The Justice Department has previously announced that Durham is stepping down from the post of District Attorney for the District of Connecticut, to which he was appointed more than three years ago.
John Durham will continue, despite leaving the post of the prosecutor of the District of Connecticut (in the state of the same name), to lead the investigation into the circumstances of the surveillance of US intelligence services for the headquarters of former US President, Republican Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign. This was reported by the Connecticut Post.
The publication draws attention to the fact that Durham is leaving only the post of the district attorney while retaining the status of the special prosecutor, which was given to him in December 2020 by former Justice Secretary and US Attorney General William Barr. This, as the newspaper points out, will allow him to continue the investigation initiated on the instructions of the Bar in May 2019, which in October of the same year was reclassified as a criminal trial.
The former Justice Department chief previously told the Associated Press that he had given Durham the special prosecutor’s status so that he could continue his investigation under the new administration. As explained by the agency, this means that the current President Joe Biden administration will be able to remove Durham from office only if he is convicted of violations, including non-performance of his duties or misconduct.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Durham is stepping down from the post of District Attorney for the District of Connecticut, to which he was appointed more than three years ago. Durham, 70, will formally end his term as district attorney at midnight on February 28. His first assistant, Leonard Boyle, will become the interim prosecutor of Connecticut.
Earlier, it was reported that the Ministry of Justice intends to demand the resignation of federal prosecutors appointed by the previous administration; the White House, in turn, indirectly confirmed this data. At the same time, it was reported that the reshuffle would not affect Durham and Delaware Attorney David Weiss, who oversees the tax audit of the son of the US President – Hunter Biden. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, on February 9, when asked why Durham and Weiss would remain in their positions, said: “The President has clearly stated that he wants to restore the independence of the Ministry of Justice, free it from any undue political influence.”