On the exact same day that the media confirmed that U.S. Attorney John Durham has begun investigating disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan’s role in disseminating the fraudulent Steele dossier, eleven of the most radical House Democrats signed a letter demanding he drop his “sham” investigation and resign.
Addressed to both Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr, the letter by radical Democrats such as Sheila Jackson Lee, Rashida Tlaib and Pramila Jayapal accused both men of being partisan hacks and derided the Russia predicate probe as a “sham.”
But that they’ve now begun targeting Durham — a renowned legal authority who’d performed work for the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations — is stunning.
Read the letter below:
They submitted the letter on Dec. 19, the same day that The New York Times confirmed that Durham “has begun examining the role of the former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan in how the intelligence community assessed Russia’s 2016 election interference.”
“[Durham] has requested Mr. Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A.,” the Times reported. “He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.”
According to the Times’ sources, Durham is also “examining whether Mr. Brennan privately contradicted his public comments, including May 2017 testimony to Congress, about both the dossier and about any debate among the intelligence agencies over their conclusions on Russia’s interference.”
It sounds like retired U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova may have been correct when he predicted last spring that Brennan would need at least “five” lawyers to defend himself once the lid blew off of the Russia “coup.”
The House Democrats letter about Durham began by accusing him of trying to undermine Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings regarding now-proven FISA abuse by the FBI.
“John Durham has also consistently attempted to undermine the legitimacy of the OIG report and the top law enforcement agencies in our country in the defense of Donald Trump,” the troop of radical Democrats wrote.
While Horowitz’s report outlined over a dozen “fundamental errors” that FBI officials committed during their probe of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, it stopped short of accusing the officials of having made these “errors” out of political bias.
Both Barr and Durham disagreed with this assessment, as did the president:
NEW: John Durham says they “do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” pic.twitter.com/GfKezyK9kV
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 9, 2019
Attorney General Bill Barr on damning IG Horowitz Report –
IG shows FBI “launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 9, 2019
And they did so justifiably, as it was never in Horowitz’ mandate to determine political bias. It was in his mandate only to determine whether the FISA process was flawed. The question of political bias has instead been left to Durham to investigate.
And this leads to the Democrats’ next complaint, which is that Durham has “opened his own sham investigation into the legitimate work of the FBI.”
“Mr. Durham spoke openly about the investigation as it was ongoing, and more damningly claims to have access to additional evidence not available to the Office of the Inspector General, further vandalizing the credibility of the OIG report,” they wrote.
“Mr. Barr, your course of conduct makes clear your allegiance is to Donald Trump over the Department of Justice and American people that you serve,” the letter concludes. ” You are unfit to hold the position of Attorney General and your dedication to eroding public trust in our legal systems represents the antithesis of what a Justice Department official should be.”
“Mr. Durham is equally as complicit in this mission and together your actions demonstrate that neither of you possess the integrity necessary to serve in the Department of Justice.”
These radical Democrats aren’t the only ones upset over Durham doing his job.
“I find this troubling and I suspect many inside the intelligence community do as well,” retired CIA operative John Sipher whined to Politico this week in regard to Durham’s new focus on Brennan. “[The probe] was initiated and sold in a partisan manner and this news only highlights that concern.”
Judging by his Twitter feed, Sipher is a far-left zealot. One who, ironically enough, thinks that the president is a “whiner” …
Everyone’s a victim. Everyone has someone to blame. How not to lead. https://t.co/rxJJp0ebYM
— John Sipher (@john_sipher) December 27, 2019
And one who, not surprisingly enough, has been one of the intelligence community’s staunchest defenders throughout the Russia probe.
Back in 2017, for instance, he claimed that the Steele dossier would never be used as part of an official report:
There’s garden-variety dumb, there’s paint chip-eating stupid, and then there’s this. https://t.co/OxokIIg84Y
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 13, 2019
Two years later, Horowitz’s findings have proven that claim to be 100 percent false. What remains to be seen is what other claims will be proven false once Durham completes his own so-called “sham” investigation.
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