John Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known, according to multiple senior administration officials.
Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.
However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.
Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham traveled to Italy recently to talk to law enforcement officials there about the probe and have also had conversations with officials in the U.K. and Australia about the investigation, according to multiple sources familiar with the meetings.
Here's why I think this is so big.
If you're John Durham and the timeline of your investigation just got expanded in this manner--probably on your own recommendation--who would you want to pull in front of the Grand Jury? My list starts this way, and just keeps expanding:
And that's just for starters--I'm sure I've missed a few. But then you work your way up to:
Robert "Bob" Mueller--The Third!
And, yes, there are plenty more. It might even include members of the Legislative Branch. Count on it--Barr has no love lost for them. It's pucker time in the Deep State.
ADDENDUM: A very important paragraph from the Fox article:
Durham, known as a "hard-charging, bulldog" prosecutor, according to a source, has been focusing on the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants. Durham was asked to help Barr to "ensure that intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were lawful and appropriate."
What? You really thought the FISA stuff would be left entirely to Horowitz and Durham wouldn't be involved? Welcome to the real world.