(PresidentialWire.com)- John Durham revealed on Friday that he is resigning from his position as United States attorney for the District of Connecticut.
The Connecticut Post revealed that the resignation has been “expected for weeks” after the Biden administration asked holdover U.S. attorneys to resign.
John Durham steps down as US Atty in CT. But stays on board as special counsel probing origins of Trump/Russia investigation. Biden Admin asked US attys to resign by end of February
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2021
Durham is expected to continue his work as special counsel investigating the origins of the Trump Russia investigation, which failed to find any evidence to show that then-candidate Donald Trump conspired with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Just for clarity’s sake once more- @TheJusticeDept confirms for me yet again today – John Durham is STILL special counsel. The resignation announcement only pertains to his U.S. Attorney role. This was expected, and we also previously reported it. https://t.co/vTHVUfD7mt
— Sarah N. Lynch (@SarahNLynch) February 26, 2021
Former Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham as special counsel in December 2020, tasked with probing the origins of the Russia investigation. So far, the investigation has resulted in criminal charges for only one person involved with the original Russia investigation.
Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith was found guilty of altering an email that was used to justify the approval of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Warrant, but there is much work left to be done.
In a statement, Durham said that his career has been as fulfilling as he could have ever imagined when he graduated from law school in 1975.
“Much of that fulfilment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies,” he said. “My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as U.S. Attorney, and as a career prosecutor before that, and I will sorely miss it.”
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Leonard C Boyle is expected to become Acting U.S. Attorney after Durham leaves.