Former Attorney General William Barr once promised a report from John Durham-- who was investigating government misconduct in the investigation of Donald Trump-- in spring of 2020.
We're still waiting.
Meantime, after 16 months of trying, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has finally received budget records from the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning Durham's operations as Special Counsel. They show the office's fiscal year 2022 budget was over $8.5 million.
The documents were handed over as a result of a March 2022 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch after the DOJ failed to legally respond to an August 2021 request for records of communication between Durham and Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland, plus all budget records related to the operations of the office of Special Counsel.
Durham was appointed to serve as Special Counsel for the Department of Justice on October 19, 2020. Previously he had already been investigating misconduct by those in the Dept. of Justice and elsewhere who allegedly tried to frame President Trump as if he were a Russian spy.
The Special Counsel was authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, Ill.Dept. of Justice records
The Department of Justice initially produced budget records responsive to the Judicial Watch lawsuit on June 3, 2022, but redacted the actual budget numbers. Judicial Watch challenged the withheld information, and the DOJ now has re-released the documents without the redactions.
The supplemental response includes an unredacted June 30, 2021, memo from Assistant Attorney General Lee Lofthus to Attorney General Garland with the subject line “Fiscal Year 2022 Special Counsel’s Office Budget Request,” showing a previously withheld estimated budget of $8,627,629.
Attached is the John Durham Special Counsel Office Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget plan. The Justice Management Division has completed its review under 28 C.F.R. 600.8(a)(1). The FY 2022 budget estimate is $4,463,525 which, after Office of Management and Budget technical adjustments for the mandatory sequester, totals $4,209,104 in available operational funds. [Emphasis supplied for previously redacted numbers]Dept. of Justice records
In a line-item breakout of costs for FY 2022 attached to the memo, DOJ has now released figures indicating that total income paid to “Full Time Permanent” personnel, including benefits, was $1,874,193. Non-reimbursable costs totaled $2,334,911, for costs such as travel ($457,207), rent ($306,350), and “Other Contractual Services” ($1,297,054). The budget also indicates there was one direct position, 11 “Reimbursable Detailees” and three “Non-Reimbursable Investigative Staff,” for a total of 15 personnel. [Emphasis supplied for previously redacted numbers]
“Special Counsel Durham has spent millions in tax dollars to investigate the worst government corruption scandal in American history – the abuse of Trump – to little good end,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “That we had to file a federal lawsuit to get basic budget information about this historic investigation speaks volumes. And that the Garland DOJ is still hiding documents adds to the scandal.”
See detailed memorandums and budget records at this link.
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Tom Fitton rocks.
I agree. Our government is corrupt, but at least Fitton shows it clearly to anyone who pays attention. If the truth will set you free, realizing we live in a corrupt oligarchy is the 1st step.
Joe F says
And from all that's been uncovered from Durham's investigation, after many months and promised indictments forthcoming with deep state corruption and lawlessness, that $8 million could have just as well been thrown up a hog's backside and "souie" hollered--it's just as gone and just as unproductive.
Jack Fanning says
There is no dog to watch. Durham is a figment of your fevered imagination. A bit of undigested beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato.
GENE A HORTON says
I see it now: FINAL REPORT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL: It appears everyone on U S Government payroll is CROOKED, including ME. END OF REPORT
Plato v2.0 says
Well that's a good thing then. It came in at 21.5 MILLION LESS then did the scam investigation Mueller cap'n cup-o-soup ran. His was 30-40 million we never did get a final tally. Mueller I'm told, got a new wing on his house, his three car garage made into a four car garage, an Olympic sized swimming pool, and three separate putting greens in his backyard. All paid for by the Mueller investigation.
We, conservatives, expected NOTHING less than corruption.