William Barr dropped the hammer on Obama and no one knows what will happen next
Attorney General William Barr made one of the biggest announcements of his tenure running the Justice Department.
Now that the Mueller probe is in the rearview mirror Barr can finally turn his attention to how the Obama administration and the FBI began this mess.
And William Barr just dropped the hammer on Barack Obama and no one knows what will happen next.
On Monday night, Barr made a bombshell announcement that he appointed federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate how the FBI began the Russia Probe.
The New York Times reports:
Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.
John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.
His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia’s election interference and Trump associates.
Many Americans do not believe the FBI’s story that George Papadopoulos’s confession to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer was the true origin of the Russia Probe.
Critics contend the investigation began prior to the official opening on July 31 and was kicked off due to the fake news dossier compiled by Christopher Steele that accused four members of the Trump campaign – none of whom were Papadopoulos – of colluding with the Russians.
As evidence, they point to the fact that the FBI did not obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Papadopoulos but instead listened in on the phone calls of Carter Page – whom Steele named as one of the key conspirators in Russia’s plot to help Trump win the 2016 election.
The media howled in protest about this investigation, but it gives Americans a chance to achieve full closure on one on the most poisonous issues in American political history.