Former Attorney General Bill Barr said special counsel John Durham will “get to the bottom” of how the Trump–Russia investigation unfolded.
“I think whether or not there are more indictments, I think Durham is going to get to the bottom of it as well as anyone can,” Barr told Fox News as he promoted his book, claiming Durham will release a lengthy “report that lays out the facts.”
Durham, a former U.S. attorney in Connecticut, was tapped by Barr to head the investigation into the FBI’s original investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, which led to Robert Mueller being appointed as special counsel.
Mueller’s investigation revealed no evidence of conspiracy or collusion on behalf of Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. However, some Democrat elected officials and some corporate news outlets have continued to claim that Russia interfered to help Trump win the presidency in 2016.
“I do think that there will be, as far as humanly possible using the justice system, there is going to be a disclosure of the relevant facts,” he continued in his interview with the network, which aired on Friday. “Whether that supports more criminal indictments, I have no idea.”
Barr said that he hopes that certain individuals, “if they did commit crimes, and we can prove it, that they’re going to be held accountable.”
“I’ve never seen an adequate basis for launching a counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign,” Barr added to Fox.
The FBI, Barr continued to say, “used FISA surveillance, which is spying” and employed “agents and informants and confidential sources to meet and surreptitiously tape conversations they were having with people involved in the campaign.”
On March 4, Durham submitted a filing to a federal court not to dismiss a charge against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer who had worked on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Durham’s team alleged that Sussmann in 2016 passed along information to the FBI’s former general counsel, James Baker, with documents that purportedly claimed there was a link between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization.
Sussmann, who previously worked for the Democratic Party-aligned Perkins Coie, was charged with making false statements to the FBI because when he spoke with Baker, he allegedly did not say he was representing the Clinton campaign, according to federal prosecutors.
Weeks before that, Durham wrote in a filing that a technology executive who was allegedly aligned with the Democrat Party and the Clinton campaign surveilled Trump’s residences and the White House after he became president. Trump and Republicans seized on the claim, which was filed in connection to Sussmann’s case, saying it is evidence that his campaign and presidency were unfairly targeted.
“It shows how totally corrupt and shameless the media is,” Trump said at the time. “Can you imagine if the roles were reversed and the Republicans, in particular President Donald Trump, got caught illegally spying into the Office of the President?”
On Twitter, Clinton has denied the latest charge from Trump, saying the former president and Fox News “are desperately spinning up a fake scandal to distract from his real ones.”