I’ve been telling you all day….it’s ALL coming out now!
The Democrats committed a fatal error thinking this “Whistleblower” nonsense was a good idea.
It was as fake as the whole Russia Collusion story, and now it looks like all the dirty laundry is about to come out.
Careful what you wish for Dems, because you just might get it!
Sooner rather than later too!
Take a look:
From the Washington Examiner:
The Justice Department revealed that U.S. Attorney John Durham, picked by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, is investigating whether Ukraine was involved in any 2016 election efforts.
“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Wednesday. “While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”
Durham has been Barr's right hand as the two look into the complicated and classified issuessurrounding how an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russia — dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” — got its start, though the U.S. attorney from Connecticut has been virtually silent since his selection.
The DOJ's statement comes as the White House released a transcript of the controversial July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump suggests that Ukraine should investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a company owned by Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky was being investigated by top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, though it is in dispute how serious that investigation was. Trump also suggested that Ukraine should look into issues surrounding the alleged involvement of some Ukrainians in interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
Biden boasted in 2018 that, as vice president, he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine didn’t fire Shokin, which Trump's allies have said was because of the investigation, but Democrats have said was part of a U.S. and European effort to oust Shokin as ineffective and a hindrance to Ukraine’s anti-corruption investigations. Ukraine removed Shokin in 2016.
DOJ also made it clear that Trump never told Barr to contact Ukraine about any investigation of Biden, nor did Barr ever discuss these issues with Ukraine or with Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Trump gave Barr “ full and complete authority to declassify information” related to the origins of the Trump-Russia probe in May after Barr had infuriated Democrats when he said “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign and refused to backtrack. Republicans have alleged that foreign intelligence agencies, like those in Western Europe, may have played a role in eavesdropping on or otherwise monitoring Trump campaign associates in 2016.
Durham’s investigation is separate from the one that was just finished by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The DOJ watchdog investigated allegations of abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the DOJ and FBI, and Horowitz has spoken with Durham, who is handling any criminal referrals from Horowitz’s investigation.
And from the Washington Times:
Earlier this year, Attorney General William P. Barr tapped Mr. Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to review how the FBI began its investigation into Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign and whether the agency improperly spied on key campaign figures.
“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
Ms. Kupec said Ukrainians who are not government officials have already volunteered information as part of the probe. She also said that Mr. Barr has not yet contacted the Ukrainian government over the investigation.
Ukraine has been at the center of a political firestorm in Washington as controversy swirls around Mr. Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asking him to reopen that country’s investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of current Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.
At some point during the call, Mr. Trump appears to ask the Ukrainian president if someone in his country has a server that contains some emails of his 2016 presidential election rival Hillary Clinton.
“I would like to ask you to do us a favor, though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraineknows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine. They say Crowdstrike…I guess you have one of your wealthy people…the server, they saw Ukraine has it,” Mr. Trump said in the call, according to a transcript.
It is not clear exactly what Mr. Trump was referring to. CrowdStrike is the name of the cybersecurity firm that was hired to probe the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016.
Mr. Trump has previously referred to Sunnyvale, California-based CrowdStrike as a Ukrainian company. In a 2017 interview with The Associated Press, the president claimed the company is Ukrainian.
“I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian. That’s what I heard,” he told the news outlet.
CrowdStrike’s co-founder and CTO, Dmitri Alperovitch, is a U.S. citizen and was born in Russia.
CrowdStrike traced the DNC server hacks to a group of Russian hackers. Their findings ultimately led to special counsel Robert Mueller charging two hacker groups with interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
The company turned over its forensic analysis of the hacks to the FBI, but it did not provide the server.
Some have alleged CrowdStrike helped sweep the DNC breach under the rug. Roger Stone’s attorneys have asked a federal judge to turn over CrowdStrike’s report on the hacks, alleging the Justice Department failed to “independently verify” the findings.
Now THAT is a good looking hat!
Only while they last!