'This is big': Legal experts react to prosecutor's abrupt resignation from John Durham's Russia probe

  

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'This is big': Legal experts react to prosecutor's abrupt resignation from John Durham's Russia probe
Nora Dannehy, a federal prosecutor who is a top aide to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in his Russia investigation, has quietly resigned from the probe, the Hartford Courant reports. Dannehy's resignation was at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is "being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is […]

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Nora Dannehy, a federal prosecutor who is a top aide to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in his Russia investigation, has quietly resigned from the probe, the Hartford Courant reports. Dannehy's resignation was at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is "being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done," her colleagues tell the Courant.

"Durham recruited Dannehy to join his team after he was appointed by Attorney General William Barr more than a year and a half ago to examine the the FBI's legal justification for a disputed counterintelligence investigation that looked for ties between President Donald J. Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian efforts to meddle in the election," the Courant explained.

The move has legal experts on Twitter acknowledging the story as a major development in the case:


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This is big.

U.S. prosecutor Nora Dannehy resigns from John Durham's Russia investigation, in part due to concerns that Barr is pressuring the team to produce results before the election.https://t.co/rkLGM5dihI

— Breanne Deppisch (@breanne_dep) September 11, 2020


Nora Dannehy is highly regarded. She investigated the firings of 9 US Attys during the Bush administration & is widely viewed as a non-partisan professional. https://t.co/jla0svnMxJ — Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 11, 2020


Really big. Nora Dannehy is an incredibly well-respected prosecutor - not the type of person who would take this step for no reason. https://t.co/Oc4y2Foiv0 — Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 11, 2020


Red Alert:

Nora Dannehy, Connecticut prosecutor who was top aide to John Durham's Trump-Russia investigation, resigns amid concern about pressure from Attorney General William Barr https://t.co/lcgtczWwW0

— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) September 11, 2020



Canary in coal mine dead.

Looks like profound corruption in Barr-Durham probe—attempted October surprise.

Top Durham aide, Nora Dannehy resigns partly because "team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done"!https://t.co/JvXtU8k4bY

— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 11, 2020


Here we go folks. Please remember that, whatever Durham does or does not find, Bill Barr will "spin", "mischaracterize" & lie about, just as Federal Judge Reggie Walton concluded regarding Barr's lies about the Mueller report. Our eyes are open to Barr's nefarious game. https://t.co/knyInHkecM — Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) September 11, 2020


Let there be no doubt: Barr is pushing the Durham probe to gift Trump an October surprise. https://t.co/tYOgFOmlN2 — Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 11, 2020


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Number two on the Durham probe has resigned, and reportedly the reason is because of pressure being put on the probe by William Barr. 

Stinks to high heaven.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1  gooseisgone  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago
Number two on the Durham probe

Funny, she hasn't worked for the U S Attorney for 10 years and she's the #2 hmmm

Dannehy is a career prosecutor who worked closely with Durham before leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office about a decade ago for a corporate position in the defense industry.

Colleagues said Dannehy is not a supporter of President Donald J. Trump and has been concerned in recent weeks by what she believed was pressure from Barr - who appointed Durham - to produce results before the election.

https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-john-durham-dannehy-resignation-20200911-20200911-xcsapnq7g5e63kvtw5aqi7cv34-story.html

There's not a doubt in anyone's mind if Trump loses this all goes away, why is this a surprise to you?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

I don't question Ms Dannehy's integrity. I am sure this is all about the decision to release info/indict within the short time remaining before election. Some don't feel that is kosher. I'm sure she is one of those.

I for one don't believe that ones side should be hammered by innuendo and outrageous accusations, while the other lives up to Victorian like standards. If that investigation has important findings or indictments, then the US Attorney should act accordingly despite the fact that an election is less that two months away.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2    2 weeks ago

I heard Trump has said that Barr could go down as one of the greatest attorney generals. To Trump that rating is contingent on Barr indicting Trump's political enemies prior to the election. What good will it do Trump if it happens after Trump has lost in November? He will turn on Barr like a cornered rattlesnake if he loses the election. Barr will become a coward and a loser in trump's eyes unless he makes his move before the election. 

The woman prosecutor resigned in protest to this scenario. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    2 weeks ago
What good will it do Trump if it happens after Trump has lost in November?

If Biden wins, his AG will immediately terminate the Durham investigation, no matter what the findings.


He will turn on Barr like a cornered rattlesnake if he loses the election.

If Trump loses, Barr immediately cleans out his desk and returns to private life.


The woman prosecutor resigned in protest to this scenario. 

As I already said, there are a lot of people in the DOJ who believe that findings and or indictments should be put on hold this close to an election. That is what this is about. On the other side are those like James Comey who feel that holding such findings also has an effect on the election. Do you understand?

It's a double edged sword.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.2    2 weeks ago

There arent going to be any indictments. Trump would settle for a report that said anything whatsoever negative about Biden and Harris, and Obama of course. The woman's resignation is a clear sign that she believes any pre-election report would be unethical. It would be like Comey announcing 10 days before the election in 16 that he was re-opening the emails issue and then later saying nothing came of it.  Nothing is going to come from the Durham report and it it is unethical to use such a report to effect an election. Dannehy knws that. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2.4  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.3    2 weeks ago
There arent going to be any indictments.

Again: Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty yesterday!


The woman's resignation is a clear sign that she believes any pre-election report would be unethical.

Correct. That's one woman's opinion. It could equally be said that her resignation is affecting the election.


 It would be like Comey announcing 10 days before the election in 16 that he was re-opening the emails issue and then later saying nothing came of it. 

And Comey defended that by saying if he had not released the breaking story it would have tarnished the reputation of the FBI.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Whistleblowers, resignations, Barr's DOJ is corrupt. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 weeks ago

if they are using fabricated bs to spy on bidens campaign?  let us know

 
 
 
JBB
3  JBB    2 weeks ago

The Durham Probe is a trumped up load of bullshit...

Trump was all in with Putin. How do CIA/FBI not see?

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
3.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

Please correct...... the "was" to be augmented with "and still is"

 
 
 
Greg Jones
3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

Please present all the evidence of such goings on....documents, videos, audio tapes, testimony under oath, a smoking gun or two!

We'll wait.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.2.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    2 weeks ago
Please present all the evidence of such goings on....documents, videos, audio tapes, testimony under oath, a smoking gun or two!

That moron is currently sitting in the Oval Office, is he not?  How much more of a smocking gun do you need?  

Also, be patient about that video.  I'm absolutely certain we'll be seeing it shortly after the covfefe hits the fan in November.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago
The Durham Probe is a trumped up load of bullshit...

Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty just the other day!

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

Let's just keep an eye on this development and wait for proper facts and statements to emerge.

Now if she comes out and says she left in order to "spend more time on her family"....... you know it's time to call bullshit.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4    2 weeks ago

My understanding from what is in the media is that number two's on a major investigation do not resign in the middle of it unless it something serious. A Hartford Connecticut newspaper is reporting that she is protesting pressure from Barr and that was likely leaked to the paper by someone who knows. 

But yeah we can wait. 

I hope that Barr's DOJ does indict Obama officials. It will be the worst thing that ever happened to Trump. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
    • A veteran prosecutor working on Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe resigned from the Justice Department on Thursday, The Hartford Courant reported.
    • The prosecutor, Nora Dannehy, reportedly resigned amid concerns that Barr was exerting inappropriate political pressure that investigators release their findings before the November election, even though their work is not yet done.
    • Dannehy's colleagues told The Courant that she does not support President Donald Trump and had been concerned for weeks by Barr's actions.
    • The attorney general has repeatedly cast doubt on the origins of the Russia probe and suggested that the FBI should not have launched the investigation and that it was inappropriately "spying" on Trump's 2016 campaign.
    • An independent investigation into the matter by the Justice Department's inspector general found no evidence of illegal spying and also concluded that the bureau had an "authorized purpose" in launching the Russia probe.
 
 
 
Greg Jones
5.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @5    2 weeks ago
Dannehy's colleagues told The Courant that she does not support President Donald Trump.
That tells us all we need to know.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
5.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @5    2 weeks ago
and also concluded that the bureau had an "authorized purpose" in launching the Russia probe.

Based on baseless information, like a phony dossier.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
6  The Magic Eight Ball    2 weeks ago
Prosecutor's Abrupt Resignation From John Durham's Russia Probe

translation....  "if we remove all leftwing bs"

durham is almost ready to give a report.

and will probably give that report before the election

 
 
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