Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 23:15 am

Trump says classified material can be used in Durham probe

Trump says classified material can be used in Durham probe
The special counsel investigating the origins of the FBI's probe into the 2016 election now has the authority to use classified information indefinitely in his investigation.

Outgoing Attorney General William Barr named U.Durham was already leading an investigation, but the appointment makes it more difficult for the new attorney general to close it.intelligence officials to assist in that review and gave the attorney general permission to declassify or downgrade information or intelligence that relates to his review.Barr earlier told The Associated Press that he was naming Durham as special counsel in what turned out to be one of his final moves as attorney general.

The move added a wrinkle for whomever Biden nominates as attorney general, especially because Democrats have dismissed Durham's probe.DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating the origins of the FBI's probe into the 2016 election now has the authority to use classified information indefinitely in his investigation, a procedural step following his earlier appointment, according to a memorandum issued by President Donald Trump.

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