Investigating the Investigators: Durham To Unleash on Obama Era Officials?
Let’s see just how former Obama era administrators and officials handle the spotlight when the beloved “Russia ties” are turned on them. As U.S. Attorney John Durham begins his probe into the “handling of the Russian investigation” since it has risen to the level of a criminal inquiry, he is “focused on a timeline spanning from the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election through the spring of 2017” reports Fox News. Former FBI special agent Peter Strzok will likely be seen as “another key figure.”
On July 31, 2016, it was Strzok who officially opened the FBI’s initial Russia investigation. “politically charged” text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page have been reviewed. Strzok also served on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to investigation the “Russian meddling” and “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections. “Strzok’s role has also come under question regarding the original interview of former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to giving false statements concerning his discussions with Russia’s ambassador.”
Now that it is officially a criminal inquiry, Durham will be able to “subpoena witnesses, file charges and impanel grand juries” reports Fox News. When Democrats couldn’t find any Russia collusion despite years of investigation they have now turned to a far-reaching Ukraine phone call. The call itself was not damning, therefore Democrats are issuing subpoenas in hopes of finding any evidence in addition to, or surrounding the call.
Democrats failed with the Russia probe, and hopefully they will soon regret any and all attempts to tie Trump’s election with Russia, as the magnifying glass is now centered over them. A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News “You do not impanel a grand jury at this point unless you are going to indict…Durham is at a point where he knows he has crimes and now the question is how many people were involved and they have a pretty good idea of that group of people and what the charges can be and whether or not they can get some cooperators.”
Pretty telling. Somewhere Durham is so confident in having found criminal activity that he refuses to let the Russia probe die after Democrats failed to find a Trump-Russia collusion scenario. A source spoke with Fox News and alluded to the fact that things might just start heating up. The source said that “Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s forthcoming report, which will focus on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in connection with the early stages of the Russia probe, will shed light on why Durham’s investigation has become a criminal inquiry.”
This is not the first time we have heard this narrative. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity has been saying on his radio and television shows, as well as at the Politicon convention in Nashville this past week, that once the information goes public, we won’t believe the injustices that occurred.
Democrats immediately went on the defensive, a position they generally tend to put Republicans in, once the Durham investigation became known. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrod Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-CA) said in a joint statement “if the Department of Justice may be used as a tool of political retribution or to help the President with a political narrative for the next election, the rule of law will suffer new and irreparable damage.” Isn’t that rich coming from Democrats who open an impeachment inquiry before before the transcript of the phone call in question is even released; and conveniently after their attempts to show collusion with Russia during the presidential elections failed miserably.
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