Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly

Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE on Wednesday vented frustration with special counsel John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney 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 ComeyThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report 'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air 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.”


Attorney General William BarrBill BarrLawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report 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 BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart 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."