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:
!!! This is big. U.S. prosecutor Nora Dannehy resigns from John Durham's Russia investigation, in part due to c… https://t.co/e7Gd8KDTmf— Breanne Deppisch (@Breanne Deppisch)1599851504.0
Nora Dannehy is highly regarded. She investigated the firings of 9 US Attys during the Bush administration & is wid… https://t.co/q9IUMzdYDD— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1599851519.0
Red Alert: Nora Dannehy, Connecticut prosecutor who was top aide to John Durham’s Trump-Russia investigation, resi… https://t.co/g1dpWQohc0— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian)1599850750.0
🚨🚨 Canary in coal mine dead. Looks like profound corruption in Barr-Durham probe—attempted October surprise. Top… https://t.co/PsFxMCdIrD— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1599850623.0
Here we go folks. Please remember that, whatever Durham does or does not find, Bill Barr will “spin”, “mischaracter… https://t.co/zrRerivFg8— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1599851639.0
Let there be no doubt: Barr is pushing the Durham probe to gift Trump an October surprise. https://t.co/tYOgFOmlN2— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1599851382.0