US Attorney John Durham is shifting gears. His inquiry into the DOJ and US Intelligence apparatus concerning their handling of an investigation into Mr. Trump is now a criminal investigation.
“The move gives the prosecutor running it, John H. Durham, the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to impanel a grand jury and to file criminal charges.”
As I understand it, this is how the DOJ and FBI should have handled the investigation that got them investigated. You get a tip. You vet the source and the evidence. If neither is reliable and no further evidence supports the claim, it’s nothing.
Years and tens of millions later, we know that is precisely what Steele and his Clinton oppo-research amounted too. But the FBI took that “lead,” and instead of vetting, verifying, and dumping it they jumped right into a full-blown operation. One they gave legs by leaking to the press and then pointing to the media they leaked as proof of confirmation.
John Durham has been looking at and chatting with key figures involved in that investigation all year. Reviewing files, collecting voluntary testimony, and accumulating pieces to this strange puzzle. After many months and long hours, he believes he has enough to open a criminal investigation.
There’s some there-there.
That’s the proper way to proceed. Attorney John Durham (unlike Strzok, Page, McCabe, Comey, and company), has followed DOJ protocol. We should expect that to continue. No messy leaks or breaking news. Not until something actually is news. Something with evidence behind it.
So, at this point, John Brennan, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and others may find themselves subject to the full investigative force of the Department of Justice, which they abused and misused for media headlines and a Left-Wing, Deep-State political vendetta.
RussiaGate and over two dozen lawyers were harassing people full time for years produced the nothingburger that was the Mueller Report. A document Mr. Mueller never wrote or probably even read based on his testimony. But then, his job was to keep it open to generate leaks for the media to smear Trump and if anything else came of it, great.
Durham, on the other hand, is charged with investigating how their investigation was conducted. His job is to find facts that implicate actual wrongdoing. And he has reached a point in his inquiry where it appears that crimes were committed that involve members of the DOJ, FBI, related political candidates, and even members of the media.
It is necessary to take the next formal step in the pursuit of answers.
Everybody Lawyer up! The next 12 months will be very interesting for Democrats. Assuming the Clintons don’t arrange for John Durham to have an unfortunate car accident or “commit suicide.”