For quite a while now, swampish Democrats have been claiming that the Department of Justice under the Trump Administration has been “politicized” and that the operations and decision making are all about political battles, not about law and order.
Not that this is really surprising, but the vociferousness of the claims is…intriguing.
Well, as it turns out, there’s a darn good reason for this. Under the radar and started long before any news outlet caught on that it was happening, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to look into a few things, and it seems that he’s ready to put the rubber to the road.
A number of former high-level Obama administration officials could fall into the investigative crosshairs of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s team as his probe into the handling of the Russia investigation rises to the level of a criminal inquiry.
The elevation in status means the U.S. attorney for Connecticut will be able to subpoena witnesses, file charges and impanel grand juries.
“You do not impanel a grand jury at this point unless you are going to indict,” a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News. “Durham is at a point where he knows he has crimes and now the question is how many people were involved and they have a pretty good idea of that group of people and what the charges can be and whether or not they can get some cooperators.”
So, Mr. Durham is looking for flippers among the dishonorable thieves.
As it happens, what this is all about is warrants obtained via the FISA courts.
One source told Fox News that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s forthcoming report, which will focus on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in connection with the early stages of the Russia probe, will shed light on why Durham’s investigation has become a criminal inquiry.
Horowitz, for more than a year and a half, has been investigating alleged misconduct related to the FISA warrants delivered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Justice Department and the FBI obtained warrants during the final months of the Obama administration in 2016 to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page. It is unclear, at this point, if Page was the only Trump campaign official that the DOJ obtained a FISA warrant against.
Were FISA warrants obtained illegally? Stay tuned. We may find out yet.