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Merrick Garland Won’t Explicitly Commit To Released Durham Report On Trump-Russia Probe Origins

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Merrick Garland, at his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General on Monday, would not commit to releasing the Durham report.

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: I’m going to go to the Durham investigation. At Barr’s hearing, he stated the following regard to Mueller’s investigation. “It’s virtually important that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his investigation.” Also, at that same hearing, Senator Feinstein asked, “Will you commit to providing Mr. Mueller with the resources, funds, and time needed to complete his investigation?” Attorney General Barr answered Senator Feinstein with a one word, “Yes.” With respect to Special Counsel Durham’s investigation, I expect that he will be allowed to complete his investigation. If confirmed, will you commit to providing Special Counsel Durham with the staff, resources, funds, and time needed to thoroughly complete the investigation? GARLAND: So, senator, I don’t have any information about the investigation as I sit here today and the very–and another one of the very first things I’m going to have to do is speak with Mr. Durham, figure out how his investigation is going. I understand that he has been permitted to remain in his position and sitting here today, I have no reason to think that that was not the correct decision. GRASSLEY: Okay. And–and I suppose that would be an answer that he would only be removed for cause then. Would that be your position? GARLAND: Well, senator, I–I really do have to have an opportunity to talk with him. I have not had that opportunity. As I said, I don’t have any reason, from what I know now, which is really very little, to make any determination on that ground. But I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place. GRASSLEY: If confirmed, would you commit to publically releasing Special Counsel Durham’s report just like Mueller report was made public? GARLAND: So, senator, I’m–I am a great believer in transparency. I would, though, have to talk with Mr. Durham and understand the nature of what he’s been doing and the nature of the report. But I am a big–very much committed to transparency and to explaining Justice Department decision making. GRASSLEY: At this point, I’m not going to take exception to the answers you gave me about Durham because I think you’re an honorable person. They’re not quite as explicit as I hoped they would be, like we got from Barr for the Mueller investigation. But, I–I think you’ve come close to satisfying me, but maybe not entirely.

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