Swecker says he's confident his old colleague Durham has uncovered crimes. And the lack of media leaks coming from Durham's office is a telltale sign he is building a serious corruption case.t.co/DL0yeJmLz9
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 10, 2020
While much speculation inside the Beltway says U.S. Attorney John Durham will punt the results of his so-called Spygate investigation past the election to avoid charges of political interference, sources who have worked with Durham on past public corruption cases doubt he’ll bend to political pressure — and they expect him to drop bombshells before Labor Day.
Durham’s boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, also pushed back on the notion his hand-picked investigator would defer action. Under Democratic questioning on Capitol Hill last week, he refused to rule out a pre-election release.
“Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?” Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) asked Barr, citing longstanding Justice Department policy not to announce new developments in politically sensitive cases before an election.
“No,” the attorney general curtly replied.
Justice Department policy prohibits prosecutors from taking overt steps in politically charged cases typically within 60 days of an election. Accordingly, Durham would have to make a move by the Friday before Labor Day, or Sept. 4.
THIS COULD BE BIG: GOP Senator Subpoenas FBI Director Christopher Wray for Obamagate Docs.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) has issued the first subpoena of his Senate probe into the origins of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, a key aspect of the Obamagate scandal. He demanded documents from FBI Director Christopher Wray in a Thursday subpoena.
“Pursuant to lawful authority, YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS of the Senate of the United States, on August 20, 2020, at 5:00 o’clock p.m. … to produce all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” the subpoena, published by Politico, demands.
“Crossfire Hurricane” refers to the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign on the false premise that Trump or his associates were working with Russia to undermine the 2016 election. Mueller expanded that investigation in May 2017.
Johnson explained his basis for the subpoenas in a letter Monday. His investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, the unmasking of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign, and allegations of political corruption in the Intelligence Community began on June 4. “Two months later, after patiently trying to work with these agencies and individuals on a voluntary basis, I have decided to begin issuing subpoenas primarily because of my strong belief that transparency in government is essential and that the American people have waited too long for the truth,” Johnson wrote.