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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:53 AM

Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry
Adam Goldman, Charlie Savage and Michael S. Schmidt
05/13/2019
The New York Times

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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.

The department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is separately examining investigators' use of wiretap applications and informants and whether any political bias against Mr. Trump influenced investigative decisions. And John W. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, has been reviewing aspects of the Russia investigation. His findings have not been announced.

Additionally on Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he, too, intends to review aspects of law enforcement's work in the coming months. And Republicans conducted their own inquiries when they controlled the House, including publicizing details of the F.B.I.'s wiretap use.

Thomas Carson, a spokesman for Mr. Durham's office, declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for the Justice Department. "I do have people in the department helping me review the activities over the summer of 2016," Mr. Barr said in congressional testimony on May 1, without elaborating.

Mr. Durham, who was nominated by Mr. Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982, has conducted special investigations under administrations of both parties. Attorney General Janet Reno asked Mr. Durham in 1999 to investigate the F.B.I.'s handling of a notorious informant: the organized crime leader James (Whitey) Bulger.

In 2008, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects. A year later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded Mr. Durham's mandate to also examine whether the agency broke any laws in its abuses of detainees in its custody.

Mr. Barr has signaled his concerns about the Russia investigation during congressional testimony, particularly the surveillance of Trump associates. "I think spying did occur," he said. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I'm not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. But I need to explore that."

His use of the term "spying" to describe court-authorized surveillance aimed at understanding a foreign government's interference in the election touched off criticism that he was echoing politically charged accusations by Mr. Trump and his Republican allies that the F.B.I. unfairly targeted the Trump campaign.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:22 AM

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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.


Oh noes! Don't want to anger the law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful! The very people who were in the loop if not orchestrated the twice failed coup.
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 09:13 AM

If it was lawful they should have no worries about someone confirming it.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:15 AM

And this is why the vote for contempt, and the calls to jail Barr. They know what they did, and they know where the trail leads.

Get the following people on the stand and get them to testify under oath about what they know:

Former Director Comey
Former Assistant AG Rosenstein
Former Deputy Director McCabe
Former Agent Strzok
Former Agent Page
House Intelegence Chair Adam Shiff

inteview everyone that leaked information to the media in the report. And question members of the media who leaked information and threaten them with jail time.

Let's see how they like it, when the shoe is on the other foot!
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:39 AM

View PostTabla_Man, on 14 May 2019 - 11:15 AM, said:

And this is why the vote for contempt, and the calls to jail Barr. They know what they did, and they know where the trail leads.

Get the following people on the stand and get them to testify under oath about what they know:

Former Director Comey
Former Assistant AG Rosenstein
Former Deputy Director McCabe
Former Agent Strzok
Former Agent Page
House Intelegence Chair Adam Shiff

inteview everyone that leaked information to the media in the report. And question members of the media who leaked information and threaten them with jail time.

Let's see how they like it, when the shoe is on the other foot!


I have to admit that Schiffty has a lot of chutzpah for accusing Don Jr. of Russian collusion in the Trump Tower when there is actual audio of Schiffty himself trying to use "Russians" to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. Why the frick isn't Schiffty being charged with collusion?


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 12:23 PM

View PostTabla_Man, on 14 May 2019 - 11:15 AM, said:

And this is why the vote for contempt, and the calls to jail Barr. They know what they did, and they know where the trail leads.

Get the following people on the stand and get them to testify under oath about what they know:

Former Director Comey
Former Assistant AG Rosenstein
Former Deputy Director McCabe
Former Agent Strzok
Former Agent Page
House Intelegence Chair Adam Shiff

inteview everyone that leaked information to the media in the report. And question members of the media who leaked information and threaten them with jail time.

Let's see how they like it, when the shoe is on the other foot!

And their testimony should be acquired the same way the Romans did with slaves. A slave's testimony was inadmissible in court if it was not obtained using torture. Works for me.
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:11 PM

I heard Gregg Jarrett, a tiger about going after FBI wrongdoing, say that he knows John Durham well and that he thinks he's a great choice to clean house.
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:19 PM

View PostSeverian, on 14 May 2019 - 12:23 PM, said:

And their testimony should be acquired the same way the Romans did with slaves. A slave's testimony was inadmissible in court if it was not obtained using torture. Works for me.

Water boarding would be okay for me.
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:29 PM

View Postzurg, on 14 May 2019 - 06:19 PM, said:

Water boarding would be okay for me.

As long as it's televised...
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