The political scenario Democrats have been fearing has just become a reality and those hidden demons locked away within the deep caverns of the progressive swamp will finally see the light of day.
As Fox News revealed on Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr has assigned John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct an investigation into the alleged improper government surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 Presidential election.
Sources familiar with the process revealed that Durham has been on the case reviewing documents “for weeks.” Barr has already outlined the scope of the investigation assigned to him focusing on the period before November 7th, 2016 — including the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (commonly referenced within the media as the FISA warrants.)
Barr had promised last month to review the “conduct” of the FBI and how they conducted their investigation regarding the organ of the Russia probe, which later turned out to be a hoax.
Sources have described Durham as a no-nonsense “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, who as put both Democrats and Republicans away.
House Democrats were perhaps hoping that Barr would not pursue President Trump’s call for an investigation as to the origin of the Russian collusion hoax after Mueller presented his findings of “no collusion.” However, their hopes were dashed when the Attorney General announced on April 9th that “I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016.”
That same day, Fox News learned that Barr had assembled a “team” of investigators to probe the origins of the investigation and that Durham was a vital part of that team.
Durham like Barr has an impeccable reputation as an honest cop previously investigating law enforcement corruption, which has included prosecuting both CIA officials and FBI agents within several different administrations.
He previously investigated the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters. He is set to continue serving as the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut, along with his new assignment.
In January, both House Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows reached out to the chief federal prosecutor, saying that they had “discovered” that Durham’s office was “investigating former FBI General Counsel James Baker” for unauthorized disclosures to the media.”
Durham’s investigation of Baker would actually supplement the ongoing probe by the Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz. Who is currently also been tasked with investigating the potential surveillance abuses by the FBI, including the alleged egregious act of “signing-off” on FISA warrants by former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and former Attorney General Sally Yates, against Carter Page, a little known campaign adviser for President Trump.
Reports suggest that Horowitz is also close to concluding his inquiry into the genesis of the Russia probe. The report said Horowitz’s team has also questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.
Durham was nominated by President Trump in 2017, as the chief federal prosecutor for Connecticut, and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982; he has conducted special investigations under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
In 1999 then-Attorney General Janet Reno assigned Durham to investigate alleged malfeasance within the FBI concerning the agency’s handling of notorious informant crime boss James (Whitey) Bulger.
In another high profile case, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in 2008 assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the CIA’s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects.