Well, I guess they had us all fooled when they appointed John Durham, the former United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, as Special Counsel for the Department of Justice to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.
Durham was billed as this “bulldog” of an investigator, who was going to get to the bottom of it all, and start dishing out some justice.
Like I said, I guess we all fell for it once again.
Stupid us, thinking some of these treasonous “swamp” vermin would finally pay the price for their actions.
Thomas Barrabi of Fox News reports, “Donald Trump mockingly wondered if Special Counsel John Durham is still alive, as the prosecutor’s probe drags on into the origins of the FBI’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation of his 2016 campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.”
“Durham has been probing the matter for about two years and was officially appointed a ‘special counsel’ by former Attorney General Barr last October. Trump has long referred to the FBI’s Russia investigation as a ‘hoax’ and has been hoping to see more results from Durham’s investigation.”
‘“Where’s Durham? Is he a living, breathing human being? Will there ever be a Durham report?’ Trump said in a statement.”
Oh, he’s living and breathing alright…, but is a “swamp donkey” technically classified as a “human being?”
I guess he would be.
“Trump has accused FBI officials of improper conduct during their investigation.”
And former President Trump has been proven to be right on almost all of his assertions.
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence to prove collusion between members of the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.”
Mueller’s “evidence” was not only “insufficient,” it was non-existent!
You know if Mueller and his hit squad could have found ANYTHING, they would have ran with it.
In a report from February 2, 2021, Brooke Singman of Fox News reports that, “Attorney General Bill Barr says Special Counsel John Durham is ‘making good progress’ in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.”
“Good progress,” in Barr’s eyes, apparently means no progress.
“Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation is largely focused on the activities of the FBI as he reviews the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, Fox News has learned, but sources familiar with the investigation said the prosecution of high-level FBI officials, like former Director James Comey, is ‘unlikely.’”
It’s “unlikely” because “swamp donkeys,” like James Comey, are not held to the same legal standards as someone like General Flynn, for example.
“Sources told Fox News that the investigation is ongoing and Durham completed the CIA portion of his investigation last year — and has now shifted his focus to activities of the FBI.”
“Durham’s investigation has produced one criminal charge so far, against former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who was accused of altering an email related to the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. That prosecution, though, did not allege a broader conspiracy within the FBI, and the conduct it involved had largely been laid out in a Justice Department inspector general report from last December.”
“Clinesmith in August pleaded guilty to making a false statement to Durham’s team. The offense carried a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.”
“Last week, Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service, and no fine.”
What an absolute joke.
Just to be clear, any of us “non-swampers” out here would be sitting in jail right now.
In an article for Law.com, C. Ryan Barber, January 29, 2021, reported that, “U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia said he believed the former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, did not knowingly insert an inaccuracy into the email to mislead a secretive surveillance court as it considered extending the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”
“Boasberg, a 2011 appointee to the federal trial court in Washington, [this means he’s a verified “swamp rat”] said his review of the evidence against Clinesmith suggested the former FBI lawyer’s conduct was an ‘inappropriate shortcut’ to save him work. ‘But I don’t believe he was attempting to achieve an end he knew was wrong,’ Boasberg said.”
You know, the last time I got a ticket for speeding, I wasn’t intentionally trying to break the law either!
Do you think I’d have a case if I appealed my ticket to Boasberg’s court?
“Still, Boasberg said Clinesmith’s conduct had struck at the ‘very core of what the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court)] fundamentally relies on,’ namely candor and accuracy from the government, in reviewing applications for national security wiretaps.”
So, even so, we’re going to overlook all of that.
Singman continues, “The Justice Department relied on Clinesmith’s assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to surveil Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA].
“Durham’s investigation began in May 2019, shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his years-long investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.”
“Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.”
Although, the truth be told, they never really expected to find any “evidence” of Russian collusion, since they were the ones who made that whole thing up!
They were really just hoping to uncover, something, anything, to tie to President Trump…, and they couldn’t even do that.
“Meanwhile, in December, Durham expanded his team, adding new prosecutors, after former Attorney General Bill Barr appointed him in October as special counsel to ensure he could continue his investigation during the Biden Administration.”
“In the scope order, obtained by Fox News, Barr stated that Durham ‘is authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.’”
Is that supposed to make us all feel better about Durham’s “investigation?”
“Under U.S. code, the special counsel would produce a ‘confidential report’ and is ordered to ‘submit to the Attorney General a final report, and such interim reports as he deems appropriate in a form that will permit public dissemination.’”
And what’s with all of these secret “confidential reports?”
In case any of you people have forgotten, you work for the American people, and we pay the bills.
Hiding the findings of your reports behind “national security” is etting pretty old.
We know the only “security” you’re protecting is your own.
“As for Comey, the former FBI director last year said Durham’s probe was not concerning for him.”
‘“I have had no contact with him and haven’t talked to him,’ Comey told CBS News’ ‘Face the Nation’ in August. ‘I can’t imagine that I’m a target.’”
That’s funny, because I can’t imagine you wouldn’t be!
“A spokesman for Comey did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.”
Again, that’s odd.
“Also, over the summer, Durham’s team questioned former CIA Director John Brennan for some eight hours at CIA headquarters. Brennan later said through a spokesman he was assured he was ‘not a target.’”
“Brennan, in December, during an appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ said he had no problem with Durham’s investigation continuing into 2021.”
‘“I think that is fine, I have no problems with it,’ Brennan said, adding that he has already sat down with Durham’s team for eight hours. ‘I do believe that John Durham is going to carry out his responsibilities ably and hopefully not with any political influence.’”
Sooo, Brennan hopes Durham’s investigation isn’t like Mueller’s investigation?
These “swamp monsters” really crack me up.
Barrabi continues, “Durham and other U.S. attorneys who served under the Trump administration were asked to resign earlier this year after Biden entered the White House. Durham stepped down from his post as U.S. attorney for Connecticut but retained his status as special counsel for purposes of his ‘RussiaGate’ probe.”
President Biden has pledged not to interfere with Justice Department investigations.
Excuse us, Illegitimate Joe, if your “pledge” means nothing to us, based on the rest of your “pledges.”
“Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee published a five-part report detailing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Officials said some of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials were a ‘grave counterintelligence threat,’ but ‘found no evidence’ that Trump or members of his campaign colluded with Russia.”
There’s that annoying “but found no evidence” acknowledgement again.
“The committee also determined that FBI officials gave ‘unjustified credence’ to allegations levied in the infamous Steele dossier, an unverified report compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Is it really a case of “unjustified credence” when it was they who concocted the whole treasonous scenario in the first place?
Now that Illegitimate joe is in office, with Merrick Garland as the Attorney General, we shouldn’t expect any of these “investigations” to produce anything.
I’m sorry, former President Trump, you may have to wait until 2022, or 2024, when you’re re-elected.
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