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Monday, November 11, 2019

Democrats prepare indictment spin



Among the competing explanations for the Democrat Party's inexplicable obsession with impeachment is to divert attention from the Inspector General indictments stemming from the Russian Collusion Hoax.

All we know is Attorney General Bill Barr assigned the case to U.S. Attorney John Durham. The DC press corps has reported no leaks about the investigation, which means what is leaked is not good news for Democrats. The DC press still believes if it does not report a story, it does not exist.

On the other hand, expect nothing. James Comey was supposed to be this fair and impartial by-the-book FBI director who would just follow the facts in the Hillary case. He ignored the facts and let her go.

So no excitement without an indictment.

But Democrats are worried, which amuses me.

Daily Kos reported, "Barr appears to have taken the results of an inspector general report that was expected to end weeks ago, rolled it together with the investigation-into-the-investigation that he launched under the nominal control of prosecutor John Durham, and capped it all with the findings of a world tour that included attempts to get the Australian government, the Italian government, and the U.K. government to participate in attacks on U.S. intelligence agencies. What’s going to come out the other end could be a dud, but it could launch an effort to derail the impeachment process — and more."

So the report is not out but it is a dud that is designed to torpedo an impeachment that was launched months after the investigation began. That impeachment is based on Barr contacting foreign governments for cooperation in a police investigation into the 2016 election.

Daily Kos also reported, "Barr’s effort to create a comprehensive, all-conspiracy-theories-combined report seems to have delayed delivery of the long-expected findings from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Republicans were generally thrilled by Horowitz’s earlier report in which he was critical of former FBI director James Comey for his handling of some classified materials. That report had right-wing news outlets clamoring over potential charges against Comey. But despite claims that the findings justified Republican attacks on the entire Russia investigation, the actual complaints were minor and led to nothing."

Minor and led to nothing.

Hmm.

Just like Patrick Fitzgerald's prosecution of Scooter Libby and Robert Mueller's prosecution of General Michael Flynn.

Daily Kos, citing no sources, reported, "Barr and his associates have been racing to complete this report so that it can be dropped on the impeachment inquiry before the holidays. Major parts of the report apparently remain unwritten, but the fact that the publicity campaign is getting underway in advance of the report’s completion is not exactly a sign that this is going to be a contrite nothing major found report. And Barr has been at the center of forwarding Trump’s conspiracy theories and supporting attacks on the intelligence community. He’s already said, 'I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. I think spying did occur, but the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.'

"The report coming back could declare no evidence to support Trump’s conspiracy theories and say that Barr found that spying to be adequately predicated. Don’t count on it. And don’t count on there not being indictments."

Democrats are afraid because they know there is no such thing as adequately predicating political spying. This is Obama's Watergate.

Whether Barr is up to the task remains to be seen. I doubt it, in part because I think he wants to live.

Chuck Schumer said the intelligence community can get back at you six ways to Sunday. We have only seen three of their ways.

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