A top Republican is urging U.S. Attorney John Durham to pick up the pace with his criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation and release his findings before November’s presidential election.
During an interview on Fox News, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said people have a right to know the extent of any misconduct in the Obama administration before they go to the polls.
Scalise, the House minority whip, stressed that former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, could have been privy to the actions taken by the Obama administration in the Russia witch hunt against President Donald Trump.
“Joe Biden has serious questions to answer,” Scalise told host Jeanine Pirro.
With regards to Durham’s investigation, Scalise said, “I want to see it sped up. I sure have been vocal about that.”
He said it is because the election is coming up, and concerns have been raised about the appearances of such an inquiry reaching a climax right before the big event.
“Justice has to be served and not next December,” Scalise said. “There is an election coming up, and the American people have a lot of decisions to make. All of this ought to be factored into what they decide. To see some of the dirty stuff that went on all the way possibly to President Obama at the time and Joe Biden when he was vice president.”
Pirro then suggested Biden could have been a key player in the Russia controversy by noting the former vice president attended a White House meeting about the Intelligence Community Assessment during the presidential transition period.
“After that meeting, newly released notes show, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was asked to stay behind along with then-FBI Director James Comey and was surprised to learn from Obama details about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s intercepted phone calls with a Russian envoy,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Biden was very much a part of this,” she said. “This is the Obama-Biden administration. … This was something that was discussed constantly.”
Attorney General William Barr, who appointed Durham to review the Russia investigation, has not dismissed the possibility of criminal prosecutions.
So it would seem that indictments may be coming, but nothing has been officially announced — yet.
Scalise’s comments come on the heels of the Department of Justice filing a motion last week to dismiss its criminal case against former White House national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn following explosive new evidence in the case.
Newly unsealed documents in Flynn’s case revealed FBI agents discussed the Army lieutenant general’s possible prosecution prior to interviewing him, leading Flynn’s lawyers to claim he was set up.
In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Strzok was fired for sending countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair. Strzok played a critical role in going after Flynn, the new documents reveal.
Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes also revealed over the weekend that the FBI’s original interview summary with Flynn is “missing.”
One could certainly make the argument that top brass at the FBI — such as Strzok and Page — may have deleted or altered Flynn’s original interview summary to make it better fit their goal, which was to charge him.