The House Judiciary Committee will hear public testimony from former special counsel John Durham about his probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe on June 21, two sources familiar with the committee’s plans told NBC News.
Durham has been accused by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr of leading an investigation into the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election – an investigation Barr said. had been very critical.
Durham completed its four-year investigation and filed a lengthy final report earlier this month concluding that the FBI had improperly launched a full investigation into the allegations, but had refrained from providing new evidence that anyone at the within the government had broken the law.
“THE [Justice] The department and the FBI have failed to fulfill their important mission of strict loyalty to the law,” Durham’s report states. “Senior FBI officials demonstrated a serious lack of analytical rigor with respect to information they received, particularly information received from politically affiliated individuals or entities.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general found in 2019, however, that despite a series of errors by the FBI, the decision to open the investigation was justified and not tainted by political bias or improper motivation.
In response to Durham’s report, the FBI said it had already corrected the missteps it identified.
“The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham reviewed is why current FBI leadership has already implemented dozens of corrective measures, which have now been in place for some time,” he said. he said in a statement.
During his investigation, Durham secured a guilty plea which led to a probation charge, but also failed to convict the defendants in two trials.
Republicans, including Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, used Durham’s report to argue that the Russia probe and its ties to then-candidate Donald Trump were politically motivated and based on a faulty premise.
Fox News reported last week that Jordan planned to call Durham to testify before the committee.
House Democrats accused the Durham report itself of being politically motivated. Durham “is the number one example of the militarization of the federal government,” said Rep. Dan Goldman, DN.Y., told MSNBC last week.
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