Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday, Sept. 9, hinted at more potential charges stemming from the investigation led by the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham.
Barr tapped Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe in 2018. During an interview with NBC News, Barr said he’s “not gonna characterize exactly where” Durham is in his investigation, according to a transcript cited by CBS News senior investigative reporter Catherine Herridge.
When pressed on whether there will be further criminal charges, Barr responded, “I wouldn’t say that at all, no,” adding, “there could be.”
Is John Durham nearing the end of his investigation? WILLIAM BARR:I– I’m not gonna characterize exactly where he is. I’ll just leave it at that–WILLIAMS: Okay, would you say– it’s unlikely that there’ll be further criminal charges? BARR: No, I wouldn’t say that at all, no.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 10, 2020
Barr said in June that Durham’s investigation has slowed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. During Wednesday’s interview, he declined to say whether the public will hear anything about a report from Durham prior to the November election.
So far, only one person, the former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, has been indicted in Durham’s probe. Last month, Clinesmith pleaded guilty to altering a June 2017 CIA email to state that former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was “not a source” for the agency while Page was an operational contact for the CIA from 2008 through 2013.
John Brennan, who led the CIA under the Obama administration as it and other intelligence agencies arrived at the conclusion that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump, was interview by Durham last month. A Brennan spokesman said the former CIA director was assured he’s not a target in the investigation.
Former FBI Director James Comey said last month he has not been approached by Durham’s investigations and he’s “not worried at all” about that.
Fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok also said he hasn’t been interviewed by federal investigators.
“I’ve certainly done nothing wrong, so I’m not worried about whatever he may find. If he finds the truth, I’m not worried,” Strzok said during a Tuesday interview on CBS’s “This Morning.”
However, Strzok admitted this week that his book, “Compromised” contains a major falsehood about Russia collusion, according to Washington Examiner.
Last week, Barr denied that he is being pressured by President Trump in his handling of Durham’s probe and said that the investigation won’t affect the November election. Barr also noted that neither former President Barack Obama nor former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, are likely under criminal investigation.