In a brilliantly devious move, Bill Barr is ensuring the Biden administration gets hounded by a Special Counsel the same way the president was by persecuted Robert Mueller. But this time, the charges are true.. Georgetown Law Professor Jonathan Turley explained yesterday in a piece in USA Today.
#Durham #NewEvidence READ: Letter to House + Senate Judiciary committees obtained @CBSNews AG Barr says he expected Durham to complete his criminal investigation by Summer 2020 but it was delayed due to COVID-19 + "additional evidence (Durham) uncovered." Barr said Special pic.twitter.com/Y4BPLyN0id
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) December 1, 2020
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Turley wrote, AG Bill Barr “declared that there was sufficient evidence to appoint United States Attorney John Durham as a Special Counsel on the origins of the Russia probe. The move confirmed that, in a chaotic and spinning political galaxy, Bill Barr remains the one fixed and immovable object. By appointing Durham as a Special Counsel, Barr contradicted news reports before the election that Durham was frustrated and found nothing of significance despite Barr’s pressure. Some of us expressed doubts over those reports since Durham asked for this investigation to be upgraded to a criminal matter, secured the criminal plea of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, and asked recently for over a thousand pages of classified intelligence material.” Can you say timebomb? Here’s payback boys.
“Under the Justice Department regulations, Barr had to find (and Durham apparently agreed) that there is need for additional criminal investigation and ‘[t]hat investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances.’ He must also find the appointment in the public interest. By converting Durham into a special counsel, Barr makes it harder to fire him. It is not uncommon for presidents to replace all U.S. Attorneys with political allies. Durham however is now a Special Counsel and his replacement or the termination of his investigation would be viewed as an obstructive act. Indeed, when Trump even suggested such a course of action, he was accused of obstruction by a host of Democratic politicians and legal experts.” The Democrats were all for keeping the Special Counsel safe from firing no matter what. Let’s see how they feel this time.
“The move also complicates the nomination of Sally Yates, who is widely cited as a front-runner for the position of Attorney General. Yates would be placed in an even more precarious position than Jeff Sessions who recused himself to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest at the start of the Trump administration. Yates has a clear and obvious conflict. She played a role in the earlier Russian investigation. That investigation was based in part on the ‘Steele dossier,’ a report by a former British spy which has been shown to be unreliable and flawed. American intelligence warned that Steele’s main source was a likely Russian agent and the dossier may have been used for Russian disinformation. While the Clinton campaign repeatedly denied funding the dossier during the election, reporters later showed that it lied after finding a money trail through Clinton’s campaign legal counsel.” Say goodbye to Yates. And this is only the beginning scenes of the Trump Empire Strikes Back. Stay tuned.