And this is why the Democrats have been desperate to get rid of Attorney General Bill Barr...

In momentous news, Barr has just appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut to investigate the origins of the FBI Trump/Russia probe “Crossfire Hurricane.” This means Barr suspects something criminal took place, as opposed to just bad policy or poor decision-making. It will be Durham's job to determine whether the government’s methods of collecting intelligence related to the 2016 Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate.”

The big questions that must be answered: Sure, we needed to look into Russia’s interference in our elections, but when and how did then-candidate Trump and his campaign get included in that? Was this political weaponization of the intelligence community? If so, how high did it go?


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Barr’s decision to appoint an investigator really shouldn’t surprise anyone who heard his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he made it clear that he was concerned about the spying (yes, SPYING) he knows took place; specifically, whether or not there was legal justification for it. It’s through this appointment that he’s going to find out. Durham joins U.S. Attorney John Huber in Utah, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Sen. Lindsay Graham of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are already looking into various aspects of this issue.

It occurs to me that it might be good that Barr appointed a U.S. attorney rather than a special counsel, as the latter can go on and on (as we have seen) and take years to issue a report.

But who is John Durham, and what does he bring to the table? We’re hearing the same sort of words that were used to describe Barr: “straight-shooter,” “professional,” “independent,” “a bulldog.” Ken Starr calls him “a brilliant choice...perhaps the most respected prosecutor in the United States...a really honest cop on the beat.” He’s a career agent; according to the Washington Times, he’s worked at the Justice Department since 1982, which may in itself not be so good. He investigated alleged improprieties at the CIA in 2008 –- the destruction of videotapes showing torture of terrorism suspects –- and that probe ended in 2010 with no charges being filed.

According to Karl Rove, “He is a tough guy. He took on the FBI who were protecting [mobster and informant] “Whitey” Bulger. He went after and convicted and sent to jail the governor of Connecticut, a Republican named John Rowland. He’s a straight arrow, and I think this is a great move by Attorney General Barr. Hard to criticize a guy who is apolitical and has served in Republican and Democratic administrations.”

One of our go-to legal experts, Andrew C. McCarthy, knows Durham well, and here’s what he told Shannon Bream on FOX News Monday night: “He’s a terrific lawyer, very accomplished prosecutor; I think he’s somebody who has a lot of respect from people on both sides of the aisle...He’s not a partisan guy; he’s a no-nonsense professional prosecutor. He’ll do a good job.”


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McCarthy said there are two levels of decision-making on an investigation such as the FBI’s to look into “Russia”: 1) Is there enough “smoke” to warrant investigating this, or at least to “kick [it] around a little bit?” and 2) Do we have enough evidence to warrant sending in informants, using the FISA court, or are we “pushing the envelope” too far in using those techniques? If there was justification for doing these things, McCarthy said, then the investigation will show that. Or it there wasn’t, it won’t.

Former FBI Director “Cardinal” James Comey may have a lot to answer for. Rod Rosenstein, for one, has already responded to Comey’s recent trashing of him as lacking in “strong character,”, accusing Comey of crossing lines he shouldn’t have. Since leaving his post as deputy attorney general, he’s quickly become outspoken; here’s a bit of what he said in Baltimore Monday night: “I do not blame the former director for being angry –- I would be, too, if I were in his shoes --- but now the former director seems to be acting as a partisan pundit, selling books, earning speaking fees, while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul. I kid you not. That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not the job of police and prosecutors. Generally we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”

Good one. Wow, his criticism of Comey sounds like something we would have said here (and essentially have).

Comey must really enjoy listening to his own voice on CNN, as he even trashed Barr. “It doesn’t make me happy to say this,” Comey said, “but I think he has lost most of his reputation with the way he’s conducted himself.”

Only on Planet Comey is this true. In fact, Comey really should be looking in a mirror when he says those words, because If anyone's reputation is shot, it's his own.  In contrast, Barr will go down as one of the few people in this story who were consummate professionals.


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Recall that it was Comey who signed the original FISA application to spy (yes, SPY) on Carter Page. We’ve just learned, through a memo sent to the FBI by State Department official Kathleen Kavalec, that information about Christopher Steele’s strong political motivations had been communicated to the FBI ten days before they used his dossier for that FISA application. Actually, Rosenstein signed off on the third renewal of that application, so he might be in some hot water, too.

Rep, John Ratcliffe of Texas, a former federal prosecutor, is calling specifically for an investigation of Comey as potentially violating the Espionage Act (you know, the law we know Hillary definitely did break). This would be for recording, in written notes, his conversation with President Trump in the Oval Office and then intentionally leaking that information –- by definition classified and not his property to share –- with someone who would, in turn, leak it to The New York Times and trigger a special counsel appointment. Ratcliffe said on Monday’s HANNITY that the FBI agents he talks with don’t use words like “proud” to describe their feelings about what has been going on with the Bureau --- more like “embarrassed” and “ashamed.”

According to Trey Gowdy, Lindsay Graham is trying to bring to light the INTERNAL FBI memos and “302” notes discussing Christopher Steele as a source. This is material that Gowdy has seen, plus Graham, Ratcliffe and that select group that has clearance to view it. He says that what will emerge about the FBI’s conduct is even worse than what we currently know. “In addition to the withholding of exculpatory evidence...they made NO EFFORT to corroborate the dossier until after it had been used in the application and a renewal...whoever’s investigating this, tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December of 2016.”

That sounds like a pretty big clue. I have a feeling John Durham is on it.

 

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  • Laura Smitherman

    08/09/2019 12:38 PM

    It is amazing to me how lies warp minds and become the perpetual truth to them.

  • Rhonda Stoneburner

    07/26/2019 05:27 PM

    I pray Barr will investigate and open up case again on Hillary. The Repu don't seem to take advantage of investigate and substance those Dems who break laws and hide their crimes. They need to put that guy to prison who started dossier along with crooked fbeye and Hillary for funding it. If Trump don't he will not see a change in Washington. They will not leave.

  • tom kehl

    05/29/2019 05:50 AM

    Why did not " Trey Gowdy, " do something about it when he had some power? Now " Trey Gowdy, " is talking ! WOW ! Maybe more should leave DC and start talking more ?

  • Linda Orf

    05/20/2019 06:52 AM

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Famous words and very appropriate here. These few dirty cops at the FBI and CIA love the power they have and fear losing it. President Trump was elected for many reasons but one that is appropriate here is “Drain the swamp”.
    I read several articles lately stating that both Clapper and Comey started out in the Communist Party! Go figure! Eagle Scout Comey a communist? Now it all begins to make sense. And when they are in an administration where the president (then Obama) stated in his own words that he intentionally surrounded himself with Marxists, even if Obama didn’t order these illegal spying activities, his ideology alone gave the wink and nod to perform them. I wonder how long it will take these rats, who are getting backed into a corner by the truth coming out to begin pointing fingers at the then president . I’m not sure their loyalty would go as far as not to point their fingers at him.
    One thing for sure, God will shine the light and darkness cannot stand in the light.
    Should be interesting during primary debates to see if Biden gets asked about what he knew and when he knew it...

  • Joe Wilkerson

    05/19/2019 11:05 PM

    Yes, I fully believe that 'Obama weaponized the FBI just as he did the IRS. If he sat on that stage and told that Russian diplomat that he could get along better with Putin after the elections, I do not put anything past him. What he did then was treason, plain and simple

  • John M. Gonser

    05/17/2019 05:30 PM

    Of course Russia attempted to interfere in our elections. And, in turn, we've attempted to interfere in the elections of many other countries, including Russia. This is standard operating procedure for the international community. But exactly how you interfere is the point. If a country spends money to support a candidate that might be well disposed toward them, than I think that is fair game. But if that interference goes beyond that and, say, peddles disinformation with the goal of overthrowing an election (or a country) then that is a bid too far and the offending country must be called out on it. In this current case, the Democrats have much to answer for because of the Obama Administration's meddling in several elections around the world, notably Israel, Honduras, Macedonia, and Lybia to name a few. As long as we are not very clean in this regard, we should try not to make such a partisan issue of it. And we should recognize the reality of international relations for what they are.

  • Annette Bates

    05/15/2019 01:53 AM

    Would the Democrats have spied on any Republican nominee or were they just that afraid of Donald Trump?

  • teresa dickerson

    05/14/2019 11:39 PM

    I am glad Barr is doing what he is doing. We hope this guy doesn't get bought off but Trump needs to get to work faster to clean the swamp. To me, they have all committed treason and should be hung. There is enough evidence. Esp. ObAMA AKA BARRY SOETORO AND THE CLINTONS AND GEORGE SOROS. Barr needs to go after these companies that are monopolizing too. I know that doesn't pertain to anything on this but it is a big concern.
    Know anything about the judicial system saying that they will enforce a new law to convict a president?

  • Philip Stel

    05/14/2019 11:01 PM

    I would like to hear your take on article in the Rolling Stone about the Pentagon budget and spending fiasco and waste and lack of accountability for decades.

  • Janine Simonetti

    05/14/2019 10:48 PM

    Could it possibly be true that those people who have caused this awful political atmosphere are finally going to be held accountable. If this can happen, hopefully we’ll be seeing Killary in handcuffs and tried for her discretions. She’s toxic.

  • Li Yu Chang

    05/14/2019 03:31 PM

    It seems like we are waiting for the 'Reverse Mueller Report' these days. That is waiting for the inspector generals report to be made public like the progressive loons waited for the Mueller report awhile back. With conservatives hoping it will be damaging to the hoax and coup conspirators. Just hope this one comes through as anticipated.

  • Patricia McMahon

    05/14/2019 03:28 PM

    It is time Comey's Chickens came home to roost. His sanctimony is growing to the point he may drown in it. I knew someone just like him. He was such a liar that if he told me 'water was wet' I'd
    double check to verify it. That guy eventually dug his 'own grave' professionally. It took a long while but eventually he was caught. Several times Hannity has suggested that Comey " use his
    right to remain silent". His arrogance is going to do some serious damage. He's worked for it, he's earned it,and no one is going to deprive him of it.

  • Kevin J Cook

    05/14/2019 03:11 PM

    There can be no doubt that Hussein and Hellary not only knew of the crimes but gave the green light to smear Trump and then attempted coup when their smear failed. The Enemedia needs to be criminally investigated too! If these traitors are not at least implicated in the crime then we are no longer free people

  • David Colonna

    05/14/2019 03:06 PM

    Finally and hopefully some good news for real justice and truth to come out. It truly saddens us all that this type of deep, deep state corruption was happening. Now all we can hope is justice will prevail here and those all involved will be prosecuted!

  • Oscar R Williams

    05/14/2019 02:42 PM

    What a bunch of pitiful infants who WILL NOT get their way. Comey will get thrashed. We'll eventually follow the crumbs (pun intended) to BHO. Some say he'll flee the U.S. All the little puppets of the "deep state" will be hanged, while the powers will be nervous, but for the moment, free. I truly hope some of the BIGGEST of these crooks end up in Guantanamo! For YEARS! God Guide President Trump and Mr. Barr to do His Will. God SAVE the United States! M.A.G.A.

  • Firewagon

    05/14/2019 02:35 PM

    ".... If so, how high did it go?" Page email to her consort Strzok stated: "POTUS wants to know everything we are doing." If that doesn't indicate that the Obama fingerprints are on this Shakespearian play, Alexandria Ocrazio-Cortex has already removed all the cows in Texas!

    You do gotta love AG Barr. He reminds me so much of Peter Falk's character in the TV program Columbo. Just as the bad guy thinks Columbo has nothing and is about to leave, Columbo stops, turns and says, "there is just one more thing:" 'I believe there was spying!' And, the bad guy/s know the jig is up....;)

  • Jerry Korba

    05/14/2019 02:21 PM

    If you smell a rotten smell the decay of decency starts at the top and it ferments all the way to the bottom. Obama's Cartel is tightly woven if one goes down the bunch will go with it. Obamas Administration was rotten all the way. From his non belief of Islamic Terrorist to his economic knowledge he knew how to keep the economy from booming we could go on how he wanted America to fail. Look at the house of Reps. and the garbage coming from within does anyone there care the leader the House is all in as a matter of fact she keeps Omar on the foreign relations committee is this the direction the country asked for so much hate how can you have peace with radicals like that making policy. Wake up people all this hate seeps into our public life I will not see it happen in its entirety but your grandkids will be left to deal with it do not be afraid to stand up against this ideology today, they will not stop. It started 10 years ago its a slow process it is picking up speed you have 2 for sure more to come. With a leader like Pelosi the more the merrier or you can feel comfort being hateful.

  • Robert McFate

    05/14/2019 01:55 PM

    It isn't the Russian interference, which was to be expected, that worries me but the DemonRATs using the government to try and destroy the opposition campaign. That is taken right out of Stalinist methods!

  • rodney burke

    05/14/2019 01:33 PM

    I just thought of something related to this story. How complicit was the ovomit and his cabinet to Russian interference? Since ovomit wanted to destroy America. Was he working with the (KGB) to carry out that aim? Was this gonna be a betrayal to Islam and THEN to communism? We know clearly that Valerie Jarrett wants to make us an Islamic nation. She needs to be executed for treason. If the ovomit knew of Russian interference from day one then that makes him a traitor. Or so it seems. h-m-m!

  • Zofia Dunian

    05/14/2019 01:33 PM

    Thank you, Sir fir your, as always, excellent comments! Two questions here:
    Was it ever investigated who was behind Christopher Steele, a foreign agent after all? British government? Russians? An international agency that stands for New World Order?
    Wasn’t that Team Muller job to start with an investigation of the origins of the FBI Trump/Russia probe?

  • Robert H. Reese

    05/14/2019 01:31 PM

    Governor,

    This comment may be a bit off subject, however, I am deeply concerned that there is a concerted effort being made to let time go by so the American public will forget about Uranium 1. We hear much about the investigation of the origins of the Mueller Report, which I believe has been too long in coming and is sorely needed. But, in my opinion, the treasonous sale of 20% of America's uranium source to Russia far outweighs all other valid and necessary investigations to expose what appears to be Communist infiltration into America's governmental operations.

    That being said, I beseech you to do all in your power to ensure Uranium 1 does not be forgotten or ignored.

    Sincere thanks for your support for our great president and our wonderful God-given country.

  • Sally Conley-Oyster

    05/14/2019 12:48 PM

    Why hasn't Hillary Clinton been locked up yet? That is beyond my comprehension.

  • stephen mitchell

    05/14/2019 12:43 PM

    We'll see what happens ! The "key " here , is there enough " smoke to warrant an investigation " .

  • Brig. Gen. (Retired) Thomas R Sprenger MD

    05/14/2019 12:41 PM

    Attorney General Barr's appointment of John Durham to investigate things appears to me to be a very good move. Mr. Durham does not appear to have allegiance to either the Republicans or the Democrats. That is refreshing to me.
    Having served as chairman and a member of my local school board I can understand the pressures that originate from one side and the other side.
    The stakes are high and Mr. Durham appears to be the man for the job.

  • Gary Viola

    05/14/2019 12:40 PM

    Trey Gowdy said on fox news that he should have a easy map to follow if so ,how would he know that and 2nd why did he follow it.Drain the swamp. i know i won't get a response about from you.