Ex-AG Barr Slams NY Times Reporting on Durham Probe

An ex-Attorney General William Barr The was chastised New York Times Its critical reporting on special counsel John Durham‘s investigation into potential misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe.

Barr broke his silence Wednesday while speaking to a reporter after delivering a speech in Sacramento, California. He challenged aspects of an article published last week detailing alleged problems in Durham’s endeavor. “They ignored some fundamental facts as to why some of the information that Durham was seeking was very important information,” According to the, Barr was charged Los Angeles Times. He added that the article was not complete. “obvious reasons” for Durham’s investigation.

The New York Times “stands behind this story and the reporting it contains,” A spokesperson for the newspaper responded. Barr declined to comment on the article in the original report.

In May 2019, shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller released his report, Barr appointed then-U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Durham to investigate the origins and conduct of the FBI inquiry into alleged ties between former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Barr elevated Durham from special counsel status to Durham in the final months Trump’s presidency, giving him additional protections to carry out his work when President Joe Biden became president. Trump and his allies often champion Durham’s investigation as a means to unravel a suspected “Russiagate” The plot against the former president. Democrats and others criticize the inquiry as politically corrupted and meant to discredit Mueller, the FBI’s top officials, and other members of the public.

The New York Times report gave fuel to Durham’s detractors in Congress. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee Threatened an investigation The House Democrats and Justice Department Inspector General were pressed to comply. Review your options To determine if Barr or Durham is the best choice “violated any laws, DOJ rules or practices, or canons of legal ethics.”

The New York Times published the article on January 26. It included a lengthy review of the New York Times. “found that the main thrust of the Durham inquiry was marked by some of the very same flaws — including a strained justification for opening it and its role in fueling partisan conspiracy theories that would never be charged in court.” The article also outlined how Durham’s investigation “became roiled by internal dissent and ethical disputes,” leading to resignations by some dissatisfied prosecutors on the team, including Durham’s No. 2 Nora Dannehy, who allegedly disliked how Barr spoke ominously about the probe’s findings in public.

Barr, who was present at the California News Publishers Association meetingThe notion that Durham was a problematic choice for the job was rejected by the president.

“The idea that there was a thin basis for doing it doesn’t hold water,” Barr stated. “Because it wasn’t started as a criminal investigation. One of the duties of the attorney general is to protect against the abuse of criminal and intelligence powers, that they’re not abused to impinge on political activity, so I felt it was my duty to find out what happened there.”

In addition, Barr defended himself in response to one of the most explosive claims in the article — that Durham expanded his inquiry in the fall of 2019 to include a criminal investigation into “suspicious financial dealings” Trump was linked to the tip of Italian officials. The report stated that the details were not clear and did not recommend Durham being charged.

Barr insisted on the tip “was not directly about Trump” and argued it was appropriate to rope it into Durham’s investigation because “it did have a relationship to the Russiagate stuff. It was not completely separate from it. And it turned out to be a complete non-issue.”

Durham has so far secured one guilty plea. That of Kevin Clinesmith, an ex-FBI lawyer, who was accused falsifying a document to renew FISA surveillance powers on Carter Page, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser. Clinesmith was released from prison and could face a one-year bar suspension. Last year, Durham endured setbacks when prosecutions against former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann and Igor Danchenko, a key source for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier, ended in acquittal in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, respectively.

Whenever Durham’s report is complete, Attorney General Merrick Grland stated He would “like as much as possible to be made public,” However, he stressed that Privacy Act concerns will need to be addressed and that classification is something to consider.

“I think [Durham]’s going to explain, to the extent he’s allowed to put it out, the whole genesis of [the Russia interference claims] and how it all occurred,” Barr stated, According to the Los Angeles Times. “So what’s wrong with that? You review something, you get the facts. Yes, we wanted to hold people accountable if something came up that indicated criminality, or you could prove criminality. But it wasn’t a criminal investigation, it was a review to get the story. And he got the story.”

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