray and his team have taken over there’s been a world of change. I think that he is restoring the steady professionalism that’s been a hallmark of the FBI. I really appreciate his leadership there.”
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff told ABC News on Sunday night how he feels about the Barr and Durham criminal investigation.
“It means that Bill Barr, on the president’s behalf, is weaponizing the Justice Department to go after the president’s enemies,” Schiff.
Barr’s statements are the opposite of Schiff. “We’ll let the chips fall where they may,” he told Fox News. Responding to Schiff’s accusations, Barr retorted, “That’s completely wrong and there is no basis for it. I act on behalf of the United States.”
Inspector General Michael Horowitz may have produced reports negative of former FBI James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe after spending 19 months reviewing the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s operation “Crossfire Hurricane.”
The Horowitz report on the Trump-Russia investigation is not expected to be released until next month.
Durham and his team are looking into the decision by Obama-era law enforcement officials to secure FISA surveillance against a at-the-time Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page, in October 2016, sources close to the matter have told Sinclair.
Barr was likely referring to that surveillance when he testified b that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in April before Congress. He said that he intended to see if it was properly “predicated.”
A lawyer for one of the CIA analysts involved with the preparation has retained outside counsel to handle Durham’s investigation into them.
“Durham is looking at how that assessment came to be, who contributed to it, and whether there was any interference in it from up above,” the lawyer said.