Evidence mounts: Durham’s collusion-origins probe expands its scope, adding agents and resources

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U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion delusion conspiracy theory just got very real.

Unnamed senior Trump administration officials confirmed to Fox News that Durham has formally expanded the “scope” of his investigation to include not just the events prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, as had been the original scope, but the president’s first few months in office as well.

“Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel,” Fox reported Tuesday evening.

Both Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham have – in recent weeks – reportedly also had conversations with officials in Italy, Australia, and the U.K. regarding the Russia probe.

All three nations are being factored into the investigation primarily because of the interactions in 2016 between then-GOP nominee Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and two dubious figures — an Australian official named Alexander Downer and a British professor named Joseph Mifsud.

During meetings first in Italy and then later in Moscow and London, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that the Russians had access to damaging information on then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Afterward, Papadopoulos relayed this information to Downer.

“Alexander Downer, who served as Australia’s top diplomat to the U.K., met Papadopoulos on May 10, 2016 in London,” the Daily Caller News Foundation notes. “Downer reportedly told others in the Australian government that Papadopoulos claimed that Russia had derogatory information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

“The information wound up in the hands of the U.S. embassy in London as well as the FBI. The bureau opened its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016 based on that information.”

As for former special counsel Robert Mueller’s assignment in the spring of 2017, questions have been raised about whether it was legitimate. Newly obtained Department of Justice emails sent by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein around the time of disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s termination and Mueller’s appointment raise concerns about a possible coup.

Obtained around the start of the month by Judicial Watch as per a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the DOJ last year, the emails show that Rosenstein wrote bizarre messages to several parties around the same time that these two noteworthy events occurred.

On May 12, a day after Comey’s termination and four days after Rosenstein wrote a memo to Trump calling for the then-director’s ouster, the then-deputy AG wrote a bizarre email to Mueller that reads, “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions.”

Discussions about what?

Four days later, on May 16 – a day before Rosenstein appointed Mueller to investigate the president – he wrote another bizarre email — this one to former Obama administration acting Attorney General Mark Flip, who served in office during the previous administration’s first month in office.

“I am with Mueller. He shares my views. Duty Calls. Sometimes the moment chooses us,” this email reads.

More troubling still is that these bizarre, cryptically-worded emails were sent around the same time that he plotted with then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to remove Trump from office.

Also troubling is the proven fact that Mueller is a liar, as confirmed by FNC chief White House correspondent John Roberts.

“FOX News has also learned that Mueller was not accurate when he told Congress on July 24th that he was not interviewing for the position of FBI director when he met President Trump in the Oval Office in May of 2017,” Roberts revealed Tuesday.

“My understanding was I was not applying for the job,” Mueller had said to Congress at the time. “I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job.”

But according to Roberts, multiple Trump administration officials have confirmed “that when Mueller met the president on May 16th, 2017, he was indeed pursuing the post left open by the firing of James Comey a week earlier. In fact, Mueller was looking at two possible jobs. FBI director and special counsel.”

Listen to Roberts’ report below:

(Source: Fox News)

Roberts also confirmed that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into whether the Obama administration abused the FISA system to “to begin [the] surveillance of Trump campaign officials that ultimately led to the Mueller investigation” is approaching an end. Horowitz’s report should be released sometime later this month, he added.


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