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.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/13/john-durham-appointed-william-barr-investigate-rus/

 

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  • Mike Smith

    05/14/2019 12:34 PM

    Hi Governor,
    The section about "Cardinal" Comey trashing Mr Rosenstein reminds me that people who are caught doing something that they KNOW is wrong, are usually the type that complain the loudest and without anything to base it on.

    Mr Rosenstein's rebuttal seems to have plenty of teeth while the "Cardinal"'s trashing seems like puffery.

    I hope USA Durham is quick on his feet and accurate with his pursuits.

    We can hope that this is but the beginning of many such TRUE investigations that are long overdue.

  • Monty Gray

    05/14/2019 12:19 PM

    Hot Dam, it's about time. My only fear is everything they find will be watered down with political double talk and no one will be prosecuted or held accountable. I pray I'm wrong, but still grab your popcorn it's getting good.

  • Al Perrotta

    05/14/2019 11:45 AM

    Great Summary. But one point about Durham is missing. Glossed over his work on the Bulger case. He prosecuted and convicted FBI hot shots who had protected a criminal. And who was heading the Boston office at the time? Mr. Robert Mueller.
    If you are picking Durham you are sending a very clear shot that you mean business. You're aiming to prosecute FBI/DOJ hot shots who went after the president after protecting a criminal. (And Mueller's peeps are knee deep in it.)

    Oh, And Dunham is already confirmed to be investigating fmr FBI Chief Counsel James Baker's leaking. So Dunham has already been involved in this Russia Hoax nonsense for a long while.

    William Barr is not playing games. The bad guys know it. The selection of Dunham proves it.

  • Ed Gehringer

    05/14/2019 11:39 AM

    Good story, but John Rowland's name is misspelled.

  • Stephen Lentz

    05/14/2019 11:37 AM

    Forgive me but I will believe it when jackasses and rinos are convicted and in jail Until then how do you know Durham and the others are just more anti Trump RINOS??!! tray goody always has a big mouth BUT he never DOES ANYTHING to backup his constant BS rhetoric All he does is talk to feed his huge ego. AND I wonder how much of the $12 MILLION for the Benghazi "investigation" made it into HIS pocket for an "investigation" that did NOTHING

  • Lisa Ford

    05/14/2019 11:27 AM

    Democrats don't want truth, just confusion. By the way, what have they accomplished since power hungry Pelosi took over. And have you noticed how poorly she looks. All that anger & lying is catching up to her. It's showing. She looks terrible! Maybe the 2020 elections will show the fall of the democrats. One can always hope & pray we get rid of these liberals, that are opening the door to curses, no blessing. God gives us each the choice. Life or death. Blessings or curses. It's that simple. It's not political.

  • PRISCILLA KHWEIS

    05/14/2019 11:19 AM

    Thank goodness .we the people will finally get and see the TRUTH !!! ----THEY NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE !!! May GOD deal w/ those who set out to divide & destroy !!!

  • Kendra Strecker

    05/14/2019 11:16 AM

    Mike all I hope is that if there are people who committed crimes that they go to jail, no matter who they are, or what amount of money or influence they have in the political arena..

  • Dow Hurst

    05/14/2019 11:05 AM

    Mike,
    I'm sure Comey isn't sleeping well and is raising money for his defense... Hahahaha!
    Dow

  • Richard Payne

    05/14/2019 11:02 AM

    Wrongdoing at the highest level of the FBI and Justice Department. Congress bent on getting rid of a sitting president. Are you suggesting that the FISA Judges are pure as the driven snow? Look at all the judges who have put up roadblocks against this president trying to protect America. Why not the FISA judges also part of the deep state.

  • Rick Pasetto

    05/14/2019 10:15 AM

    Well said, sir! It is about time that those involved in deceiving the FISA court are investigated. One more thing:
    Investigation of the FISA court judge or judges who were "duped" by this also needs to be done.

  • Claude Paris

    05/14/2019 09:38 AM

    Go get them he could clean up a lot it trash in Washington lock as many up as you can!!!!!!!!