By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who ran the Justice Department like it was a division of the Democrat Party instead of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday that could certainly be seen as a threat to U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to honor lawful subpoenas for information about the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal but was let off the hook by a federal judge Obama appointed, claimed that current AG William Barr is “unfit” to hold his office because he dared to disagree with some of DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s conclusions in his just-released report on the FBI’s FISA abuses.
Namely, that Horowitz found ‘no political bias’ in the FBI’s pursuit of surveillance warrants against a member of the 2016 Trump campaign.
Of course, there was bias. We’ve all read the texts between fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, both of whom were neck-deep in Spygate.
Nevertheless, Holder also made what sure seems like a thinly-veiled threat against Durham, and frankly, it’s chilling.
â€¦As a former line prosecutor, U.S. attorney and judge, I found it alarming to hear Barr comment on an ongoing investigation, led by John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, into the origins of the Russia probe. And as someone who spent six years in the office Barr now occupies, it was infuriating to watch him publicly undermine an independent inspector general report â€” based on an exhaustive review of the FBIâ€™s conduct â€” using partisan talking points bearing no resemblance to the facts his own department has uncovered.
When appropriate and justified, it is the attorney generalâ€™s duty to support Justice Department components, ensure their integrity and insulate them from political pressures. His or her ultimate loyalty is not to the president personally, nor even to the executive branch, but to the people â€” and the Constitution â€” of the United States.
[What a liar; he was Obama’s protector against allegations of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ once claiming to be the former president’s “wingman.”]
Career public servants at every level of the Justice Department understand this â€” as do leaders such as FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Their fidelity to the law and their conduct under pressure are a credit to them and the institutions they serve.
Others, like Durham, are being tested by this moment. Iâ€™ve been proud to know John for at least a decade, but I was troubled by his unusual statement disputing the inspector generalâ€™s findings. Good reputations are hard-won in the legal profession, but they are fragile; anyone in Durhamâ€™s shoes would do well to remember that, in dealing with this administration, many reputations have been irrevocably lost.
The threat wasn’t lost on Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.).
Did Eric Holder obstruct justice in this threat to US Atty Durham?
“Good reputations are hard-won in the legal profession, but they are fragile; anyone in Durham’s shoes would do well to remember …” https://t.co/VVdWQ368K5
— Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) December 12, 2019
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Why so chilling? When taken in the context of an observation made by Rush Limbaugh during his program Wednesday — that if Barr and Durham don’t get their criminal investigation of the Spygate probe right “these guys are dead” — Holder’s op-ed is clearly more than just projection and posturing.
It’s a clearÂ warning.
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