Elder Patriot – Opinion – While it’s understandable that Trump supporters are skeptical that there’s anyone who can be trusted to actually expose the Obama-era weaponization of our intelligence agencies there are indications that Attorney General William Barr is actually determined to do so.
To date, Barr’s words and actions belie a man who is endeavoring to continue the cover up of the most heinous political scandal in United States history.
However, when Barr appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to lead the investigation to determine the origins of the Obama administration spy operations against political opponents, it was perfectly reasonable for supporters of the president to worry, here we go again.
There were immediate concerns from long-suffering patriots that Durham was appointed to lead another downstream “investigation” that eats up time and produces nothing, similar to the one led by U.S. Attorney John Lausch.
But, a look at Durham’s history suggests may be a no nonsense lawman unlike former special counsel Robert Mueller.
From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Durham served as a Special Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and Head of the Justice Task Force, where he reviewed alleged criminal conduct by FBI personnel and other law enforcement corruption in Boston, led the prosecution of a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and a former Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant, and handled direct appeals and related proceedings following convictions after trial.
While the Washington swamp is different and more treacherous than any other in the United States – similar in its protective schemes to Moscow and Beijing – Durham has, at least, shown he is prepared to prosecute corrupt FBI agents in the past.
John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.
[…] Mr. Durham, who was nominated by Mr. Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982, has conducted special investigations under administrations of both parties. Attorney General Janet Reno asked Mr. Durham in 1999 to investigate the F.B.I.’s handling of a notorious informant: the organized crime leader James (Whitey) Bulger.
In 2008, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Mr. Durham to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes in 2005 showing the torture of terrorism suspects. A year later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded Mr. Durham’s mandate to also examine whether the agency broke any laws in its abuses of detainees in its custody.
In a sane world, Durham’s appointment would be considered a solid bi-partisan choice. But, we are not living in normal times.
Remember, both political parties are privately owned corporations that exist for the benefit of their employees – elected officials – and their mega-donors. They are only able to effectively accomplish that by convincing voters that they actually care about them.
Under President Obama the party so overplayed its hand that the corruption it was engaging in became too obvious to hide and now threatens to destroy all voter confidence in its members.
We are now watching the desperation of the Democratic Party as its elected representatives and senators endeavor to protect their own corrupt interests.
The other aspect of Durham’s appointment that gives us reason to believe he will expose the corrupt origins of Obama-era spying on the administration’s political opponents – believed to have been going on since at least 2012, well before Donald Trump decided to enter politics – is that by choosing a subordinate who will answer directly to him Barr retains control over all investigative procedures.
We should know about Durham’s intentions fairly quickly. It’s likely that virtually all of the evidence he needs has already been uncovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz whose report is expected to be released by the end of June.