OPINION| Lawrence David| If it seems to you that everything coming out of Washington these days is upside down, it’s because it is. We’re constantly being told to ignore the details and to listen to the narrative engineers because they know better.
We witnessed an impeachment that was founded on the testimony of two fact witnesses, both of who provided exculpatory evidence on the president’s behalf.
Three weeks of interpretation was expected to convince us that what evidence we have seen wasn’t really evidence at all.
The latest spin comes from the recently released IG report on FISA abuse, partly due to limitations on the inspector general’s investigative authority, and mostly due to his willingness to state his conclusion that President Obama knew nothing about the Spygate hoax against Donald Trump rather than properly offering that he couldn’t answer that question due to the aforementioned limitations.
The inspector general, Michael Horowitz never questioned key Obama appointees Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.
This wasn’t an oversight, deliberate or otherwise, by Horowitz. As the DOJ IG, he had no authority to interview anyone working outside the DOJ/FBI.
But, it did leave his investigation woefully devoid of testimony from many of the most important players (conspirators?). Especially in light of a particular text message from FBI lawyer Lisa Page to the lead Crossfire Hurricane special agent:
Yes, bc [because] POTUS wants to know everything we are doing.”
As former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray opined during an interview on Fox Nation:
“I cannot believe that there is an investigation that would take you inside a presidential campaign and four people who were targeted within that campaign and that doesn’t require some kind of supervisory review and initiation beyond simply the inner-reaches of the FBI.”
“The information about a FISA application went to — at least — the chief of staff to the attorney general of the United States and apparently there was no follow-up. The information also traveled, obviously, to the deputy attorney general that there was going to be a FISA review.
“That’s Loretta Lynch, who was the attorney general currently serving then — and Sally Yates, who is the deputy attorney general. And [Yates] was actually in the approval process with regard to the first FISA application [on Carter Page].”
While the IG report on FISA abuse is damning in the evidence that is presented, Horowitz’s refusal to raise questions that went beyond his investigative limitations, is the reason that both U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. attorney John Durham immediately took issue with Horowitz’s conclusions.
Prosecutor Durham has far broader, cross-agency investigative powers, including the authority to depose DNI Clapper, CIA chief Brennan, NSA Rice… and even former Manchurian President Obama.
In addition, both Barr and Durham have interviewed foreign intelligence assets giving them a more fulsome picture of the intelligence community’s actions during Crossfire Hurricane.
Durham also has the power to convene a grand jury and to compel testimony. It’s been reported that he has done both and that he’s acknowledged that his investigation is now criminal in nature.
AG Barr, who is kept abreast of Durham’s findings rejected Horowitz’s milquetoast conclusion immediately after the IG report became public:
“The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”
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…Justin case you thought we’d forgotten about you.
This article originally appeared atand was republished with permission.
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