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US prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

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Nora Dannehy, top prosecutor on John Durham team, resigns

"The short e-mail was a brief farewell message and said nothing about political pressure, her work for Durham or what the Durham team has produced, according to people who received it".

Durham was appointed by Attorney General William Barr previous year to investigate the origins of the FBI's original Russia probe shortly after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller completed his yearslong investigation into whether the campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The Hartford Courant first reported Dannehy's departure.

Durham had no immediate comment, the news outlet reported. He joined the team nearly a year and a half ago. They reported that she had been considering resigning for weeks, not wanting to abandon Durham but uncomfortable with the political reality of the situation. But Durham associates, none of whom have specific knowledge of the investigation, have said recently that it is their belief he is under pressure to produce something - perhaps some sort of report - before the presidential election in November.

In recent years Dannehy has worked for a major defense contractor.

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 Russian Federation investigation. The highly regarded prosecutor informed colleagues of her resignation.

Durham is the United States Attorney for the District of CT. Among others, she convicted former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland and former state Treasurer Paul Silvester.

John Gleeson, the retired federal judge who was appointed by Sullivan to argue against the Justice Department's position, said in a filing that the case should not be dismissed and called the government's motion to dismiss "plainly a corrupt political errand for the president".

So far, the most important development in Durham's investigation has been the arrest, in August, of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith - who was accused of altering an e-mail from the Central Intelligence Agency that concerned a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, who was placed under surveillance.

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