In a new piece at the Washington Post, two reporters quote associate after associate of U.S. Attorney John Durham, currently the lead investigator on the criminal probe looking at the predicate for the Russia collusion investigation, and each in turn cites Durham’s consummate professionalism and dispassionate and non-partisan approach to his work.
That is apparently not enough for the intrepid WaPo reporters however, as the entire thrust of their piece is that despite all this good chatter, Durham might be compromised simply because he’s working on a case that has the probability of helping Donald Trump.
There’s really no other way to read it.
Despite all this — and there’s more in their report where that came from — they insinuate that Durham, particularly in issuing his statement disagreeing with IG Michael Horowitz’s light-handed assertions involving political bias at the FBI, that the man famous for his professionalism might be working as a stooge for Trump.
At issue, apparently is a rumor that a previous draft of the Horowitz report contained a footnote saying that Durham had confirmed he had no evidence to suggest that the investigation was a setup by Joseph Mifsud. That rumor says the footnote was eventually redacted for the Horowitz report.
It’s important to remember, however, that Horowitz never mentioned it in his hearing. This is coming from people “familiar” with earlier drafts.
The WaPo piece also cites what can only be termed a threat by former Attorney General Eric Holder warning Durham about the fragility of reputation.
Same old tricks from the same old crowd. Despite assertions in the WaPo piece that Durham was merely duplicating Horowitz’s work, it bears repeating that Durham can bring criminal charges based on the results of his investigation, something Horowitz could not do.
And, given the general tone of the WaPo op-ed, there’s a pretty good chance his investigation will lead to indictments.
In any event, at the end of the day, something tells me justice is more important to the attorney than reputation.