[Ed. – The media’s emphasis in reporting this has been on the point that it would make Durham’s effort harder to shut down by a new Biden administration. But of more immediate importance is that it means Durham can file indictments without referring them to DOJ for processing. Barr’s order was issued in October 2020.]
Attorney General William Barr has named U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut to be a special counsel in his ongoing investigation into the FBI’s Russia probe, a move that will let the inquiry continue into President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Barr said in an interview published by the Associated Press on Tuesday that he made the appointment of Durham — who is already leading the FBI-Russia probe — to provide him “and his team some assurance that they’d be able to complete their work regardless of the outcome of the election.”
Durham was originally appointed by Barr to probe whether FBI and intelligence officials committed any crimes or other wrongdoing when they investigated … President Trump’s campaign …
The Justice Department on Tuesday released Barr’s previously undisclosed order appointing Durham as special counsel in October.