A senior White House official and a congressional aide have told Axios that AG Barr has begun informing top Republicans that the review of the Russia investigation will not be released before the election.
Republicans have long hoped that the Durham report would be a bombshell containing proof of what they have long suspected to be bias and corruption within the investigation. They also believe that it will contain evidence that top figures within the Obama administration, including former President Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, were involved in the corruption.
Many people believe the Durham report will vindicate President Trump from the constant whining of the left about ‘collusion with Russia’, perhaps alleviating concerns from undecided voters and giving him an advantage in the November election.
“This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn’t happen before the election,” a Republican congressional aide told Axios.
According to Axios, Barr has told top Republicans that they should not expect a comprehensive report or further indictments before November 3.
The Justice Department and the White House have not commented on these revelations as of yet.
According to one source, AG Barr has stated that Durham is working deliberately and seriously, focusing on winning prosecutions rather than a deadline for releasing the report.
“It comes with the territory of a sprawling investigation that every stone you turn over needs to be fully scrutinized,” a former DOJ official said.
President Trump has publicly shown his exasperation with the lack of action from John Durham and Bill Barr. “To be honest, Bill Barr is going to go down as either the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he’s going to go down as, you know, a very sad situation,” Trump said in a phone interview with Fox Business on Thursday.
The president believes that the probe has found enough evidence to prove his case, and that the continued efforts to find more are unnecessary. “He’s got all the information he needs. They want to get more, more, more. They keep getting more. I said, ‘you don’t need any more,'” Trump said in the Fox Business interview.
Politico also reported on this issue, stating that “U.S. Attorney John Durham, — tasked by Attorney General William Barr to review the 2016-era Russia investigation — is not expected to release information related to the probe before Election Day, according to sources on and off the Hill. Senate Republicans running similar investigations were told of the intention within the last week — and it’s why they’ve been stepping up their releases of declassified documents.”
Senate Republicans have been conducting their own investigations. In mid-September, they released a list of people subpoenaed in their quest for the truth surrounding the origins of the Russia investigation. Those subpoenaed include former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI counsel Lisa Page, former FBI agent Joe Pientka, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former White House national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.
Some information has been declassified so far, including a binder full of documents released by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to assist the Justice Department’s review of the Durham probe.
Many are still asking for more documents to be declassified, saying that the people have a right to know what the FBI was up to during the Russia investigation. “Bill Barr should follow the instructions of the president to declassify and release all the documents the FBI are sitting on. There’s no good reason for him to withhold this information,” a senior White House official said.