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Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly

Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE on Wednesday vented frustration with special counsel John DurhamJohn DurhamTrump says he is declassifying more documents in Russia probe Kevin Clinesmith did wrong, but why is he the FBI's fall guy? Not the FBI I remember: William Barnett's troubling interview MORE for not completing an investigation into the FBI’s Russia probe before the election.

In a 45-minute long pre-recorded video posted on Facebook, in which he ranted about the election being “rigged” against him, Trump veered off to fume at former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHawaii GOP official resigns over now-deleted tweet defending QAnon supporters Biden to keep Wray as FBI director Comey: 'Republican Party has to be burned to the ground' MORE and others he said had illegally spied on his campaign as part of an investigation into Russian election interference.

“We caught them all,” Trump said. “We’re still waiting for a report from a man named Durham who I’ve never spoken to and never met. They can go after me before the election as much as they want, but unfortunately Mr. Durham didn’t want to go after these people…before the election, so who knows if he’ll ever even do a report.”

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Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPoll finds 1 in 3 believe false claims voter fraud led to Biden win Trump pressed DOJ to go to Supreme Court in bid to overturn election: report Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE appointed Durham, a prosecutor investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia probe, as special counsel to ensure his investigation continues even after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE takes office.

Durham was appointed under the same statute that governed Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE when he was made special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russia. 

Barr told Congress that he expects the Durham probe to be finished by the summer, saying it had been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic and “additional information he uncovered.”

Durham is investigating potential criminal conduct in the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, including some officials who were involved in Mueller’s special counsel appointment.

“If you look at the lies and leaks and illegal acts done by so many people…something should happen,” Trump said. “The hardest thing I have to do is explain why nothing is happening to all of these people who got caught spying on my campaign."