WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to news that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe is now a criminal investigation.

“The special counsel’s multi-million dollar investigation concluded that no Americans conspired with Russia in 2016. As a result of the empty accusations about this president and what the inspector general found to be bias at the top tiers of the FBI, Americans have unanswered questions about how the Russia investigation began. Chairman Nadler is wrong to suggest that John Durham’s investigation is anything less than an effort to deliver truth and accountability. If Mr. Durham finds that crimes were committed, I have confidence that he will pursue justice and help restore America’s confidence in its premier law enforcement agency.”