Posted originally on the conservative tree house on November 14, 2021 | Sundance | 107 Comments
We begin any outline of the Durham investigation with the following disclaimer: How is John Durham going to reveal everything that is possible about the deep state Trump targeting operation, and simultaneously handle the involvement of Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann and the Special Counsel team who were specifically appointed to cover it up.
Kash Patel, former Pentagon Chief of Staff, and former Senior Staff Advisor to the House Intelligence Committee, discusses the recent public developments within the John Durham investigation, and gives his opinion on possible targets who were operating inside government.
Patel holds the opinion that Joe Biden’s current National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is a likely target. Patel also says he could see three former FBI officials as targets of the Durham probe: (1) former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; (2) former FBI Special Agent in the Counterintelligence Division, Peter Strzok; and (3) former DOJ legal counsel to Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page.
Patel frames his opinion that Andrew McCabe would be targeted from the perspective that McCabe likely told FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith to change the wording of an email in order to support the Carter Page FISA application renewal. Clinesmith plead guilty and was sentenced to six months probation; however, in the court filings and affidavits, Clinesmith said under oath he acted alone – so I’m not sure why Patel is confident about Andrew McCabe being at risk from Clinesmith. WATCH:
Everyone is rightly frustrated by the lack of legal accountability upon the primary government officials and politicians who participated in the political use of their agencies to target Donald Trump. However, it is important to keep in mind the biggest network who participated in Spygate from inside government was the Robert Mueller Special Counsel team.
It is going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to have an optimistic outlook toward accountability until someone -anyone- can reconcile how John Durham can target former government officials and yet avoid the scale of the Special Counsel efforts that were deployed to cover it up. The 2016 DOJ/FBI Crossfire Hurricane operation to the 2017 DOJ/FBI Special Counsel is one long continuum of the same exact corrupt investigation; done for the exact same corrupt intents; and carried out by the same people.
There is no way John Durham is going to touch the Special Counsel investigation of Robert Mueller; and until someone can provide a reasonable discussion of how Durham can deal with the Robert Mueller investigation and yet target former government officials -who were protected by Mueller- everything regarding future indictments of bigger fish is essentially hope porn.
I do not believe anyone from within the Obama loyalist camp will be touched by Durham. However, those who were in the Clinton camp can be targets of Durham depending on how close they are to the proximity of the dividing line between Clinton and Obama. Those who are close to the Obama line are more safe than those who are distant from it.
That’s what we are seeing with John Durham.
Durham cannot/will not cross the line that protects Team Obama, because he knows the barbed wire Bill Barr put down. Former AG Bill Barr gave Team Obama (which includes Democrat politicians in positions of power) a defensive weapon that sits in a drawer in case Durham exceeds his politically permitted mandate.
Under DOJ regulations [28 cfr 600], a Special Counsel must come from “outside government“; John Durham was not outside government and did not resign his position prior to the appointment. Bill Barr gave the appearance of a Special Counsel appointment while knowing the legal validity could easily collapse upon challenge (if the Biden administration choose):
“(a) An individual named as Special Counsel shall be a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decisionmaking, and with appropriate experience to ensure both that the investigation will be conducted ably, expeditiously and thoroughly, and that investigative and prosecutorial decisions will be supported by an informed understanding of the criminal law and Department of Justice policies. The Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government. Special Counsels shall agree that their responsibilities as Special Counsel shall take first precedence in their professional lives, and that it may be necessary to devote their full time to the investigation, depending on its complexity and the stage of the investigation.” (link)
Obviously, Bill Barr is a smart man. He would know the regulations he cited would require the Special Counsel to come from “outside the U.S. government,” thus such a simple flaw cannot be looked upon as anything except purposeful. Should John Durham get too close to the Obama line of protection, the political system will defend itself by highlighting that John Durham has no legal authority. That’s how DC protects itself.
Bill Barr was the Bondo application, John Durham is the spray paint.
The final accountability you are being provided by the Durham probe is your ability to snark and yell “I toldyaso” at the leftists and political media. That is why John Durham is providing “speaking indictments“.
Durham is purposefully giving all of the right-wing media, pundits and the deep-weed followers of Spygate, fuel for their righteous indignation -an opportunity to yell ‘TOLDYASO‘- in the indictments of those who are a long way from the Obama dividing line. Egg on the faces of those who pushed the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory, and that’s where it stops.
On the date of that appointment 10/19/20, which we did not know at the time it took place (we discover in December), President Trump gave remarks that need to be considered in hindsight. In hindsight, it looks like Bill Barr told someone, likely the White House counsel, that John Durham was formally appointed and that would be kept a secret until after the election.
Donald Trump’s “I’ll only say this once” remarks about Bill Barr were made on the same October 19th date Bill Barr appointed Durham.
[Prompted, @14:20 watch]