Who is Nora Dannehy (Resigns Amid Worries of AG Bill Barr’s Influence) Biography, Wiki
Nora Dannehy is a former federal prosecutor and top aide to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been probing the Russia investigation and surveillance used on members of President Donald Trump‘s campaign in 2016. She resigned abruptly from the Department of Justice on Friday, September 11, the Hartford Courant reported.
Attorney General Bill Barr selected US Connecticut Attorney General Durham to review the origins of the investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. Trump, his administration, and conservative media figures have long accused the Obama administration and several federal law enforcers of breaking the law and “spying” on Trump’s campaign. Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, suggested this week that the indictments may come out of the secret investigation.
BOMBSHELL: Nora Dannehy — top aide to John Durham — quits Trump/Russia investigation over political pressure from AG William Barr. @EdMahony has the story in the @hartfordcourant.@realDonaldTrumphttps://t.co/LNn2qVIGfb pic.twitter.com/dwhDFxubCB
— Rick Green (@VTConfidential) September 11, 2020
Dannehy joined the District of Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1991, serving as assistant U.S. attorney until 2008, according to the Department of Justice.
In 2008, she became acting U.S. attorney and served in that role until 2010, according to the DOJ. She was the first woman to hold the office in Connecticut.
She returned to the office in 2019 to serve as a top aide to Durham, who has been serving as U.S. attorney since November 2017. Durham had high praise for Dannehy last year.
“Nora Dannehy has superior legal skills and an unmatched reputation for integrity,” Durham said. “During her long tenure in the Justice Department, she led some of the most sensitive investigations ever undertaken by our office. I am thrilled that Nora has chosen to return to public service and look forward to working with her and relying on her counsel and decades of legal experience to further the cause of justice for the people of Connecticut and our nation.”
Barr assigned Durham in May 2019 to head up a probe into the origins of the Russian interference investigation that resulted in dozens of high-profile indictments, and which has been continuously slammed as a “witch hunt” by Trump, Lawfare Blog reported.
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
Durham’s team is stacked with justice department and law enforcement veterans, including former FBI agents and Anthony Scarpelli, a Washington State federal prosecutor.
Former CIA Director John Brennan was interviewed for eight hours as part of the probe in August, CBS reported. A spokesperson for Brennan told the outlet that Brennan was told he was not the target of a criminal investigation, but was interviewed “as a witness to events that are under review.”
According to the Courant’s reporting, Dannehy sent a brief emailed letter of resignation on Thursday evening, September 10.
Her email did not make any mention of political pressure, the Courant reported.
Colleagues told the paper, however, that she was not a fan of Trump and that her decision to leave had been weeks coming, after feeling pressure from Barr to get the report done in time for the November election.
A spokesman for the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed to Heavy that Dannehy had resigned, but wouldn’t comment any further.
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
Barr, who is widely viewed as an ally to the president, has been subject to much speculation that he is pushing for an outcome favorable to the president’s re-election.
Law experts and commentators immediately blasted the news of Dannehy’s resignation as evidence of corruption on Friday.
“Canary in coal mine dead,” said Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel at the Department of Defense. “Looks like profound corruption in Barr-Durham probe attempted October surprise.”
Law professor Lawrence Tribe also alleged that the news pointed to Trump and Barr trying to force Durham’s hand into an October surprise — indictments or news about the original Russia probe that could increase Trump’s re-election chances in November.
The sudden resignation of John Durham’s top deputy Nora Dannehy is a strong sign that Bill Barr has turned Durham into a tool of the corrupt Trump project of smearing Biden and clearing Trump in October. These crooks aren’t even subtle.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 11, 2020