A top aide to U.S. Attorney John Durham has reportedly resigned from the Justice Department’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation amid worries over political pressure from Attorney General William Barr.
Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy, who has worked with Durham for decades, abruptly resigned Thursday evening, sources told the Hartford Courant in a story published Friday.
Her resignation email did not include mention of political pressure.
According to the Courant, Dannehy was reportedly conflicted between politics and loyalty to Durham, a longtime colleague. The career prosecutor has led high-profile investigations into leaders such as former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland (R).
Barr appointed Durham to lead the investigation into the origins of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any potential links to the Trump campaign.
Colleagues of Dannehy told the Courant that Barr is pushing Durham to produce more results before the November election.