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Merrick Garland, the nominee for attorney general, stopped short during his Monday confirmation hearing of committing to allowing John Durham to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
Garland also dodged questions about the release of a report from Durham’s investigation, saying that he will “have to talk with Mr. Durham and understand that nature of what he’s been doing, the nature of the report.”
“I really do have to have an opportunity to talk with him. I have not had that opportunity,” Garland told Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Grassley said that Garland was “not quite as explicit” on the Durham question as he had hoped. The Republican noted that William Barr, the former attorney general, committed to leaving Robert Mueller’s investigation in place during his confirmation hearing.
Garland, a judge on the federal appeals court, did give some indication that he may leave Durham in the special counsel role.
“I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place,” said Garland, adding that he will have to speak to the prosecutor before making a final determination on his status.
On Oct. 19, 2020, Barr designated Durham a special counsel to continue his investigation into the U. S. government’s intelligence-gathering activities related to the Trump campaign.
Durham, the now-former U. S. attorney for Connecticut, was picked to lead the investigation in April 2019.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden requested that nearly all U. S. attorneys resign from their positions. Biden requested Durham’s resignation, but allowed him to remain as a special counsel.
In his special counsel order last year, Barr said Durham will have the authority to produce a report of his investigation that can be provided to the Justice Departme... (Read more)
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