Reports suggesting that John Durham’s special counsel investigation is dead in the water are hyperbolic and inaccurate according to Devin Nunes. Nunes, for his part, believes that a successful midterm election for Republicans could provide the life raft necessary to deliver results for Durham’s investigation.
The endeavor which was focused on uncovering corruption and misconduct in regard to the FBI’s Russia inquiry has offered very few results so far, and the general perception of the investigation is that its failures had rendered it a flop and that it was grinding to a halt. These views are supported mainly from a recent New York Times article claiming that Durham was preparing to release his report later this year, and, more convincingly, the current federal statute of limitations. The current federal statute of limitations for computer crimes is five years, so if anything illegal had transpired in 2016, the window of prosecution has closed, or at least has been greatly narrowed.
Durham was appointed to the case by then-Attorney General William Barr in 2019. The case was dealt yet another heavy blow after a Virginia jury acquitted Igor Danchenko, a Russian citizen charged with lying to the FBI and contributing to the debunked Steele Dossier, of the four felony false-statement charges levied by the Durham investigation. However, the trial did serve to expose the FBI’s flaws, and Barr hopes that the prosecutor’s report will “leave a very good foundation for pursuing it further on the Hill.”
Still, Nunes, one of Durham’s staunchest supporters, remains even more optimistic.
“If Republicans have a good day in two weeks, I think that will at least give Durham more of a lifeline to continue,” Nunes said appearing on Danesh D’Souza’s podcast earlier this week. “And I would say that I think it’s really important for the future of this country for Durham to continue this investigation.”
Nunes is a former U.S. Representative of California, and left office in 2022 after occupying the seat for nearly two decades. While in Congress, Nunes served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Before leaving office, Nunes spearheaded a congressional investigation of the Russia collusion matter that arose amid the 2016 election, colloquially known as ‘Russiagate’. Now, he is currently CEO of former president Donald Trump’s media venture Trump Media and Technology Group.
Despite no longer being in office, Nunes remains active in the Russiagate controversy and a stalwart figure committed to seeking a resolution to the matter that would see justice being done. If Republicans do gain control of Washington — of Congress — they’re going to have to put in a 9/11-style commission or a Church commission that was created back in the 1970s to fix this whole problem with the DOJ and the FBI,” he told D’Souza.
Nunes retains his hopes that his former Congressional Republicans and a potential slate of newcomers could provide the support Durham needs to deliver the results desired.
“The rumor is, but it’s only rumor. He’s supposed to be writing a report. Everybody in the fake news are speculating, ‘Well Durham’s done. He’s just writing a report.’ We don’t know that right now,” Nunes said. “And I think Durham’s just going to continue to investigate. Obviously, if Republicans do well, I think that gives them a little bit of a life line because it’s not — they can’t just get rid of him.”
Nunes won’t be the only one watching the midterm elections closely as Democrats will be hoping they can secure the House, and secure the special counsel’s investigative swan song. House Republicans will have to be ready to impede any efforts Democrats or the Biden administration take to hinder Durham’s progress if they are to have any hopes of his success.
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