U.S. Attorney John Durham, assigned by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Obama-era ‘Russian collusion’ counterintelligence operation into the 2016 Trump campaign, is reportedly “in negotiations” to secure “guilty pleas” from officials allegedly involved in criminal violations surrounding the probe.
In an interview with WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” on Monday, former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova was asked to comment on a statement Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec made to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Sunday, in which she suggested that Durham could produce a report detailing his investigation by the end of summer.
“There is a story to be told there. The American people deserve resolution, and frankly, justice deserves resolution,” Kupec said.
“There are no guarantees in life, but we certainly hope to see one by the end of the summer. I think it’s important,” she added, in reference to Barr’s statements in June that he anticipates “developments” in Durham’s case “hopefully before the end of summer.”
Pressed on those comments by Barr, Kupec said: “I will just tell you this. We are hopeful, and we expect to see a report by the end of the summer.”
Barr and Kupec both said that Durham’s primary objective is not to produce a report but rather to investigate the motivation behind the FBI’s “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign and produce indictments if they are warranted.
In that vein, diGenova said during his time as a federal prosecutor, he would make a decision about whether to file charges against suspects and then file a report describing elements of the case — suggesting that Durham is going to follow the same procedure.
“That was a very surprising bit of public information from Kerri Kupec,” diGenova said. Apparently, the plan is to issue a public report about the nature of the coup d’tat and what went into it before criminal charges are filed.
“That’s going to set up an interesting series of legal challenges to any charges that are brought later by suggesting that the report prejudiced potential jurors,” he continued.
“But I’m all for it. I hope they [Durham] issue the report as quickly as possible and that criminal charges follow thereafter,” he said. “I’m fascinated by the sequence but I’m delighted that it’s happening.”
DiGenova then acknowledged after host Vince Coglianese suggested it, that Durham’s report and indictments if there are any could come simultaneously.
“I have suspected all along that Durham was going to do his best to get something done by September — or, actually, I suspected it would be June, indeed I knew that that was the timetable but the COVID-19 virus put off some grand jury appearances.
“And I do know that they are in negotiations with some people for some guilty pleas, so it may very well be that some guilty pleas occur initially at the same time the report is issued,” diGenova said.
Coglianese then asked the former federal prosecutor if he had heard anything regarding the status of former CIA Director John Brennan, whose name has surfaced in recent months as a prime target of the investigation.
DiGenova said that he didn’t think it was wise to bring Brennan in because he wouldn’t answer any questions.
“Brennan would be the last person in the world you would interview,” he said. “You would only interview him after some people had pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate.
“So, you could do what they did to General [Mike] Flynn. Bring him in for an interview and hope to entrap him in a lie, but I can tell you this — Brennan will never agree to be interviewed. He will never make an appearance before a grand jury. He will take the Fifth [Amendment] because he doesn’t have any choice now.”
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