PROSECUTOR LOOKING INTO RUSSIA PROBE ORIGINS RESIGNS
A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said Friday, the Associated Press (AP) reported on September 12, 2020.
Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by US Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. The campaign is eagerly awaiting the results of the inquiry, which it believes would support Trump’s claim of being targeted by some “deep state” and constitute one of the buttresses of its “October surprise.”
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Connecticut confirmed Dannehy’s departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but declined to comment further, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo wrote for AP.
Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation already slowed by the coronavirus pandemic but eagerly anticipated by President Donald Trump and his supporters to uncover what they see as wrongdoing within the FBI during the Russia investigation. It leaves the investigative team without one of its veteran prosecutors as key decisions presumably await before the probe wraps up.
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