We all already know this — in a way. There are two DOJ investigations ongoing into the origins of the Russia probe, one being conducted by IG Michael Horowitz, the other being run by prosecutor John Durham. The Horowitz report is due Monday, Durham’s findings are still many months away. By definition, Horowitz won’t be the last word.
But Barr means more than just a quirk in the timing. You need to read this story in the context of yesterday’s news about Barr allegedly disagreeing with Horowitz’s conclusion that there was a sufficient legal and factual basis for the FBI to open the Russia investigation. The AG seems to know something that Horowitz doesn’t. And what he knows, realistically, can only have come from Durham.
Which raises a question: What’s the point of putting out an IG report that’s only going to be undermined later? If Durham’s findings are as damning as Barr thinks/hopes, the IG will never be taken seriously again.