Word comes down today of significant developments in the Barr/Durham investigation of how the Russia hoax was given birth. NBC reported that AG Bill Barr has greatly expanded his investigation and US Attorney John Durham wants to question a number of people in the IC:
WASHINGTON — A review launched by Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the Russia investigation has expanded significantly amid concerns about whether the probe has any legal or factual basis, multiple current and former officials told NBC News.
The prosecutor conducting the review, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, has expressed his intent to interview a number of current and former intelligence officials involved in examining Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Brennan told NBC News.
Durham has also requested to talk to CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department.
It is speculated that Durham’s investigation has evolved into a criminal one. Then the report adds something highly significant:
Justice Department officials have said that Durham has found something significant, and that critics should be careful.
John Brennan is sweating:
“I don’t know what the legal basis for this is,” Brennan said, calling the probe “bizarre.”
So are others:
Greg Brower, former assistant FBI director for congressional affairs and a former U.S. Attorney, said it’s not normal for a U.S. Attorney to conduct an investigation without an FBI referral of criminal allegations. That’s the role of inspector generals, he said.
We’ve already seen the FBI bury crimes. Not this time. And there’s more good news. The CIA weasels are lawyering up
[Connecticut U.S. Attorney John] Durham has also requested to talk to CIA analysts involved in the intelligence assessment of Russia’s activities, prompting some of them to hire lawyers, according to three former CIA officials familiar with the matter. And there is tension between the CIA and the Justice Department over what classified documents Durham can examine, two people familiar with the matter said.
Isn’t that too bad. And there’s even more good news.
Thanks to the estimable Sidney Powell,Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney, we know that the DOJ had possession of two phones owned by Josef Mifsud.
Lawyers for President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn claim the Justice Department is in possession of two Blackberry devices used by Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who allegedly played a central role in the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Sidney Powell, who took over Flynn’s legal defense a couple months ago, asked U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, the presiding judge in the D.C. District Court case, to order the Justice Department to produce the “data and metadata” related to the two devices, according to a Tuesday court filing.
The phones were obtained by the Justice Department “very recently,” Powell told the Washington Examiner, adding that Flynn’s defense team requested this information from DOJ prosecutors Brandon Van Grack and Jocelyn Ballantine on Friday by email but have not received it.
And now they are in the hands of John Durham.
Thanks to @GregRubini on Twitter, we know a LOT more about those Blackberrys:
Guess who is connected to HAYLUYT?
This strongly suggests that Josef Mifsud is a Western asset tied heavily to the UK. You will remember that none other than James Comey identified Mifsud as a “Russian agent.”
Comey lied about Mifsud and he lied about Carter Page.
By contrast, Mueller only went to far as to say Mifsud “had connections to Russia” and “maintained various Russian contacts,” including a with a former employee of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that investigators said carried out a social media disinformation campaign to sow discord in the 2016 election.
Yet Mueller chose not to pursue any of it. Devin Nunes was right- none of this made any sense. Mifsud appears to be a British asset.
You know, like Christopher Steele.
Keep in mind this from the Strzok/Page album as you consider the report that “Durham has found something significant”:
“White House is running this.”
It is finally getting real. The forecast calls for widely spread liberal whining with local periods of indignation.