Let’s talk Bill Barr.
When he first came on the scene, I was skeptical given that the came from the Bush Administrations with clear Deep State ties all over the place.
ButI trusted President Trump’s judgment.
And at times it looked like he was making good progress.
But now as we sit here in December 2020, I look back and I’m hard pressed to think of anything notable that he did.
Keep in mind, this man had the full weight and power of the DOJ at his disposal, and what did he do with it?
Not much I can think of.
He did NOT investigate Hunter Biden.
He did NOT stop the witch hunts against President Trump.
He did NOT investigate the Clintons or the Clinton Foundation.
He did nothing about Joe Biden.
Huber was a bust.
And Durham is looking like a bust!
So I am growing extremely skeptical.
Yet I know some of you still trust Barr, and I sure do HOPE he is working on some master plan behind the scenes.
The Blaze seems to think that may be the case, and I have that theory for you right here.
Let’s hope this is true:
Legal expert explains the 'devilishly clever' move by AG Barr to appoint John Durham as 'special counsel' https://t.co/EenLI4V57f
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) December 5, 2020
It's enough to make one wonder why they were so willing to bargain "Special Prosecutors" down to "Special Counsels"…devilishly clever indeed:https://t.co/zBOaRKzNad
— @hauserplenty (@hauserplenty) December 5, 2020
From The Blaze:
Benjamin Wittes, an anti-Trump attorney and personal friend to former FBI Director James Comey, explained Friday that Attorney General William Barr’s decision to elevate U.S. Attorney John Durham to “special counsel” was “devilishly clever.”
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday:
Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal regulations that governed special counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe. He said Durham’s investigation has been narrowing to focus more on the conduct of FBI agents who worked on the Russia investigation, known by the code name of Crossfire Hurricane.
What did Wittes say?
According to Wittes, the move to make Durham a “special counsel” will make it virtually impossible for Barr’s successor and the Biden administration to stop Durham’s investigation.
“The move has the effect of saddling Biden with a special counsel investigation. Because while as a U.S. attorney, Durham can—and likely will—be dismissed in the normal course of the change of administration, as a special counsel he is protected from removal by regulations that require he can be fired only for ‘good cause’ or for some gross impropriety. He is also guaranteed a certain amount of day-to-day independence,” Wittes wrote in an essay at Lawfare.
There are, in fact, three genius reasons behind Barr’s move.
According to Wittes, Durham has a “sweeping mandate” and broad investigative authority to uncover crimes. Second, Barr’s move “creates a mandate for a public report from Durham.” And third, Barr’s appointment order of Durham as special counsel “closely resembles the appointment order for Mueller himself.”
This careful tracking of the Mueller appointment seems designed to make it awkward for a Democratic attorney general to come in and remove Durham or curtail his investigation. After all, Democrats, and many Republicans too, drew a firm line in insisting that Mueller not be fired and be allowed to complete his work. They also took a hard line in insisting that the special counsel regulations on the independence of the special counsel be respected. By setting this up as a direct legal parallel to the Mueller investigation, Barr puts those suspicious of the Durham investigation and wanting to curtail it in the position of having to argue, all of a sudden, that it’s actually okay to fire a special prosecutor or to figure out ways around the special counsel rules.
“Barr has played a dirty trick on his successor—one that will put the next attorney general in a genuine bind. There likely won’t be a good way to handle that bind,” Wittes concluded.
So…what do YOU think?