Back in April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out of seclusion for long enough to try to tamp down GOP anger over his refusal to appoint a special prosecutor to look into what appeared to many in Congress…and the White House…to be widespread abuse of power by the FBI during the 2016 election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have declined calls to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI’s behavior during the 2016 campaign, but the man he has picked to lead an internal Justice Department review is a special counsel in every way but name.
John W. Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, can convene a grand jury, issue subpoenas, collect evidence and order witnesses to testify — all the usual powers a federal prosecutor has — as he delves into whether the FBI abused its powers when it sought permission and then carried out wiretapping of a Trump campaign figure, or whether it trod too lightly in pursuing questions about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Not much has been heard from Mr. Huber. But the DOJ IG is getting close to releasing what is expected to be a scathing report of how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. This has led the FBI and parts of Justice to befoul itself and begin leaking like the Titanic in order to get its story to the public first.
Yesterday, Joe diGenova was on Tucker Carlson’s show
“We know that Hillary Clinton was illegally exonerated. We knew that a year ago,” the former prosecutor said.
“We know that there was a substantial effort to frame the current president of the United States with crimes by infiltrating his campaign and then his administration with spies that the FBI had set upon them.”
“We have learned that the crimes were committed by the FBI, senior members of the Department of Justice, John Brennan, Mr. [James] Clapper, Mr. [James] Comey and others associated with the Democratic Party,” he continued. “And Donald Trump and his associates committed no crimes.”
“Categorically and unequivocally, it has been proved that the FBI, in violation of all guidelines, all legislation — and I believe they committed crimes in doing so — purposely sent people into the Trump campaign to plant false information, then force that information to be forwarded back to CIA, and then funneled to the FBI, to be used as false information in FISA applications,” he said.
“Everybody involved in that process, who knowingly participated, committed a crime,” DiGenova concluded.
He explained that “criminal referrals have already been made.”
“And I suggest that Mr. Brennan, who loves to make comments about the process, get himself a good lawyer not a good writer,” DiGenova said.
Let’s look at this. First off, it is not unlikely that the DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, expanded the scope of his investigation. If Robert Mueller can investigate financial transactions from a dozen years ago as part of looking at Russian collusion in 2016, Horowitz looking at FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign would be a non-issue, particularly since Horowitz is the guy who uncovered the Page-Strzok texts as part of his investigation. Based on what we’ve seen to date, there doesn’t seem to be much doubt that Brennan, Clapper, and Comey were working in concert to push the collusion narrative. Is that criminal? I don’t know.
The bottom line here is do you think Joe diGenova was using hyperbole to entertain and build his value to Fox News as a contributor? Or was he using information he’d gathered from contacts, and contacts are something diGenova has in abundance, so he can say, “I told you so” when it actually happens.
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