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Trump Just Boosted Durham’s Special Counsel – He Gives The Team Authority To Use Classified Information Indefinitely
By Ben Dutka|December 23, 2020
Trump Just Boosted Durham’s Special Counsel – He Gives The Team Authority To Use Classified Information Indefinitely

For a long time now, Washington D.C. and the American public have eagerly awaited the results of one major probe: the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

It turned out to be one of the more slow-moving probes, however, as the investigation kept running into a variety of roadblocks.

But good news from on high — President Donald Trump has made a move that should speed up the investigation.

When outgoing Attorney General William Barr appointed Special Counsel John Durham back in October, he told Durham that he’d be allowed to finish the investigation.

He even said it would happen regardless of the election results (which Trump continues to contest).

However, Durham’s team can’t progress with speed unless they have access to all available information. This includes classified info.

So now, Trump has stepped in (via The Daily Wire):

President Donald Trump has further empowered Special Counsel John Durham’s criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, granting him the authority to use classified information indefinitely for the remainder of his investigation.

The Trump administration released a memo on Tuesday that confirmed the decision.

Durham will now have all the access he requires for an indefinite amount of time, and that will hopefully yield results sooner rather than later.

Here’s a snippet from the official memo, which Trump said he:

…authorized the Attorney General to declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to his review.

In addition, the Attorney General is authorized to use classified information as he deems necessary in connection with his review, including in a grand jury or other proceeding.

The memo went to a bunch of high-ranking D.C. individuals, including the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, and Secretary of Homeland Security.

The President has demanded answers concerning the FBI and their potential involvement in the Trump campaign back in 2016.

He has made several bold accusations over the years, and he’s obviously hoping that Durham will turn up the evidence he requires to verify those claims.

But even with access to the classified information, it remains in question as to whether or not the investigation will be completed before Inauguration Day on January 20.

Key Takeaways:

  • President Trump has granted John Durham’s investigation “indefinite” access to classified information.
  • This will hopefully speed up the probe, which has presented Durham’s team with multiple hurdles in recent months.
  • Trump and his allies are looking for evidence concerning the FBI’s role – if any – in Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Source: The Daily Wire

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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