On Further Review, Some Seditious Russiagate Plotters’ Heads Will Roll
Many voters have been rightly skeptical of the idea that any of the Obama administration’s coup plotters will face real consequences for their criminal acts of sedition against President Donald Trump. The Swamp in DC has a well-established track record of protecting its own.
A certain FBI agent and later Director named James Comey failed to prosecute Hillary Clinton for obvious crimes – twice in the 1990s and again, spectacularly in 2016.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to arrest a single government official over former Attorney General Eric Holder’s Operation Fast & Furious, in which a US Border Patrol agent was murdered along with dozens of victims in the Bataclan nightclub massacre in Paris.
This doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the American people who are asking for “justice.”
Likewise, the House Select Committee on Benghazi “investigated” the disastrous events in Libya, sparked by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the end of the investigation, the committee… issued a report. Whoopee.
Short of a strongly worded letter from the United Nations, it’s difficult to think of a more impotent response to criminal acts.
When the American people say we want “consequences” for criminal acts in DC, DC usually responds by giving a criminal bureaucrat a single poor performance review, followed by full retirement benefits at $130,000 per year.
But something feels different about the Russiagate situation, and not just because Attorney General Bill Barr said that he was going to get to the bottom of the FBI spying (illegally) on the Trump campaign. Leftists in Congress and the media are figuratively wetting their pants over this. That’s not normal.
Now it turns out that Barr has assigned US Attorney John Durham to investigate the Russiagate spying abuses. This is significant and scary for the Russiagate coup plotters.
Durham appears to be a genuine criminal prosecutor and not a standard DC insider. His track record includes sending corrupt FBI agents to prison for helping mob boss Whitey Bulger evade justice for decades. He’s not a slap-on-the-wrist kind of guy when it comes to government corruption.
And as is often the case in DC, there’s something going on behind the scenes for months that the public has been unaware of. That something is why Democrats on Capitol Hill rushed to find Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress on a laughable charge of following the law.
John Durham has already been conducting a criminal investigation against the Russia coup plotters. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) has been releasing transcripts of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ testimony from last year, when Republicans controlled the House and questioned central figures in the coup like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce and Nellie Ohr.
Real Clear Politics noticed a bombshell buried in the transcript of former FBI counsel James Baker’s testimony. Baker is a longtime personal friend of David Corn, the leftist editor of Mother Jones magazine.
Baker brought his personal criminal attorney along with him for the House testimony. Nothing unusual about that; you’d probably want an attorney present if the House interrogated you for any reason as well, right?
But Baker’s attorney jumps in and abruptly prevents his client from answering any questions when the discussion turns to Baker leaking details of an FBI investigation to the editor of Mother Jones. Here’s the exchange:
Dan Levin (Baker’s Attorney): “I will not let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a… criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “You’re saying he’s under criminal investigation? That’s why you’re not letting him answer?”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): “There is an ongoing investigation by whom?”
Levin: “The Justice Department.”
Rep. Jordan: “I mean, is the inspector general looking at this or—”
Levin: “No. It’s Mr. John Durham, a prosecutor.”
The rest of the transcript is littered with interruptions from Baker’s lawyer, who would not allow his client to answer questions due to an ongoing criminal investigation.
18 USC 798 says that leaking classified information – which the Steele dossier would have been as part of a counterintelligence operation in 2016, despite its phony nature – carries up to a 10-year prison sentence.
Baker is probably going down for leaking to Mother Jones. And because Durham has been looking at the case for the past seven months without anyone knowing about it, I’m starting to lean more toward the possibility that some heads actually will roll in DC this time.