By J. D. Heyes
For nearly two years, supporters of POTUS Donald Trump watched as he and his administration were hamstrung by a bogus â€œRussian collusionâ€ investigation that was amplified by the fake news â€œmainstream mediaâ€ as well as Democrats in Congress.
For just as long, Trump supporters grew frustrated and angry at then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from â€˜all things Russiaâ€™ very early in his tenure, which then allowed former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller.
But Sessions is gone now, replaced by William Barr, himself a Washington insider and former attorney general who, it appears, has far more regard for reinstating the rule of law and trust in governing institutions that was utterly destroyed after eight years of rule by Barack Obama.
Indeed, Barr seems far more concerned about rebuilding trust in the Justice Department and the FBI than he does maintaining his membership within Washingtonâ€™s elite establishment. That helps explain his aggressiveness in probing how the Russian collusion and â€œSpygateâ€ investigations began in the first place, what rules were violated in the process, and who is responsible.
And the swamp rats whose names are now inextricably linked to the scandals are obviously feeling some heat because it sure seems like theyâ€™re beginning to turn on each other.Â
AsÂ The National SentinelÂ reported Wednesday, former CIA Director John Brennan, long believed to be one of the masterminds of both scandals, has once again began to deny that he had anything at all to do with inserting the infamous â€œSteele dossierâ€ into an intelligence brief that then-FBI Director James Comey gave to then-President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017.
Brennan said so in April and again this week, according toÂ Fox NewsÂ national security correspondent Catherine Herridge; Brennan says that it was Comeyâ€™s idea to put the dossier in the intel brief (even though, as we have since learned, everybody knew it was biased political opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and commissioned by Fusion GPS).Â
Former GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, toldÂ Fox Newsâ€™ Martha McCallum that â€œsometimes in the courtroom when two people are blaming each other, theyâ€™reÂ bothÂ right.â€Â However, he noted, the truth of the matter would be pretty easy to sort out; the U.S. attorney and corruption specialistÂ Barr appointed to look into all of thisÂ â€” John Durham of Connecticut â€” could do so with little effort, Gowdy noted.
â€œWhat Iâ€™m telling Mr. Durham or whoever is going to look into this is, I think youâ€™ll see late in (December) 2016, well after it had been used, it was still unverified and the people responsible for it were referring to it as unverified and one or the other demanded that it be included in the intelligence assessment which then prompted the discussion you and I are having now,â€ Gowdy said.
For his part, Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee who was very deeply involved in Congressâ€™ effort to probe Spygate, said he has seen the Comey-Brennan email and, based on that, Comey has â€œa better argument than Brennan.â€
â€œ[Justice Department Inspector General Michael] Horowitz doesnâ€™t have access to the grand jury, he doesnâ€™t have access to former employees. Heâ€™s a wonderful investigator but heâ€™s only as good as the tools heâ€™s given,â€ Gowdy explained. But Durham does, making his the â€œA-1 investigation.â€
The rats are already beginning to look for life rafts. There are so many cracks and holes in the various stories told and testimony given by the various actors involved in the scheme that there is bound to be some indictments this time.
And frankly, it would be about time.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.