Friday, October 9, 2020

An October non-surprise from Barr

October is beginning to look unsurprising. Perhaps the report touted by Barr will go the same way as the Republican’s health plan. Here’s the scoop (with thanks to Editor at Large Sherry).

Scoop: Barr tells Republicans Durham report won’t be ready by election.

Attorney General Bill Barr has begun telling top Republicans that the Justice Department’s sweeping review into the origins of the Russia investigation will not be released before the election, a senior White House official and a congressional aide briefed on the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans had long hoped the report, led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, would be a bombshell containing revelations about what they allege were serious abuses by the Obama administration and intelligence community probing for connections between President Trump and Russia.

  • “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 GOP congressional aide told Axios.
  • Barr has made clear that they should not expect any further indictments or a comprehensive report before Nov. 3, our sources say.
  • The Justice Department declined to comment. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

See the Axios report for more background.

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