(USA Features) Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said Sunday that Attorney General William Barr is running up against the clock to finish the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the “Spygate” probe.
McCarthy told radio station WMAL Saturday that if Barr and the U.S. attorney he put on the case, John Durham of Connecticut, wait too long to file charges in the case during an election year, it will look politically motivated.
“The closer we get to election day, the more any charges he brought would be framed by the media as kind of a Trump campaign stunt,” he told the station.
“So I really think it’s in his interest, especially after pouring two years of effort into this, to get with it by the late spring at the latest, because we all know if the president doesn’t win reelection, this investigation is going down the memory hole,” he added.
“We’re getting to the point where a decision has to be made, one way or the other,” he said.
Durham recently moved his office from Connecticut to Washington, D.C., so he could continue working on the case through the coronavirus pandemic.
Barr hinted last week that criminal charges could be coming.
“[Durham] is looking to bring to justice people who are engaged in abuses if he can show that they were criminal violations, and that’s what the focus is on,” Barr told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Thursday. “He’s diligently pursuing it.”
Among others, Durham’s team is looking at former CIA Director John Brennan’s role in the investigation – whether he pushed for an intelligence community assessment (ICA) more damaging to Trump, Breitbart News reported.
Specifically, Durham’s team is also looking into whether Brennan pushed for the ICA to include that Russia had interfered to help Trump, when not all intelligence agencies concurred with the same degree of confidence, the site added.