(Tea Party PAC) – If Attorney General Bill Barr has assigned a US Attorney to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation, he must certainly believe something criminal happened.
This week, the New York Times reported that Barr assigned John Durham, the US Attorney in Connecticut, to look into the inception of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
According to their report, Durham “has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials.”
This latest investigation will be the third ongoing probe into why, exactly, the FBI saw fit to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, who has never been accused of a crime.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is nearing the end of his own investigation into the FBI’s use of FISA applications and confidential sources as part of the Trump-Russia investigation.
And when he was still in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked John Huber, the US Attorney in Utah, to look into “whether any matters not currently under investigation warrants the opening of an investigation” in November of 2017.
The Democrats should be very worried, according to a former DOJ official from the George W. Bush administration:
“If I were the Democrats I would be quite worried,” said former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo on the Ingraham Angle on Monday night.
And the reason why is, by appointing a U.S. attorney, Attorney General Barr is essentially signaling that he thinks it’s possible that criminal violations occurred in the start of the whole investigation into any kind of Trump-Russian collusion.
As Judge Barr said, there is already an inspector general investigation that’s going to come to a conclusion. That’s what you would do if you were just interested in reforming the way the department does things, the way decisions were made.
But you wouldn’t go with a U.S. Attorney like Durham, someone of his stature, unless the attorney general thinks actually something criminal might have happened, that someone might have violated the law, that there might have been malfeasance, that people at the FBI or the justice department were acting out of partisan motives, not just out of incompetence or stupidity or they were duped by the Russians or Steele or the English or by the Clinton campaign.
So if you are a Democrat, I think you would be really worried to see the appointment of a career prosecutor like this.
This comes after Barr told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee last month that” Yes, I think spying did occur” on the Trump campaign.
“But, the question is whether it was predicated — adequately predicated — and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that,” he added.
“I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane and I want to make sure that happened. We have a lot of rules about that.”
“I haven’t set up a team yet,” he explained, “but I do have — I have in mind having some colleagues help me pull all this information together and–and let me know whether there’s some areas that should be looked at. And I also want to make clear, this is not launching an investigation of the FBI.”
Barr said he believes”there was probably a failure among a group of leaders there at the (FBI’s) upper echelon.”