Fox News: The U.S. attorney appointed to examine the origins of the Russia investigation has been working on his review “for weeks,” a person familiar with the process told Fox News on Tuesday, to probe “all intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
Elder Patriot – Opinion – How many weeks ago becomes relevant as we consider Democrat Senators’ calls for Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself. At least to the degree that anything in the Mueller Report matters as to the special counsel’s inability to make a call on obstruction.
Barr, who has been in contact with Inspector General Michael Horowitz since he first took office, apparently knew more than he let on during his testimony in front of the senate last month.
That was when he told Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that, he thought spying occurred.
AG William Barr says he believes "there was spying" on the 2016 Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/mpEwQY5x4i
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) April 10, 2019
“I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur.
“The question is whether it was adequately predicated. I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.
“I think it is my obligation.”
For someone as measured in his comments to give even that much means Barr likely already had the answers to that question when he gave his answer to Sen. Shaheen.
The legal reality is that Mueller punted on his legal obligations to either charge or decline to charge. Instead he submitted an open-ended 448-page document for strictly political purposes.
Democrats demanded that Mueller’s political diatribe and mental gymnastics be made public without redaction, something they knew that Barr was restrained from doing by existing law.
Again, it cannot be stated enough: Bill Barr is following the law. Democrats are demanding he violate it—and then holding him in contempt when he doesn’t.
This is not serious. It is a political temper tantrum masquerading as oversight. https://t.co/mi5R5zKlSr
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) May 9, 2019
But that didn’t stop Democrat Senators from attacking Barr from every imaginable angle.
During Barr’s Senate testimony, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked Attorney General William Barr whether he spoke to the White House about any of the 12 cases referred by special counsel Robert Mueller to federal prosecutors asked Barr if he would recuse himself from those investigations.
A couple of days after that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) argued in a Friday Washington Post op-ed that Attorney General William Barr should recuse himself from matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation.
According to the standard espoused by Mueller, anything critical said by the target of an investigation directed towards the person or persons investigation the target may be grounds for obstruction charges.
Nothing President Trump said about Mueller, or former FBI Director James Comey for that matter, came close to the words of the despicable, low-IQ attack dog senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono:
Here’s the bottom line. When all of the political barking is ignored, we are left with the fact that Donald Trump committed no predicate offense to precipitate the investigation that followed.
That leaves us with the disturbing possibility that the investigation was a political gambit targeting a duly elected president.
The American people have every right to demand answers to whether the past three years was a politically motivated coup attempt.
Democrats who stand in the way of determining whether a real crime, or crimes, were committed by Obama’s intelligence agencies, are now themselves standing in the way of an investigation – a serious investigation and not one that was trumped up for political purposes.