By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) In the shadows of the daily anti-Trump news cycle and against the backdrop of the president’s impeachment drama, a lone U.S. prosecutor continues his work to unravel details behind the most brazen coup attempt in the history of our country.
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U.S. Attorney John Durham, appointed by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Obama-era “Spygate” probe of the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump, is now conducting a criminal investigation, suggesting that he believes laws were violated.
Of course, that fact alone doesn’t automatically translate into indictments, as we’ve seen time and again when it comes to Justice Department decisions in the past to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for criminal mishandling of classified emails and James Comey for criminal violations of leaking sensitive materials.
And that’s going to be a very big problem in the future if the effort by Durham does not produce some tangible results like indictments and, hopefully, prison sentences for the guilty, investigative reporter and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter told Sean Hannity Friday night.
The network reported:
Investigative reporter Sarah Carter said Friday it will be hard to defend against flimsy investigations and violations of civil liberties if Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation doesn’t result in strong indictments.
Carter told “Hannity” that the known facts should help defend against a repeat of the FBI actions that ensnared former Trump campaign associate Carter Page and others during the 2016 campaign.
“The important thing to remember here is that even though Attorney General William Barr is going to have all of these new rules in place in an effort to avoid this happening in the future, I talked to sources today: Former senior FBI officials that say if there aren’t indictments — if people don’t actually pay the price for what happened here — which was an attempted coup, basically, on the president of the United States, and also just destroying the civil liberties of an American citizen, Carter Page, then what’s going to stop the next person?” she said.
It’s hard to argue with that, but Americans concerned with what Obama allowed his FBI and Justice Department to do — target the presidential campaign of a major party candidate — have little faith at this point that anything substantive is going to happen to the guilty.
Time and again “official Washington” has demonstrated there really are two systems of justice in America — one for the tiny elite and one for the rest of us. That said, there is evidence that Durham’s investigation is progressing, as we reported last month.
From her new perch at CBS News, ace national security and investigative reporter Cathrine Herridge reported late last week that Durham, appointed directly by Attorney General William Barr, was onto a “strong paper trail” of documents that surfaced in the first several months following the president’s inauguration in January of 2017.
As reported by fellow ace investigative correspondent Sara A. Carter, “The documents, which are being kept close hold, were hinted at by Attorney General William Barr in an interview he did with NBC in December and reported on by CBS News Friday.”
Carter notes that the documents “span a time period from January, 2017 until May 2017, just before the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
Barr has already hinted at the expansive nature of the Durham criminal probe. In June we noted:
The Justice Department on Monday announced that its probe into abuses of the FISA court and surveillance authorities by U.S. intelligence, federal law enforcement, and ‘third-party” non-governmental organizations against the 2016 Trump campaign have been expanded and are “broad,” as legal experts predicted convictions at the end of the process.
Attorney General William Barr pledged a ‘deep dive’ into what appear to be systemic abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court by ranking DoJ, FBI, and intelligence officials in the Obama administration, as his hand-picked U.S. attorney, Connecticut-based John Durham, casts a wider net.
“The review is broad in scope and multifaceted, and is intended to illuminate open questions regarding the activities of U.S. and foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals,” said Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
Around the same time, we noted that Durham had already met a number of times with Barr.
Time will tell. If anything, President Trump is shrewd and it could very well be he’s biding his time with this probe — and, perhaps, a separate Rudy Giuliani-led investigation into the Bidens, should those findings become politically ‘useful.’
But Carter’s assessment is the correct one, we believe: If the guilty get away with the coup attempt against Trump, there will be another one. And maybe that president won’t be nearly as strong as our current president.
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