Adam Schiff, Who Championed the Mueller Probe, Opposes Durham Appointment

Rep. Adam Schiff opposes Attorney General William Barr’s selection of John Durham to serve as special counsel, and suggested that President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general could consider shutting down the probe.

by Chuck Ross

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the leading proponents of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, said Tuesday he opposes Attorney General William Barr’s decision to appoint U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel in an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

In an interview on MSNBC, Schiff suggested that the attorney general in the Biden administration should assess Durham’s mandate and decide whether to allow the prosecutor to continue his investigation.

“In an appointment secretly conferred on Durham prior to the election…Barr is using the special counsel law for a purpose it was not intended: to continue a politically motivated investigation long after Barr leaves office,” Schiff said in a statement on Tuesday after Barr said he had appointed Durham to the special prosecutor role on Oct. 19.

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