Collins Says He Hopes Investigation into Russian Probe Origins Will Lead to Criminal Charges

While appearing at the CPAC conference, Rep. Doug Collins expressed this hopes that the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham will lead to criminal charges.

President Trump recently told reporters he is considering staunch ally Rep. Doug Collins to serve as director of national intelligence.

Fox News reports Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who has served as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee but is leaving the role after announcing a Senate campaign, described at CPAC what he believes will come out of Durham’s probe.

“This is not going to be a Mueller report; there won’t be a report,” Collins told Fox News, noting that Durham and his team have kept very “quiet” about their work. “When he’s ready to charge people, he’ll charge people.”

He added: “And that’s when we’ll know.”

Collins’ comments came just moments after he spoke at CPAC on the topic of the Russia investigation at the FBI, and the appointment of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as his nearly two-year investigation.

“Durham is investigating, Attorney General Bill Barr has expanded his reach into the intelligence community,” Collins said during the presentation, adding that he has “grand juries” and “everything else” at his disposal.

Last year, Barr appointed Durham, of Connecticut, to review the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and through Trump’s January 20, 2017 inauguration. But, as Fox News first reported, Durham has since expanded his investigation to cover a post-election timeline spanning the spring of 2017 — when Mueller was appointed as special counsel.