John Durhan’s special counsel investigation has made it difficult for Congress to find out if there was any misconduct by the FBI and to look into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, according to Sen. Ron Johnson.
Johnson made the comments in a Newsmax interview. He complained about the inability to bring down Durham’s prosecutions. This appears to be the end of Johnson’s story. Meanwhile, the prosecutor took the source for the now-infamous dossier that claimed ties between Trump and Russia to court. The senator expressed frustration at the lack of conviction against Michael Sussmann, who was found not guilty in May.
Johnson stated, “Our efforts to investigate Hunter Biden corruption and within FBI was certainly hampered by the active criminal investigation of John Durham,” Johnson added.
This is similar to Johnson’s April statement about congressional investigators not being able to access information during Durham’s investigation. Johnson called it “problem” and said that Johnson was the same. But, court records show that more information is available.
Durham filed a major court filing last week alleging that Igor Danchenko – a Russian lawyer who was charged with making false statements to FBI about the dossier – was a confidential paid source of human resources for the FBI. Johnson and Chuck Grassley (Republican-Independent) sought all FBI and Justince Department records relating the government payments to Danchenko, counterintelligence concern he posed and the FBI’s choice to rely solely on him. Danchenko pleaded no guilty and the Virginia trial is scheduled for Oct 11.
Newsmax began their interview with Johnson by having Sean Spicer, Trump’s first White House Press Secretary, and Lyndsay Luke discuss the dozens FBI whistleblowers that Republican lawmakers have claimed have made claims about politicization of the bureau in recent months. Johnson is one such legislator. Johnson also investigated Hunter Biden (“the adult son” of President Joe Biden), and raised concerns about influence-peddling.
Johnson suggested Durham’s investigation. It is investigating misconduct in FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigations and has been convicted. This roadblock prevents congressional oversight. Republicans, however, are planning to expand their investigation into allegations against FBI malfeasance if the Republicans win control of at most one chamber in November’s midterm elections.
Johnson expressed concern for Durham saying that he hopes “at minimum” that any report the special prosecutor submits at the conclusion of his investigation to AttorneyGeneral Merrick Garland is made available.
Johnson stated, “The American people deserve to know the truth of corruption that occurred within the Department of Justice” and “the FBI.”