Durham is investigating the department’s counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign and associates, which was riddled with errors and malfeasance.
Durham “to the maximum extent possible and consistent with the law and policies and practices of the Department of Justice, shall submit to the Attorney General a final report, and such interim reports as he deems appropriate, in a form that will permit public dissemination,” Barr wrote in an October 2020 order.
In response, Joe Gaeta, deputy assistant attorney general, defended the hiring of Hennessey and said she’s not involved with the probe, given that Durham is utilizing his own staff.
Gaeta declined to comment on the investigation’s status but said the department does back the portion of Barr’s order regarding public dissemination of the final report and any interim reports.
“The Department agrees with this statement,” he wrote.
Gaeta’s letter was sent on July 13 and made public on July 23.
Durham, who was a U.S. attorney for many years, was replaced by President Joe Biden earlier this year, along with every other U.S. attorney, while remaining as special counsel. The only exception was U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is investigating Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.