According to a Friday, Sept. 18, letter to the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office, House Democrats are trying to prevent the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham of the role of the Obama’s intelligence agencies in the alleged Russian interference in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the letter was signed by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who head the House Judiciary, Intelligence, Administration and Oversight Committees, respectively.
“We write to ask that you open an emergency investigation into whether U.S. Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham, and other Department of Justice political appointees are following DOJ’s longstanding policy to avoid taking official actions or other steps that could improperly influence the upcoming presidential election,” the Democrats said in the letter.
The letter is the latest effort by the Democrats that questions the legitimacy of the Durham investigation. According to The Daily Caller, since Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 members of the Senate Democratic Judiciary Committee asked Inspector General Michael Horowitz to open a similar investigation against the Durham trial.
The investigation initiated by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not establish any conspiracy between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, while the report prepared by Horowitz concluded at the end of 2019 the existence of 17 “basic and fundamental” errors and omissions in the FBI’s investigation of Obama.
According to a recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court ruling, the Obama administration allegedly lied about the legal basis used to spy on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page.
The information produced by FBI officials about Page was obtained illegally, and the ruling found “violations of the government’s duty of candor in all four requests,” and further stated that it “must temporarily withhold, and potentially use and disclose, the information collected, largely in the context of ongoing or anticipated litigation.
In addition, according to records recently released by the Department of Justice, key members of the then-appointed Prosecutor Mueller’s investigative team allegedly “accidentally” deleted data from the phones used in the investigation against Trump.
As The Federalist notes, information from several mobile devices was erased or deactivated before Department of Justice authorities could examine it and evaluate the records contained in the phones.
Meanwhile, Democrats are now pushing for an investigation into Durham’s legal process, questioning its veracity as well as its ability to publish its report before the November election.
The Democrats’ letter questions Attorney General William Barr’s decisions on possible legal action by the Justice Department, as well as public disclosures of reports before the election.
“Such actions clearly appear intended to benefit President Trump politically,” the letter to the Justice Department’s Inspector General said.
For the Republican legislators on the House Judiciary Committee, the Democrats “are absolutely terrified” of the Durham investigation and the outcome of its possible findings, as expressed in a tweet from the committee.
House Democrats are absolutely terrified.
They know Barr and Durham are cleaning up the what the Obama/Biden DOJ left behind.
And the results won’t be pretty for them. https://t.co/8OxFZL23qN
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 18, 2020
“They know Barr and Durham are cleaning up the what the Obama/Biden DOJ left behind,” the Republicans wrote. “And the results won’t be pretty for them.”
While the Democrats have referred to the Durham investigation as a ‘witch-hunt’. As a result of the U.S. Attorney’s investigation, last month former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty in court to a charge of making a false statement about the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.