What's going on with the Durham investigation, if anything?
Ever since Attorney General Barr appointed U.S. attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion probe, Trump-supporters have been waiting for the bomb to drop. And waiting. And waiting. But nothing ever happens.
Judicial Watch's founder, Tom Fitton, thinks conservatives are being scammed. Instead of an investigation, it's just another Washington cover-up. I suspect (or, maybe, hope), though, that Barr and Durham are holding their fire because of the election.
Tom Fitton, whose organization doggedly uncovers documents the swamp wants to hide, was on Fox News's Lou Dobbs Tonight. He is concerned that the John Durham investigation is a sham:
According to Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton, Trump supporters are getting taken for a ride. Fitton said during a recent appearance on Fox Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that Barr and Durham are making no progress on investigating what very well may be the worst criminal conspiracy in U.S. history.
"You know, my concern is it's been, what, sixteen-plus months since Durham was appointed and only now is he questioning Mr. Brennan," Fitton said.
Fitton said that he is inclined to believe disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan when he says that he is not a person of interest in Durham's investigation.
"I don't see grand juries operating. I don't see a bunch of witnesses coming in. I don't see lawyers complaining about their clients being brought in before Durham," Fitton said.
He said that the Mueller investigation was run much more thoroughly than Durham's so-called investigation, the goal of which appears to be protecting the deep state.
"You know when the government is being pressure [sic] on witnesses and subjects and that is not evident here," Fitton said, adding that it is his opinion that Durham is "not doing the work" needed to bring deep state criminals to justice.
You can see the whole interview here:
Fitton may be correct. Conservatives have been patiently waiting to see the players in the Russia collusion hoax, which involved illegal spying on American citizens, followed by even more illegal spying on a sitting president, doing their perp walks. Instead, conservatives have gotten a whole lot of nothing in 16 months.
However, I'd like to propose two other theories:
1. Trump is a master showman. He knows that people who are not politically obsessed don't start paying attention until the election draws near. He may have asked Barr and Durham to hold off until September and October, when any announcements will have maximum impact.
2. Barr wanted to have indictments, if any, take place early in the year so criminal actions would be in play by the time the election rolled around. If the cases were solid, even if Trump lost the election, it would be hard to dismiss the cases without some uproar.
What changed that plan was the lockdown, which stopped everything in its tracks. At this point, perhaps Barr is waiting to see how the election turns out. First, since the Democrats are showing every sign of planning a coup, every bit of Justice Department energy has to be turned to ensuring fair elections.
Second, if Trump wins, it will be clear sailing to arrest and prosecute the people who used the Constitution like toilet paper. Alternatively, if the Democrats manage to get Biden into the White House, there's no mileage whatsoever in opening prosecutions because the first thing that Biden's attorney general (San Francisco's Chesa Boudin? Chicago's Kim Foxx?) will do is dismiss them.
If my second theory is correct, that's another reason to get out and vote — in person — for Donald Trump. After all, it seems as if there's still stunning evidence developing in the investigation:
Image: John Durham, public domain image.