Representative Adam Schiff (California) once called for legislation to protect Robert Mueller, then special adviser, to ensure that his investigation in Russia continues unhindered, but now advocates that Attorney General William Barr appoint a special adviser to continue the investigation. the actions of the FBI in the early stages of the same Russia test.
Barr recently announced that before the November election, he had named John Durham, a U.S. lawyer in Connecticut, as a special adviser in the investigation into the Russia investigation that Durham was already leading. As a U.S. attorney, Durham could be relieved of his post when elected president, Joe Biden, takes office. Your scan can also be stopped by the next administration.
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However, as Special Adviser, Durham would enjoy a degree of autonomy as he could only be dismissed by the Attorney General or a person acting in that capacity.
“Barr is using the special law on lawyers for what they were not intended to do: to continue the politically motivated investigation long after Barr left office,” Schiff said in a statement Tuesday.
However, in Mueller’s investigation, Schiff was happy to defend his special adviser’s office at all costs so that Mueller could pursue the Russia affair without interruption.
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In 2018, Schiff told MSNBC Rachel Maddow that Congress “had to pass a bill to protect Mueller so we wouldn’t call a crisis.”
Finally, Mueller was able to close the years-long investigation. He brought convictions unrelated to allegations of illegal cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia, and failed to provide evidence to substantiate all allegations that the campaign cooperated with a foreign government.
Even then, Schiff was not convinced that the investigation was over.
“There is undoubtedly collusion,” Schiff told the Washington Post after Barr published a summary of the Mueller report.
Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, continued to hold President Trump accountable for allegations that he tried to withhold funds under pressure from Ukraine in Biden’s investigation.
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Durham’s investigation has already brought criminal charges against Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI attorney accused of remedying an email used to secure an order to oversee Carter Page’s former Trump campaign adviser.
Schiff and others also questioned whether Durham could be legally allowed to be appointed special counsel. A special adviser is said to be a person from outside the Department of Justice, and Durham was already part of the DOJ.