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democrats who once pushed for the defense of then-Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to ensure that his Russian investigation continued without interference, singing a completely different tune when the Trump administration appointed John Durham as a special lawyer to continue the investigation into the origins of the same investigation in Russia.
Dare has already charged three individuals in his investigation: Igor Danchenko on November 4, 2021, Kevin Kleinsmith in August 2020 and Michael Zusman in September 2021. Durham’s latest court statement on Friday claimed that lawyers from Hillary ClintonThe 2016 presidential campaign, including Zusman’s, paid for access to servers owned by Trump Tower and then the White House to create a “conclusion” and a “narrative” to convey to federal government communications then-President Trump office Russia.
Durham was appointed the special lawyer of the then Attorney General William Barr on October 19, 2020, which gives Durham additional independence, as he can only be fired by the Attorney General or someone acting in that capacity. Bar announced the appointment on December 1, 2020, about a month after the presidential election.
Democrats like rap. Adam Schiff from California and Jerry Nadler from New York criticized Bar’s appointment at the time, despite previously called security to the special prosecutor’s office as Mueller conducted his earlier investigation, which ended without finding any evidence to support allegations of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“Bar is using the Special Advocates Act for a purpose it was not intended to do: to continue a politically motivated investigation long after Bar leaves office,” said Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives’ intelligence committee in December 2020.
But during Mueller’s preliminary investigation, Schiff sought to protect the office of the special prosecutor’s office to ensure that Mueller could continue the investigation in Russia without interference. In 2018, he told MSNBCRachel Maddow said that Congress should have “passed a bill to protect Mueller so that we do not cause a crisis.”
Nadler, also chairman of the House Judicial Committee knocked down Durham’s appointment while “another desperate attempt to fuel President Trump’s fixation on events that have been investigated over and over again.”
That statement came almost a year after Nadler introduced legislation to protect Mueller’s previous investigation from “wrong interference”.
Schiff and Nadler, along with House Speaker Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., and House Speaker Zoe Lofgren, Calif., Also sent a letter in September 2020 asking the Chief Justice Department to conduct an “emergency” review. in Bar’s treatment of the Durham probe.
Fox News was the first to report Saturday’s Durham document, Feb. 11, says Clinton’s lawyers worked with the technology company and “collected and passed on” allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia to represent the FBI and another federal government agency.
The Feb. 11 petition focused on potential conflicts of interest related to the submission of former Clinton attorney Michael Zusman, who was accused of making false statements to a federal agent. Zusman pleaded not guilty.
Schiff and Nadler’s offices did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.
Ron Blitzer and Brox Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.