When AG Barr took over for Jeff Session, DC got a new sheriff. And the sheriff brought new deputies.
For the past several months John Durham has been digging into the Russian probe. His inquiry doesn’t garner front-page attention, because Democrats have no ability to leak the results. Understand that if Democrats were privy to some of Durham’s inside information, they still wouldn’t leak it. Because just like the impeachment farce, Durham’s report brings no favor for the Democrats.
As Fox News explains, Durham’s work will prove to be exactly the card Trump needs to play.
Attorney General Bill Barr appointed Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, to ensure intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were “lawful and appropriate.”
His probe reportedly will focus on the roles of key Obama administration intelligence officials like John Brennan and James Clapper. And it converges with other simultaneous investigations, including Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s probe of alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses. Coupled together, this could give the president ammunition to attack his critics. Even if the material does not directly relate to the Ukraine controversy fueling the impeachment push.
“If the rumors are true that IG Horowitz’s report and findings in Durham’s review will blast the conduct of the FBI’s Russia investigation, it will give Trump a lot of ammo to support his argument that he was unjustly targeted then and is being unjustly targeted now,” a House GOP source told Fox News on Tuesday. “It will justify Trump’s warnings about the Deep State acting to hobble his presidency.”
Trump claimed Tuesday that the impeachment push amounted to a lynching. This touched off a round of fiery condemnation from Democratic critics.
“The president should not compare a constitutionally mandated impeachment inquiry to such a dangerous and dark chapter in American history.” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters.
In the Shadows
Obviously, the left hopes their constant berating will turn people against Trump. Thus, they string the public along with “investigations” and “inquiries” when really, there’s nothing to look for. However, the tactic isn’t just an attack against Trump. It’s also a system of smoke and mirrors to hide the crimes liberals repeatedly commit.
Regardless of how loud this democrat witch hunt gets, Durham remains quiet. He continues to gather ammunition against many of Trump’s biggest critics.
Durham was appointed to review the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and through Trump’s January 20, 2017 inauguration. But Fox News has learned that he’s since expanded his investigation to cover a post-election timeline spanning the spring of 2017—when Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel.
Durham is “gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries,” according to Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, who also acknowledged that Trump has helped to facilitate communications for Barr and Durham with foreign powers.
“At Attorney General Barr’s request, the president has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the attorney general and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials,” Kupec said last month.
Barr and Durham have already traveled to Italy to speak with law enforcement officials. Also, they’ve had conversations with officials in the U.K. and Australia about the probe, according to multiple sources familiar with the meetings.
Durham also has reportedly expressed interest in interviewing several current and former intelligence officials. Former CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News that Durham plans to interview him and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
A spokesman for Clapper did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Meanwhile, Horowitz is expected to release his long-awaited review of alleged FISA abuses by the DOJ and FBI. There has been speculation that his report could drop any day.
What About Horowitz?
We were told last year to expect the Horowitz report in the Spring. Then, spring crept into summer and summer now folded into fall. Where’s the Horowitz report? We all know it holds the key to Durham’s investigation.
Horowitz has been probing how the salacious anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was used to secure the original FISA warrant for Page in October 2016, as well as three renewals. Horowitz also has looked into why the FBI may have regarded Steele – funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign through law firm Perkins Coie – a credible source, and why the bureau used news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility before the FISA court.
“As soon as Horowitz is done with his review of the FISA warrant application, the counterintelligence investigation, the Trump campaign, we’ll have a hearing in public with Horowitz and we’ll call a bunch of witnesses,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Graham has vowed to probe alleged FISA abuses at the start of the Russia investigation, saying earlier this year that his Senate committee would look for answers on how much money the Democrats paid research firm Fusion GPS to commission the dossier compiled by Steele, or if the contents of the dossier have been verified.
Exactly what Trump needs!
Trump and his allies are just waiting for Durham and Horowitz to join forces. Once they put their work together, it will shut down liberals once and for all.
“Democrats are afraid that the reports will validate what the president has been saying for years—his enemies in Congress are so desperate to undo the results of the 2016 election that they will manufacture conspiracies and sell them to the American people,” a senior Republican aide told Fox News on Tuesday.
Trump’s Ace: Declassification
Obviously, Trump has the power to declassify any or all of the report if he wants to. And we’ve already seen him use this tactic to burn Democrats. Thus, it’s no surprise Trump is already teasing the report findings.
“I predict you will see things that you don’t even believe, the level of corruption—whether it’s [James] Comey; whether it’s [Peter] Strzok and his lover, [Lisa] Page; whether it’s so many other people—[Andrew] McCabe; or whether it’s President Obama himself,” Trump told reporters last week.
“Let’s see whether or not it’s President Obama. Let’s see whether or not they put that in,” he added.
Once we find out everything, you can bet Obama will go down with that ship.