For well over a year now, the Durham investigation has been pumped up as the coming justice for a lot of bad characters involved in the government’s Trump-Russia travesty. Any hope that figures like John Brennan, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe would pay a price for their illegal FISA warrants, lying, and targeting of Donald Trump rested on Durham doing his job. “Trust the plan” became a mantra among some on the right, with the idea being that the hammer was always just around the corner.
Unfortunately, it appears Durham successfully ran out the clock. What many have suspected for a long time appears to be true, namely that no one will be held accountable for the corruption of the Trump-Russia investigation. The Federalist, who has covered this saga better than any other news outlet out there, is now reporting that Durham is looking to close up shop, fearing that an incoming Biden administration will retaliate.
The Federalist’s Sean Davis reports that the investigation into a treacherous spying operation on Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency is being dropped.
A source familiar with Durham’s ongoing investigation of the bogus Russian collusion operation tells @FDRLST: “Durham isn’t doing anything. Dropping his investigations. He’s worried about blowback from Biden. What an absolute disgrace.”
Keep in mind that Durham had a near open and shut case against Andrew McCabe, who had admitted multiple times to having lied to the FBI. Instead of pursing that, the DOJ decided not to prosecute. They also failed to act on a criminal referral of James Comey. In the end, the bureaucracy made sure to protect the bureaucracy. This was always about saving face for these agencies, not actually seeking justice.
For many of us this isn’t a surprise. I sourced on Durham a long time ago, seeing the constant excuses for why he hadn’t delivered yet as making less and less sense as time went on. I know a lot of RedState’s readers were in the same place, though there was perhaps some twinkle of hope that things would shift.
Worse, it appears that none of this is happening because Durham didn’t find anything. According to Sean Davis, he has enough to file multiple charges but appears to just be sitting on the evidence instead.
The idea that so many people could have touched that illegal FISA warrant of Carter Page, yet no one did anything illegal, never made a bit of sense. Durham has the goods and has likely had the goods for many months. But this is how business is done in Washington D.C. It doesn’t matter how corrupt something is, these agencies cover for each other. No one ever pays for what they do, and the game continues. A possible Joe Biden administration is just a green light to return to the way things always were. It’s one of the worst aspects of Trump losing this election, if he does indeed lose it after the electors vote in December.
Perhaps putting any faith in a career DOJ official was foolish. Expecting him to not white-wash what happened and protect his colleagues was always a tall order. It didn’t have to be this way, but in the end, the swamp won. You can expect the same thing to happen again the next time a Republican runs for president. With no consequences comes no deterrent.
Time Magazine provided An appraisal the scope of work in the Durham investigation:
In the spring of 2019, Durham was tasked with “exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. His mandate, the Justice Department also said, is to determine whether “intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign were lawful and appropriate.”
Since then, Durham has largely been quiet, and it remains unknown what exactly he is looking at. His investigation has garnered one guilty plea so far, from former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to making a false statement when he altered an email used in a request for a warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. It’s not known whether Durham is pursuing other criminal matters. Barr himself has traveled internationally to enlist the support of foreign officials in Durham’s investigation, including to the U.K. and Italy.
Attorney General William Barr declared that there was definitely spying on the Trump campaign and presidency in an investigation called “Crossfire Hurricane” that was largely built on the back of a bunch of faked memos produced by the Hillary Clinton campaign, dressed up as a “dossier,” and given cover by a compliant Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
The New York Times declared the scandal investigation over and done with last month, right before the election.
Part of Spygate’s fizzle may be related to the fact that three years on, none of Mr. Trump’s political enemies have been charged with crimes. Last year, a highly anticipated Justice Department inspector general’s report found no evidence of a politicized plot to spy on the Trump campaign — angering believers who thought the report would vindicate their belief in a criminal “deep state” plot against the president.
[…] Few right-wing narratives have been as durable as Spygate, which has morphed over time into a kind of catchall theory encompassing various allegations of Democratic malfeasance. Fox News hosts including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson went all in on it, as did Republicans in Congress, including Representative Devin Nunes of California and former Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. But nobody embraced the theory like Mr. Trump, who has returned to it frequently to deflect attention from his own troubles, whether it was the Mueller investigation or his administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of course, charges were expected to be brought at the end of the Durham investigation. The Connecticut U.S. attorney was tasked with looking into the scandal that involved using Hillary Clinton’s opposition research to lie about Trump being a “Russian asset” to hide her email and private server scandal. The bad intel was used to lie on applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It was later learned in leaked documents that President Obama was read into Clinton’s plot by CIA chief John Brennan, giving it the imprimatur of the Obama administration. The Justice Department inspector general found lying and wrongdoing by those involved, though others, such as former FBI Chief James Comey, were not charged because the IG’s office had no authority to refer charges against those no longer under the purview of the government agency.
At this juncture, it appears that official Washington intelligentsia is counting noses and votes and, in the interest of preserving their own hides, are giving up on doing what is right for the country. It may be realpolitik, but for the 70 million-plus people who voted for Donald Trump and want to see justice done, if Sean Davis’s source is right, there will be hell to pay.
Let’s go to the scorecard. The Left cows the Supreme Court to do its bidding or risk being diluted with court-packing thus getting election decisions that don’t rock the boat in the learned opinion of Andy McCarthy, and now it’s being reported that the Justice Department is dropping the spying scandal into candidate and President Trump.
They’d better be ready to mollify those 70 million-plus people and lay out their argument for no charges or reap the whirlwind. At every turn the treachery looks worse and worse.
God have mercy.✪